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Jindal Greatly Expands Gun Access, Says He ‘Never Imagined’ Mass Shooting ‘Would Happen In Louisiana’

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Governor Bobby Jindal is all about guns. He’s a frequent speaker at the NRA, and he frequently posts images of himself and his family with guns. Jindal “never imagined” a mass shooting “would happen in Louisiana”? How is that possible?

No one’s blaming Bobby Jindal for the shooting, nor should we. But we can and should blame Jindal for the culture of guns he’s helped foster in Louisiana. 

Thursday night, a gunman opened fire in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater, killing two and wounding nine others, before turning the gun on himself.

Bobby Jindal was quick to respond.

But he also told a local newspaper he was shocked that this could happen in his state:

Which is stunning, because Governor Bobby Jindal is all about the Second Amendment.

He’s signed over a dozen gun bills into law, many of them designed to increase access to guns and increase where they may legally be carried. Like into churches, a bill Gov. Jindal signed in 2010. Or into restaurants, even those that serve alcohol – one of five gun bills which Gov. Jindal signed into law in 2014. Another of those five bills expands Louisiana’s Stand Your Ground law.

The year before, in 2013, Jindal signed six gun bills into law, including one that makes it illegal to publish the names and addresses of anyone with a concealed handgun permit, and another that extends concealed carry permits to be valid for the lifetime of the person permitted.

Not all of Gov. Jindal’s gun laws expand access. Some expand information sharing with federal and state authorities, say, notifying them when a person fails a background check due to mental health issues.

As a U.S. Congressman, Jindal co-sponsored legislation to ban gun registration in Washington, D.C., to repeal its ban on semiautomatic weapons and even to repeal its trigger lock law.

He also voted to ban any product liability lawsuit against any gun manufacturer. Similar lawsuits were used to take down tobacco manufacturers. 

If you spend a few minutes on Governor Bobby Jindal’s Twitter page, you come across his bio, which includes this statement, “defend the 2nd Amendment and protect innocent life,” and tweets like these:

Jindal was quick to get in front of cameras Thursday night. He rejected a reporter who asked about gun control, repeatedly throughout the evening telling America the best thing they can do now is pray.

But let’s be frank.

We don’t know much about the 58-year old white man who opened fire in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater Thursday night, but we know he had a criminal record, and we know he had a gun.

We also know Gov. Jindal, possibly more than any other governor, has expanded access to guns. And that expansion has consequences. Deadly consequences.

“Louisiana was the only state with the most gun violence where firearm-related suicides accounted for less than half of all gun deaths,” USA Today reported just last month. “In fact, homicides accounted for roughly 51% of all gun deaths in the state. As a result, Louisiana had the highest gun-related homicide rate in the country, at 9.7 murders per 100,000 residents. Louisiana also had the highest average firearm death rate in the country over the 10 years ending in 2013, when there were 18.8 firearm deaths per 100,000 in the state, compared with 10.2 across the country. The high number of gun deaths may be tied to gun policy. Louisiana, like many of the states on this list, does not require gun owners to have a permit to purchase a firearm, nor must they register their weapons.”

“In 2013, Louisiana reported nearly 10 homicides per 100,000 residents, the highest rate in the country.”

Jindal, who is running for president, wholeheartedly believes in guns, and mocks anyone who does not.

“Jindal has compared the rights of gun ownership to religious liberty and has said the struggle to preserve and expand gun access is a pivotal fight that could last another generation,” PBS reported, also last month.

Gov. Jindal “never imaged this would happen in Louisiana”? 

How could he imagine it would not?

On social media, many turned their outrage about the shooting onto Jindal:

 

 

Image: Bobby Jindal at a campaign stop in Iowa, posted this image on Twitter. National news reports state the “photo received some mocking comments on Twitter, saying he was pandering to constituents and calling him a poser.”

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Fox News Host Suggests Trump ‘Force’ Court to Throw Him in Jail – by Quoting Him

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The Fox News host who targeted a juror serving on Donald Trump’s criminal New York trial is now suggesting the ex-president should violate his gag order and “force” the court to throw him in jail, by quoting the Fox News host.

Jesse Watters came under fire earlier this week for profiling juror number two, sharing possibly identifying information published by a myriad of reporters but then using that information to pass judgment on her ability to serve.

“I’m not so sure about juror number two,” Watters concluded on Fox News.

Jurors, at the judge’s direction, were to remain anonymous, for their protection and the protection of the trial.

The judge excused her, after she said she felt she was not able to be impartial because friends and family were calling her asking if she had been chosen to serve on the Trump trial, after the media blitz.

New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan admonished the press for reporting the information, but some news outlets appeared to ignore his warning.

Watters on Wednesday “did a segment with a jury consultant, revealing details about people who had been seated on the jury and questioning whether some were ‘stealth liberals’ who would be out to convict Trump,” the Associated Press reported.

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Trump later posted Watters’ quote on his Truth Social platform, leading some, including New York prosecutors, to ask the judge to cite him for allegedly breaking his gag order.

