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Donald Trump, Jr. lashed out at public school teachers as he ranted in defense of guns following Tuesday's school shooting massacre in Uvalde, Texas.
"It's the gun, it's not the sociopath wielding it, folks," he said in a video posted to Rumble. "If it wasn't for the gun, this kid would be a well-adjusted, reasonable individual, he'd be a wonderful human being, right?"
"He wouldn't have done the exact same thing with a bat or a bomb or some sort of improvised device or a machete, he's a great kid, don't judge him," he said.
The 18-year-old suspect, who allegedly murdered 19 children and 2 teachers, reportedly was armed with a Daniel Defense AR-15 rifle and 1,6000 rounds of ammunition.
"We can't acknowledge what the actual causes are, it's not a drug-addict mother and a missing father and a lack of religion, indoctrination programs in our schools, crazy teachers teaching some of the crap I've talking about in these videos. It's none of those things," he said. "It never ends man."
"Our own stupidity, apathy, wokeness, laziness, that's the problem, folks, and until we fix that, the rest is just talk and crap," he said.
Trump, Jr. said, "no one can admit somebody is actually a piece of garbage and screwed up."
Anger over the National Rifle Association blocking gun safety legislation following yet another fatal mass shooting boiled over at TEDxPortland event.
"Organizers of the lecture and music event TEDxPortland angered some audience members by giving independent candidate for governor Betsy Johnson, who in the past earned an A rating from the National Rifle Association, an unannounced spot in its event lineup Saturday," The Oregonian reported. "The group also appeared to have run afoul of IRS rules that prohibit tax-exempt non-profits from giving any political candidate preferential treatment."
The newspaper noted Johnson could potentially have some wiggle-room as the has not yet officially qualified for the ballot by collecting signatures but noted it is "something no one doubts an established officeholder with her financial backing will accomplish."
"Johnson, who voted against gun safety bills as a Democrat in the Oregon Senate and mentioned being a gun owner during her TEDxPortland talk at the Moda Center Saturday afternoon, drew jeers, boos and shouted demands for gun control during her time on stage," the newspaper noted.
David Rae, the nonprofit's president, was interviewed by The Oregonian.
The newspaper reported, "By inviting the career politician with nearly $9 million in backing from Oregon powerbrokers including Nike co-founder Phil Knight and a host of timber millionaires, he said, 'We are just trying to offer an intimate conversation in front of 7,000 people with a courageous woman, right?' In the days since a shooter used an assault weapon to brutally kill 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school, much of the national conversation has revolved around gun safety legislation, which made the timing of Johnson’s appearance at the non-political event particularly fraught."
Tina Kotek is the Democratic Party nominee for governor and Christine Drazan is the GOP standard bearer.
KGW reporter Evan Watson posted photos and video from the event on social media:
\u201cTEDxPortland: In a surprise and unannounced decision, #TEDxPDX brings non-affiliated Oregon Governor candidate Betsy Johnson on stage for an interview\n\nAfter a few questions, audience members shout for her to address gun control, pushing her on her past record #Audac10us @KGWNews\u201d— Evan Watson (@Evan Watson) 1653763100
\u201cPART 2: Johnson mentioned being a gun owner and representing gun owners in her district before turning the answer to thoughts on the mental health crisis, which sparked some cheers but also more frustration for some #TEDxPDX @KGWNews #Audac10us\u201d— Evan Watson (@Evan Watson) 1653763100
\u201cPART 4: The #TEDxPDX host says they\u2019re not going to solve gun control in 4 minutes, adding this is \u201cnot a debate, this is not @KGWNews.\u201d\n\nStill, a tense crowd at the Moda Center. Johnson was not listed on the speaker agenda or in the program for today\u2019s schedule.\u201d— Evan Watson (@Evan Watson) 1653763100
\u201cFor context, here\u2019s our latest @KGWNews report on the Oregon Governor candidates and where they stand on gun control.\n\nJohnson said today that the type of gun \u201cdoesn\u2019t dictate its lethality.\u201d The NRA gave her an A rating in 2018. \nhttps://t.co/wZ2WEj1IKu\u201d— Evan Watson (@Evan Watson) 1653763100
Security guards at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston blocked a small group of Proud Boys extremists from entering the security perimeter Saturday at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Washington Times reported.
“The security agents told The Washington Times that NRA officials directed them not to allow Proud Boys through the gate,” the newspaper reported. “The group walked away in their signature yellow and black clothing toward the gun control protesters on the other side of the street and Houston Police established a hard barrier dividing them. The NRA did not return a request for comment.”
Houston TV station KHOU-11 reported that law enforcement broke up multiple arguments between the Proud Boys and gun-control protesters who were across the street from the convention at Discovery Green. Fencing had been erected to keep the two sides apart, the Houston Chronicle reported.
On Twitter, freelance journalist Steven Monacelli posted video of a brief confrontation in which he said showed the Proud Boys using homophobic slurs to provoke the protesters.
\u201cTo reiterate: the Proud Boys are a fascistic street gang known for their interest in provoking violence against their perceived political opponents.\u201d— steven monacelli (@steven monacelli) 1653677411
\u201cProud Boys are in Houston outside the NRA convention\u2026\u201d— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa) 1653764459
\u201cWhen I asked Proud Boys members whether they participated in the attack on the Capitol, they refused to engage. One then shouted that he blamed the political establishment for the death of Ashli Babbitt.\u201d— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa) 1653764459