In the wake of the massacre at Pulse night club in Orlando, National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre argued on Sunday that American families should arm themselves because terrorists were “on the verge of overwhelming us.”
LaPierre told CBS host John Dickerson that “we all mourn” for victims of the Orlando shooting, “but we face a terrorist challenge where they are on the verge of overwhelming us.”
The NRA chief argued that President Barack Obama and other Democratic lawmakers were trying to “divert” attention away from terrorism by pushing an assault weapons ban and other gun safety measures.
“You can’t save the country with politics,” LaPierre opined. “It’s all being politicized with a politically correct White House’s nose and fingers in areas they don’t belong.”
According to LaPierre, preventing suspects on the terrorist watch list from buying guns would be “tipping off the bad guy.”
“But you also don’t want terrorists with guns in their hands,” Dickerson pointed out.
“We need to look right in the face of what these people are, they don’t care about the law,” LaPierre declared. “I mean, these bad guys we’re facing, they don’t say, ‘Oh gosh, they passed a law. Oh gosh, I don’t think I can do it.’ It’s like what we’re doing with this debate on the hill right now, it’s like they are trying to stop a freight train with a piece of Kleenex.”
LaPierre went on to say that the solution to dealing with terrorists in the U.S. was to “attack them.”
“The fact is, we need to face what’s coming,” he warned. “They’re trying to kill us. They’re not going to attack hard targets… They’re going to go for shopping malls, they’re going to go for churches. The fact is, we need vigilance, we need preparedness. We need a full court press on personal protection.”
“They’re coming,” he continued. “And they’re going to try to kill us, and we need to be prepared.”
“Let’s get the bad guys off the street, attack the terrorists and leave the good guys alone.”
Watch the video below from CBS, broadcast June 19, 2016.
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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.
A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.
The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.
Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.
"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."
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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.
"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."
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"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.