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WATCH: Gun dealer who sold weapons to Las Vegas killer blames bad parenting for mass murder

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An unrepentant firearms dealer who sold weapons to Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock went on Van Jones‘ show today to say that bad parenting is to blame for incidents like the recent Parkland police shooting.

David Famiglietti has admitted to selling “a few guns” to Stephen Paddock, the killer who slaughtered 58 people and injured 489 more. Famiglietti later described Paddock as a “nut job.”

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“I’m obviously a gun enthusiast and a hunter and I have a reason to have what I have,” he said. “And I also believe I don’t need a reason to have what I have.”

CNN’s Van Jones took Famiglietti and two of Paddock’s surviving victims for a ride around Las Vegas to discuss gun control.

“We all had guns in our trucks in high school and nobody shot up the schools,” Famiglietti said. “I think we have to look at what the real problem is—I don’t think it’s the guns. I think maybe we have to look at some parenting.”

In the case of Paddock, bad parenting may have been a factor. The 64-year-old gambler and firearms enthusiast did have a father who was on the FBI’s most-wanted list.

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“Do you understand that if you ban guns tomorrow or the sell of guns or took my guns away, that it don’t help your child’s safety at all? Because the guns in the hands of the wrong people are still out there?” Famiglietti said. “Nobody has ever come up with something that will actually help.”

Famiglietti opposes regulation of bump stocks and silencers.

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“Bump stocks have nothing to do with it. Bump stock that’s making you fire a rifle faster. It’s almost silly, you lose accuracy, because bouncing all over the place and going crazy,” he said. “A silencer does not make a gun silent. It makes it OK for your hearing. It lowers the decibels.”

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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‘There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there’: Joe Biden at Cape Cod fundraiser

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Former Vice President Joe Biden defended Republican lawmakers in DC as "decent people" during a campaign fundraiser held at Cape Cod.

"There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there," Biden argued, according to Washington Post reporter Matt Viser.

"I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but...every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me," he said.

”Because they know I respect the other team. I do. They’re decent people," Biden claimed. "They ran because they care about things, but they’re intimidated right now.”

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