From the beginning of his interview with Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), MSNBC host Ari Melber blasted the positions of the National Rifle Association-backed congressman in the wake of last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“There’s no constitutional right to have those guns like an an AR-15,” Melber said, referencing the weapon used by Parkland suspect Nikolas Cruz and a majority of attackers in recent mass shootings. “So why is it so important to you to make sure people can get them?”
“Well, look, there is a Second Amendment and it is reasonable to protect the Second Amendment,” Burgess, who has an “A” rating from the NRA for his pro-gun positions, said before the host cut him off.
“This is not about the Second Amendment, sir,” Melber said as the Texas Republican spoke over him, claiming he would be “distressed” if his First Amendment rights were threatened.
“The NRA stands for gun safety, responsible gun ownership, every interaction I have had with the NRA that has been what has been stressed,” the congressman insisted.
Melber went on to cite a 2017 circuit court opinion that stated that there “is no Second Amendment protection for weapons of war,” which arguably includes assault-style rifles like the AR-15.
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WATCH: Katie Porter explains to constituents why her conscience demands support for Trump impeachment inquiry
Congresswoman Katie Porter, in a video posted on social media Monday night, shared with residents of her purple California district why she is joining dozens of other Democrats who support launching an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
"I didn't come to Congress to impeach the president," said the first-term representative. "But when faced with a crisis of this magnitude, I cannot with a clean conscience ignore my duty to defend the Constitution. I can't claim to be committed to rooting out corruption and putting people over politics and then not apply those same principles and standards in all of the work I do."
Bernie Sanders calls fact that minimum wage worker cannot afford 2-bedroom apartment in any US state ‘a national disgrace’
For a decade, U.S. lawmakers have kept the federal minimum wage at a level which increasingly leaves workers unable to afford housing.
That's according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). The group's 30th annual study of housing affordability found that a worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25—which is unchanged since 2009—cannot afford to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment in any state, metropolitan area, or county in the United States.
There is growing concern that China is trying to use universities to silence its critics in the West
This is an important year in Chinese history. It marks the anniversaries of two political movements involving students and scholars: the May Fourth Movement and the Tiananmen Square protests – known in China as the June Fourth Incident.
The May Fourth Movement of 1919 challenged traditional Chinese values and authorities and demanded freedom of speech and democracy. Seventy years later – and 40 years after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had taken power – students, scholars, and other citizens mobilised again in defence of freedom of speech, human rights, and democratic values. But on June 4 1989, the CCP brutally crushed their movement. The crackdown created a legacy of heavily censored wrongs that cannot be righted while the current system lasts.