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Exasperated ex-cop drops hammer on Trump and Congress over guns: ‘Get off your asses’ and do something before more kids die

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Discussing the latest details of yet another mass shooting — this time in a California bar where at least 12 died — on CNN, a former New York City detective bitterly complained that lawmakers in Washington DC are ignoring the epidemic of mass slaughter in the U.S. because of the easy access to guns.

With reports coming in that the Thousand Oaks shooter suffered from PTSD and had previously been interviewed by law enforcement and allowed to keep his gun, ex-cop Tom Verni grew agitated while talking about the shooting.

“I’ve been doing this for a few years since I retired. it’s the same scenario over and over again,” Verni began. “It’s a person with mental illness or someone who snaps. They have access to weapons. They go in, take out a dozen, two dozen, three, four dozen people at a concert. 20 school children in first grade. I mean, where does this stop?”

“I was on Don Lemon’s show a while back about another shooting, and I made the simple point,” he continued. “For me, the line in the sand was Sandy Hook. If you are not completely disturbed by what happened in Sandy Hook with 20 first grade children — not that any of these victims are not as important, please don’t get the wrong idea, condolences to the families and victims of the tragedy — but when 20 first grade children are slaughtered in their classroom and six of their teachers and no one lifts a finger to do anything, where are we in this country?”

“My personal belief is that the pain is not great enough,” he lamented. “The pain is not great enough for someone to address the mental health issue in the country. The pain is not great enough for people to stop the flowing of arms into our cities and into the hands of people who have mental illnesses.”

“One of the first things President Trump did when he came into office is remove a law that enables people with mental illness to get their hands on a gun,” Verni accused. “So it has to be a top-down initiative. From the president and everyone in D.C. get off your asses and do something to protect our kids!”

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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‘He clocked Beto’: Van Jones says ‘Castro came out of nowhere’ to dominate the first Democratic debate

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CNN host Van Jones asserted on Wednesday that former Transporation Secretary Julián Castro was the breakout star of the first Democratic presidential debate.

"I was super proud to be a Democrat," Jones said following the debate. "I thought they all did better than Trump."

The CNN host went on to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a "college professor" compared to the other candidates, who he said were more like "graduate students."

"She is able to go back and forth between policy and the human thing," Jones marveled before moving on to praise Castro.

"It was Castro that came out of nowhere!" Jones exclaimed. "Nobody was talking about Castro. He did the Texas takedown, turned around, clocked Beto [O'Rourke]. I mean, you never saw it coming."

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CNN’s Toobin shuts down Rick Santorum for spinning about the Mueller report

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that there was no point to Democrats calling former special counsel Robert Mueller for a public hearing — but legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin quickly shut him down.

"The Democrats think it will spark some sort of outrage for impeachment," said Santorum. "I just think, and this is why the president is frustrated, it's because they won't let go. They won't accept the fact that the American public moved on and they haven't."

"Jeff? Has the American public moved on?" asked Cooper.

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