Judge Merchan ordered Trump to not mention witnesses, jurors, prosecutors, court staff, or the family members of prosecutors and court staff, CNN has reported.

New York prosecutors told Juge Merchan Trump has violated the gag order at least ten times.

“Prosecutor Christopher Conroy described the ‘most disturbing’ example as a social media message Trump posted on Wednesday evening quoting a Fox News host as saying, ‘They are catching undercover Liberal Activists lying to the Judge in order to get on the Trump Jury,'” Politico reports.

That host was Jesse Watters.

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Friday afternoon, Watters appeared to egg Trump on, urging the ex-president to violate the gag order.

“I would make them put me in jail,” Watters said on Fox News. “I would have a tweet about something perhaps I said on ‘The Five’ or ‘Jesse Watters Primetime,’ and I would force them to throw me in jail.”

Watch Watters’ remark below or at this link.

 

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Gaetz: ‘Corrupt’ Republicans Could ‘Take a Bribe’ and Throw House to Dems, Blocking Trump Run

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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) says some of his fellow House Republicans would “take a bribe” to throw the razor-thin GOP majority to the Democrats if a far-right faction calls up a motion to oust Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, allowing Democrats to hand the gavel to the Minority Leader, Hakeem Jeffries. he warned if that happens, Democrats would immediately declare Trump ineligible to be President, pack the U.S. Supreme Court, and pass numerous laws like the American Rescue Plan.

“I do believe in a one seat majority there could be one or two or three of my colleagues who would take a bribe in one form or another in order to deprive the Republicans of a majority at all,” Gaetz said Friday on his podcast (video below.)

He added, “the risk that one or two of my corrupt Republican colleagues might take a bribe, take a walk, feign an ailment and flip this thing to the Democrats is a risk that is too high for me at this time.”

Gaetz’s fellow far-right Florida Republican member of Congress, Anna Paulina Luna, told listeners, “I heard that when, if and when the motion vacate is introduced, that there will be immediate resignations of a couple of more moderate members of Congress. And in the event that that happens, that ultimately means it does go to a Democrat speaker.”

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) last month filed a “motion to vacate,” which she can use at any time to force a vote to oust the GOP Speaker, Mike Johnson. U.S. Rep. Tim Massie (R-KY) and just today, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has signed on as co-sponsors.

Congressman Gaetz told listeners if Democrats do take the House through a force vote to remove Johnson, Democrats would “be declaring Donald Trump an insurrectionist and setting up a barrier to him being able to become the president United States.”

“That’ll be their leadoff hitter, and then the chaser to that shot will be a massive spending package that looks a lot more like the American Rescue Plan. They will blow past every concept of every cap ever imagined. You’ll be looking at Universal Basic Income, you could be looking at packing the Supreme Court.”

Watch a short clip of Gaetz’s remarks below or at this link.

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Jeffries Vows Democrats Will Ensure Ukraine Aid Passes as Johnson Defectors Grow

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Democratic House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries vowed Friday the majority of Democrats will support Republicans’ Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and Gaza foreign aid legislation as Republican Speaker Mike Johnson lost support of another member of his conference to a faction determined to oust him.

“Democrats will provide a majority of our majority as it relates to funding Israel, humanitarian assistance, Ukraine, and our allies in the Indo Pacific,” Minority Leader Jeffries said. “It remains to be seen what Republicans will do in terms of meeting the national security needs of the American people, but it was important for House Democrats to ensure that the national security bills are going to be considered.”

Despite Republicans having a one-vote majority, more Democrats on Friday voted to move the critical and long-awaited foreign aid bills forward than did Republicans.

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The 316-94 vote included 165 Democrats and 151 Republicans voting yes, and 55 Republicans and 39 Democrats voting no.

Axios’ Juliegrace Brufke posted the list of Republicans voting against their party’s legislation.

Calling it a “rare” moment in modern congressional history to have to rely on opposition party votes to pass legislation, BBC News reports Speaker Johnson’s “hold on power is tenuous, and the legislators who oppose him – and his bid to provide aid to Ukraine – occupy some key positions within the House’s power structure.”

Amid the procedural vote to move the foreign aid funding bills forward, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, a far-right Republican of Arizona, announced he is joining Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and Congressman Tim Massie (R-KY) in formally announcing their will vote to oust Speaker Johnson.

Gosar, like Greene, is reportedly a Christian nationalist. In 2022 CNN reported his “lengthy ties to White nationalists, [a] pro-Nazi blogger and far-right fringe received little pushback for years.”

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“We’ve been very honest in our assessment of the situation from the beginning,” Jeffries on Friday also declared. “At the appropriate time as House Democrats, we will have a conversation about how to deal with any hypothetical motion to vacate.”

“Moscow Marjorie Taylor Greene, Massie, and Gosar are quite a group. But central to our conversation is to make sure that the national security legislation in totality is passed by the House of Representatives.”

Watch the videos above or at this link.

 

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