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Mike Huckabee: A Pencil is an Assault Weapon

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‘Maria, if I Take a Pencil and Stick It in Your Neck, That’s an Assault Weapon’

Former Arkansas Republican Governor Mike Huckabee defended the NRA and its members Sunday morning, insisting that no NRA member has ever been a mass shooter (that’s never been proven – the NRA does not reveal its membership list) and going so far as to scoff at the term “assault weapon,” saying that even a pencil could be an assault weapon. And he went so far as to inject immigration into the discussion.

Huckabee displayed his vast ignorance of gun violence, wholly ignoring the fact that merely having a gun in the house greatly increases the possibility of gun violence and even death. He railed against those who wish to restrict the rights of gun owners, whom he described as “law abiding legal citizens who own firearms who have never committed a crime who have really no inclination to commit a crime, no predilection to commit a crime.”

(It’s unclear why Huckabee chose to mention the status of a person’s immigration, or why undocumented immigrants should enter the conversation.)

“Are we going to restrict them, or are we going to go after the people that we need to be worried about? People who have mental illness, people who have made threats?”

Huckabee also falsely claimed that the “old laws haven’t yet changed the course of human behavior.”

In reality, when the ban on semi-automatic weapons expired in 2004 and Republicans in Congress refused to renew it, gun deaths from those weapons spiked, as did mass shootings.

The ordained Baptist minister and twice-failed presidential candidate tried to blame gun violence on movies, ignoring that other countries have the same movies we do and no where near the same level of gun violence – because they have no where near the same number of guns.

“There’s also a lot of misinformation about what an AR-15 is,” Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo interjected, claiming that “because one gun looks scary, people claim that it is military style.”

Huckabee agreed, saying “an AR-15 is really a matter of function – it has nothing to do with its lethality,” which is effectively false. People may substitute the term AR-15 for the broader classification of semi-automatic more lethal than basic handguns or long guns.

“People call it an ‘assault weapon,'” Huckabee, frustrated, concluded. “Maria, if I take a pencil and stick it in your neck, that’s an assault weapon.”

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VOTER. FRAUD?

WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany May Have Committed Voter Fraud: Claimed Parent’s FL Address When Living in DC

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has carried the flag for President Donald Trump’s campaign against mail-in voting, delivering false warnings the process is rife with voter fraud. But McEnany herself may be guilty of the illegal act.

And so may be her boss.

“Kayleigh McEnany was living in Washington, but voted in Florida. Trump used an address he promised Palm Beach officials would not be a residence,” HuffPost reports.

In 2018, while living in Washington, D.C. – with a New Jersey driver’s license – McEnany was registered to vote in Florida, and did vote in Florida, using her parents’ Tampa address to claim residency, HuffPost reveals.

McEnany voted in both the 2018 primary and general elections in Florida using her parents’ waterfront address in Tampa as her legal residence rather than the house she and her husband bought in 2017, located a mile and half away ― all while living and working in Washington as a full-time employee of the Republican National Committee.

At the time, McEnany’s driver’s license and car registration showed an address in Edgewater, New Jersey. Those documents can only be obtained by proving residency in that state, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission website.

Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, a fellow at the Brennan Center and a professor of election law and constitutional law at Stetson University in Florida, said: “If Florida is not really your primary residence, than it’s inappropriate for you to be registered as a voter in Florida.”

Related: Trump Press Secretary Warns of ‘A Lot of Fraud’ in Mail-In Voting – but Voted by Mail 11 Times in 10 Years

President Trump, living in Washington, D.C. voted by mail in Florida in 2019, using the address of one of his businesses in Palm Beach, “where he had promised the town government he would not live.”

CNN’s Amanda Carpenter asks the right question:

 

 

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57 Buffalo Cops Resign From Response Team to Support Suspended Officers Who Pushed Down Elderly Man

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The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team — a total of 57 officers — has resigned from the team in support of the two officers who pushed 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground, seriously injuring him.

They are still employed, but no longer on ERT.

According to Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans, the cops who pushed Gugino down were just following orders.

“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Evans, said in a statement.

This is a developing story. Check WIVB4 for updates.

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DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME

One Out of Three Americans Used Bleach ‘in Non Recommended High-Risk Practices’ to Battle Coronavirus: CDC Report

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One third of Americans used bleach or other household disinfectants “in non-recommended high risk practices” in attempts to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus, a new CDC survey finds.

Among the non-recommended practices were using “bleach on food products, applying household cleaning and disinfectant products to skin, and inhaling or ingesting cleaners and disinfectants,” the CDC says, as The Daily Beast reports.

During a nationally-televised press briefing President Donald Trump suggested doctors and scientists should test the “injection” of disinfectants, like bleach or alcohol, into the human body as a way to cure coronavirus.

“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out, in a minute,” Trump said in late April as Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx looked on without speaking up . “Is there a way we can do something like that? By injection, inside, or almost a cleaning, ’cause you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. You’re going to have to use medical doctors, right? But it sounds interesting to me.”

Makers of the popular household disinfectant brand Lysol were moved to immediately issue a warning that “under no circumstance” should anyone inject, ingest, or through “any other route” use their products.

Reports of Americans misusing bleach and other disinfectants quickly flooded the news, as hospital emergency rooms saw spikes in bleach exposure and other similar poisonings. When confronted with the news of people misusing bleach, Trump refused to take any responsibility.

“I can’t imagine why, can’t imagine why, yeah,” the President exclaimed.

 

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