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House Oversight Committee initiates gun manufacturer investigation

One of the manufacturers of the gun used in the Uvalde massacre is the subject of this investigation
https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1530216699298988034

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/27/house-oversight-committee-initiates-gun-manufacturer-investigation/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_source=twitter

In the wake of two massacres that have killed 31 people in less than two weeks, the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has launched an investigation into gun manufacturers.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) contacted five gunmakers on Thursday, requesting information regarding the manufacturing, sale, and marketing of deadly weapons used in mass shootings. Both gunmen responsible for the carnage in Buffalo and Uvalde, Tex., used AR-15-style rifles, purchased legally at the age of 18.

The companies being investigated, according to letters provided to The Washington Post, include Daniel Defense, the maker of the DDM4 rifle the gunman used to kill 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, and Bushmaster, the maker of the Bushmaster XM-15 semiautomatic rifle that the suspected Buffalo shooter said he illegally modified and then used to kill 10 people at a Tops Friendly Markets store.

In a letter to Marty Daniel, the CEO of Daniel Defense, Maloney cites online advertising posted by the company on May 16 of a toddler holding an AR-15-style rifle. The picture featured “a caption quoting a biblical proverb to 'Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it,’ ” Maloney writes. Daniel Defense protected its tweets from public view shortly after the shooting.

“Your company’s own weapons of war have been repeatedly used to carry out horrific and deadly attacks,” Maloney says in the letter. “In addition to this week’s horrific shooting in Texas, four Daniel Defense AR-15-style rifles were found in the hotel room of the 2017 Las Vegas shooter. This shooter used more than a dozen assault weapons to massacre 60 people and wound more than 400 others. One of these Daniel Defense weapons was found with a bump stock and a 100-round magazine.”
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 12:46 PM (8 replies)

Cruz storms off after being asked why mass shootings happen 'only in America'

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1529941873024024588
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/26/ted-cruz-uvalde-shooting-america-guns/

During an interview with British Sky News reporter Mark Stone, Cruz, who was seen hugging and meeting with those at the vigil, was asked whether this was the moment to reform gun laws. Cruz responded by saying, “You know, it’s easy to go to politics.”

“But it’s important, it’s at the heart of the issue,” Stone replied, according to a video of the interview viewed more than 1 million times as of Thursday morning.

Then Stone asked, “Why does this only happen in your country? .... Why only in America? Why is this American exceptionalism so awful?”

That’s when Cruz fired back: “You know, I’m sorry you think American exceptionalism is awful. You’ve got your political agenda. God love you.”

As he attempted to walk away, Stone said he just wanted “to understand why you do not think that guns are the problem.”

“It is just an American problem,” the journalist said to Cruz.

At the end of the exchange, Cruz again ignored the journalist’s question and accused Stone of pushing propaganda before walking away.

“Why is it that people come from all over the world to America? Because it’s the freest, most prosperous, safest country on Earth,” the senator said. “Stop being a propagandist.”

https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1529729614309900290
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 12:31 PM (3 replies)

Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick cancel in-person NRA convention appearance in wake of Uvalde mass shooting

Abbott and Patrick are scared of Beto and the rising anger in Texas about this shooting.
https://twitter.com/TexasTribune/status/1530198148102209536
https://www.texastribune.org/2022/05/26/greg-abbott-nra-uvalde/?utm_campaign=trib-social&utm_content=1653662594&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is backing out of a scheduled in-person appearance at the National Rifle Association’s convention in Houston on Friday and will travel to Uvalde, where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers days earlier in the state’s worst school shooting in history. He will instead give prerecorded remarks to be played at the convention.

Abbott’s decision, provided by a spokesperson for his office, comes after the massacre reignited a national debate about firearm access — and renewed criticism of Republican officials who have long resisted and blocked attempts to strengthen gun control laws in a country where mass shootings have become frequent.

On Friday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he would also be pulling out of the conference.....

Cruz, though, stood firm in his commitment to attend.

“I’m going to be there because what Democrats and the press try to do in the wake of every mass shooting is they try to demonize law-abiding gun owners, try to demonize the NRA,” Cruz told a CBS reporter.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 10:53 AM (20 replies)

Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick cancel in-person NRA convention appearance in wake of Uvalde mass shooting

Abbott and Patrick are scared of Beto and the rising anger in Texas about this shooting.
https://twitter.com/TexasTribune/status/1530198148102209536
https://www.texastribune.org/2022/05/26/greg-abbott-nra-uvalde/?utm_campaign=trib-social&utm_content=1653662594&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is backing out of a scheduled in-person appearance at the National Rifle Association’s convention in Houston on Friday and will travel to Uvalde, where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers days earlier in the state’s worst school shooting in history. He will instead give prerecorded remarks to be played at the convention.

Abbott’s decision, provided by a spokesperson for his office, comes after the massacre reignited a national debate about firearm access — and renewed criticism of Republican officials who have long resisted and blocked attempts to strengthen gun control laws in a country where mass shootings have become frequent.

On Friday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he would also be pulling out of the conference.....

Cruz, though, stood firm in his commitment to attend.

“I’m going to be there because what Democrats and the press try to do in the wake of every mass shooting is they try to demonize law-abiding gun owners, try to demonize the NRA,” Cruz told a CBS reporter.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 10:52 AM (1 replies)

Police slow to engage with gunman because 'they could've been shot,' official says

This is their job. Children died because the police was to scared to go in. If an 18 year old can out gun the police, then we need to keep weapons of war from school shooters.
https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1530192870304522240
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/27/uvalde-shooting-police-gunman-shot-olivarez/?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social

Police were reluctant to immediately engage with the gunman who spent an hour inside the elementary school in Uvalde, Tex., where he killed 19 children and two adults because “they could’ve been shot,” a lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a CNN interview.

