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Gun lobbyist bizarrely claims guns too dangerous to unload before taking to school: ‘It will lead to an accident’

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Pro-gun lobbyist Richard Rogers said this week that parents should be allowed to bring loaded firearms to school because it is too dangerous to unload and secure them before picking up children.

Rogers, a lobbyist for the NRA-affiliated Iowa Firearms Coalition, told the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee that he supports a state Senate bill that would allow parents to bring loaded handguns onto school grounds without first securing the firearm.

“Say a person wasn’t planning to pick up their kids but their spouse calls and says I need you to pick up Johnny and Sally and take them to the dentist,” Rogers explained to lawmakers. “He drives up on the property, pulls up on the U drive, sees his kids there, picks them up, he’s committed a felony.”

Parents who carry concealed weapons are currently required to unload and lock their weapons in the trunk of the vehicle before driving onto school property.

Rogers contended that guns were too dangerous to constantly load and unload.

“That manipulation of the weapon multiplied many times through the year ultimately will lead to an accident,” he opined.

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Republican state Sen. Jason Schultz said that he also supported the idea of parents carrying loaded guns on school property.

“The more good guys you get armed in our schools I believe the safer our children,” Schultz opined. “If we could expand this further I would.”

The committee passed the bill unanimously with bipartisan support. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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Nightmare scenario: Trump could lose by 5 million votes — but still win re-election by one electoral vote

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President Donald Trump could potentially win re-election next year by a single electoral vote.

In that nightmare scenario for Democrats, the president could lose the popular vote -- again -- but still narrowly eke out an electoral win by holding onto four states he carried in 2016, reported Axios.

Even if Democrats flip Michigan and Pennsylvania, increase their vote totals in California and come close to winning Texas -- which could give them 5 million more votes than Trump -- their candidate could still lose if Trump narrowly wins Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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Hope Hicks’ latest obstruction just gave the Democrats a major weapon: report

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Hope Hicks didn't provide much information for Democrats in her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee -- but she may have cracked the stone wall the White House has built around former staffers.

President Donald Trump's former communications director -- and perhaps his most trusted aide outside his family -- claimed blanket immunity throughout her closed-door testimony, but Hicks still gave Democrats something in their legal battle against the White House, argued Margaret Carlson for The Daily Beast.

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A number of Democrats running for president are kind of weird about food

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The New York Times has posted a series of short videos of the Democratic candidates for president answering important questions, like what they propose to do about our broken health care system and just how crooked Donald Trump is. Because campaign coverage demands candidates be allowed “human” (debatable!) moments, the Times also asked the participating candidates about their go-to comfort foods on the campaign trail.

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