Law enforcement officers have faced mounting criticism from some parents who say police could have intervened sooner against 18-year-old Salvador Ramos in an effort from officers that was initially deemed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as a “quick response.” Police who arrived at the school retreated as shots rang out, state authorities said Thursday, and it took an hour before a tactical unit led by federal Border Patrol agents went into a classroom and killed the gunman.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez defended the response in an interview Thursday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who asked the lieutenant to walk him through “what exactly law enforcement was doing for 60 minutes or so while the shooter remained in that classroom killing those kids and teachers?”....

Standard law enforcement guidance since the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado says officers should pursue shooters inside buildings without waiting for specialized backup. Since Columbine, many police departments have trained officers to go after an attacker as soon as possible, to minimize the number of teachers and children shot.,,,,

“It’s like a fireman not going into a building because they might get burned,” Dean wrote.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 10:47 AM (5 replies)

Police slow to engage with gunman because 'they could've been shot,' official says

This is their job. Children died because the police was to scared to go in. If an 18 year old can out gun the police, then we need to keep weapons of war from school shooters.
https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1530192870304522240
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/27/uvalde-shooting-police-gunman-shot-olivarez/?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social

Police were reluctant to immediately engage with the gunman who spent an hour inside the elementary school in Uvalde, Tex., where he killed 19 children and two adults because “they could’ve been shot,” a lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a CNN interview.

Law enforcement officers have faced mounting criticism from some parents who say police could have intervened sooner against 18-year-old Salvador Ramos in an effort from officers that was initially deemed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as a “quick response.” Police who arrived at the school retreated as shots rang out, state authorities said Thursday, and it took an hour before a tactical unit led by federal Border Patrol agents went into a classroom and killed the gunman.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez defended the response in an interview Thursday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who asked the lieutenant to walk him through “what exactly law enforcement was doing for 60 minutes or so while the shooter remained in that classroom killing those kids and teachers?”....

Standard law enforcement guidance since the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado says officers should pursue shooters inside buildings without waiting for specialized backup. Since Columbine, many police departments have trained officers to go after an attacker as soon as possible, to minimize the number of teachers and children shot.,,,,

“It’s like a fireman not going into a building because they might get burned,” Dean wrote.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 10:46 AM (2 replies)

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick cancels appearance at NRA convention in Houston

https://twitter.com/PatrickSvitek/status/1530183140165173249
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 10:18 AM (18 replies)

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick cancels appearance at NRA convention in Houston

https://twitter.com/PatrickSvitek/status/1530183140165173249
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 10:17 AM (1 replies)

Editorial: In Houston, the NRA show goes on -- like Uvalde never happened

If the NRA had any compassion or humanity, this even would be cancelled
https://twitter.com/HoustonChron/status/1530187131532066818
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-In-Houston-NRA-show-goes-on-like-17202149.php?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter.com

Three days after a teenager slaughtered 19 fourth-graders and two teachers in a little Texas town called Uvalde and 13 days after a teen white supremacist used the same sort of high-powered semi-automatic rifle to murder 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket, the loyal people of the gun are coming to Houston.

In light of what’s happened in the past few days, it’s hard to imagine a less appropriate time or place for the National Rifle Association to hold its annual meeting, a gathering the writer Evan Osnos has described as a combination of political convention, trade show and Comic-Con.

No organization in America has done more to delude Americans that the Second Amendment’s guarantee of gun rights is so rigidly absolute that even the most common-sense gun rules — such as licenses and basic training — are verboten. Nothing in our history, or in nearly 250 years of Supreme Court rulings, supports anything like that proposition, but the terrible power of the NRA’s lobbyists and its free-spending PACs have made it gospel in states such as Texas, where well-compensated elected officials have all but sworn fealty to its twisted mandates.

We considered calling on convention organizers to scrap their program and replace it with three days of discussion, reflection and sober reassessment in an effort to seek solutions to a grave national crisis — a crisis for which the NRA bears out-sized responsibility. Sensible gun reforms would be part of those discussions, but so would many other aspects of our violence-drenched society. Still, that was neve
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 10:13 AM (13 replies)

Editorial: In Houston, the NRA show goes on -- like Uvalde never happened

If the NRA had any compassion or humanity, this even would be cancelled
https://twitter.com/HoustonChron/status/1530187131532066818
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-In-Houston-NRA-show-goes-on-like-17202149.php?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter.com

Three days after a teenager slaughtered 19 fourth-graders and two teachers in a little Texas town called Uvalde and 13 days after a teen white supremacist used the same sort of high-powered semi-automatic rifle to murder 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket, the loyal people of the gun are coming to Houston.

In light of what’s happened in the past few days, it’s hard to imagine a less appropriate time or place for the National Rifle Association to hold its annual meeting, a gathering the writer Evan Osnos has described as a combination of political convention, trade show and Comic-Con.

No organization in America has done more to delude Americans that the Second Amendment’s guarantee of gun rights is so rigidly absolute that even the most common-sense gun rules — such as licenses and basic training — are verboten. Nothing in our history, or in nearly 250 years of Supreme Court rulings, supports anything like that proposition, but the terrible power of the NRA’s lobbyists and its free-spending PACs have made it gospel in states such as Texas, where well-compensated elected officials have all but sworn fealty to its twisted mandates.

We considered calling on convention organizers to scrap their program and replace it with three days of discussion, reflection and sober reassessment in an effort to seek solutions to a grave national crisis — a crisis for which the NRA bears out-sized responsibility. Sensible gun reforms would be part of those discussions, but so would many other aspects of our violence-drenched society. Still, that was never going to happen, either.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri May 27, 2022, 10:12 AM (2 replies)
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