Michelle Wolf Mocks NRA’s ‘Good Guy With a Gun’ Strategy: ‘Bullets Will Hit Only the Bad Guys’ (Video)

Michelle Wolf mocked the NRA’s “Good Guy With a Gun” strategy in a work safety video for her Netflix show “The Break,” that imagines what would happen if a civilian with no weapons training decided to go all “Die Hard.”

The video (sarcastically) shows how “easy” it is for someone with little-to-no experience with a gun to save the day in a mass shooting situation. “All you have to do is fire your gun with goodness in your heart, and the bullets will hit only the bad guys.”

The video is mocking NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre’s often-stated stance that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” The argument goes that bad guys will always find a way to get firearms, so it takes a “good guy” with a gun of his own to stop them. President Donald Trump became a major proponent of this strategy after meeting with NRA reps in the wake of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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And, in an extremely tongue-in-cheek fashion, Wolf takes the NRA’s fantasy and makes it a reality.

“Turns out it was a good idea to have that gun on you, despite what everyone had been telling you for years,” said Wolf in the video. “Now relax and enjoy compliments on how well you handled your firearm.”

The video advises how to deal with your new status as a media darling, including which interviews to do. “Hold out for Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair is a must… Be sure to practice your dance moves before going on ‘Ellen.’”

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Wolf said that the most challenging moment will come when Christopher Nolan wants to do a movie based on your life, which he’ll describe as a “throwback to Italian neo-realism.” It doesn’t matter that you don’t know what that means. “Just nod along and accept a role of a lifetime,” she joked.

And when you inevitably win the Oscar for the role, bring your gun to the awards, “Just in case some s— goes down and you need to save the day… again.”

You can the full video above.

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Michelle Wolf mocked the NRA’s “Good Guy With a Gun” strategy in a work safety video for her Netflix show “The Break,” that imagines what would happen if a civilian with no weapons training decided to go all “Die Hard.”

The video (sarcastically) shows how “easy” it is for someone with little-to-no experience with a gun to save the day in a mass shooting situation. “All you have to do is fire your gun with goodness in your heart, and the bullets will hit only the bad guys.”

The video is mocking NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre’s often-stated stance that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” The argument goes that bad guys will always find a way to get firearms, so it takes a “good guy” with a gun of his own to stop them. President Donald Trump became a major proponent of this strategy after meeting with NRA reps in the wake of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

And, in an extremely tongue-in-cheek fashion, Wolf takes the NRA’s fantasy and makes it a reality.

“Turns out it was a good idea to have that gun on you, despite what everyone had been telling you for years,” said Wolf in the video. “Now relax and enjoy compliments on how well you handled your firearm.”

The video advises how to deal with your new status as a media darling, including which interviews to do. “Hold out for Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair is a must… Be sure to practice your dance moves before going on ‘Ellen.'”

Wolf said that the most challenging moment will come when Christopher Nolan wants to do a movie based on your life, which he’ll describe as a “throwback to Italian neo-realism.” It doesn’t matter that you don’t know what that means. “Just nod along and accept a role of a lifetime,” she joked.

And when you inevitably win the Oscar for the role, bring your gun to the awards, “Just in case some s— goes down and you need to save the day… again.”

You can the full video above.

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Smoke Dawg, Rapper and Drake Opening Act, Killed in Shooting at 21

Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg was shot and killed outside a Toronto club on Saturday night, according to Global News. He was 21.
Close friend Mustafa the Poet posted his condolences late Saturday: “may our prayers follow him to heaven.”

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Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg was shot and killed outside a Toronto club on Saturday night, according to Global News. He was 21.

Close friend Mustafa the Poet posted his condolences late Saturday: “may our prayers follow him to heaven.”

Smoke Dawg’s death comes just two weeks after the shooting death of 20-year-old American rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot down outside Miami on June 18. Rapper Chief Keef was also nearly shot outside the W Hotel in Times Square earlier in June, though the bullets missed him and hit paneling in front of the hotel.

On his Instagram account, Drake posted a tribute to Smoke Dawg that include a picture of the two performing together in London, Ontario.

“All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating,” the tribute read. “I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”

According to CP24 News, Dawg was shot at 8 p.m. on Saturday outside the Cube Nightclub in Toronto’s entertainment district. Two other bystanders were shot and rushed with Dawg to a local hospital. Dawg later died of his injuries. Friends of Smoke Dawg identified him to Global News as the deceased victim.

The shooting took place during Canada Day weekend, with thousands of people out in the streets to celebrate the national holiday.

“The scene just turned chaotic. There were people running everywhere, there were vehicles just trying to get out of the way,” recounted one witness. “Down on Peter Street we just saw a mass of tourists – normal Saturday traffic on Queen Street – basically running scared for their lives. It was intense, it was very chaotic.”

Toronto mayor John Tory told reporters on Sunday he was “damn mad” about the recent increase in shootings in his city, though he blamed the gun violence on leniency in the city’s criminal justice system.

“This city has always been safe and the objective is to keep it safe. These are people, some of these people who are out on bail and have been doing this repeatedly, involved with gangs who are the only ones that pose a threat to the safety of this city and that’s why I think they should be kept behind bars,” Tory said.

Smoke Dawg released what would be his last music video just five days prior to his death, titled “Fountain Freestyle.” The song opens with a call out to the Halal Gang, the hip-hop group the rapper was a part of with fellow Toronto residents Safe, Puffy L’z and Mo-G.

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Jimmy Fallon Is Surprise Speaker for Parkland High School Graduation: ‘Keep Changing the World’

“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon was the surprise commencement speaker at Sunday’s graduation ceremony for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the Parkland, Florida, shooting where 17 were killed.

During the speech, Fallon thanked the graduating seniors for “your courage and your bravery,” and noted that he met several members of the class in Washington D.C. during the March for Our Lives rally this past spring. Several seniors at Marjory Stoneman have made headlines in recent months for spearheading activism for gun control reform, including the school’s LGBT club president, Emma Gonzalez.

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In anticipation for the crowd expected for the event, school officials moved the ceremony to the BB&T Center, the home venue for the Florida Panthers hockey team. The four seniors who were killed in the shooting were honored as their families received their diplomas on their behalf.

Despite the solemn moments remembering the fallen students, Fallon encouraged graduates to celebrate their accomplishments and, of course, he threw in a few jokes about what their futures hold.

“You won’t be classmates anymore. You’ll be adults who Facebook search each other at 2 in the morning for the next 10 years,” he quipped.

Those attending the graduation quickly took to Twitter to post their shock about the surprise guest.

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Jimmy Fallon at the Stoneman Douglas graduations ! He was so funny literally everyone went from crying to laughing. His speech was everything. #Classof2018 #MSDStrong congrats Little sister!!! pic.twitter.com/OAV64qtd0W

— Sam (@samanta_yuen) June 3, 2018

Wow.@jimmyfallon is speaking at the Marjory #StonemanDouglas High School graduation right now.

One parent texted us “He’s making me cry & laugh” #msdstrong pic.twitter.com/VVAe4td2qT

— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) June 3, 2018

Shoutout to @jimmyfallon for being the goat and showing up at the #MSDStrong graduation pic.twitter.com/ly98BIXy6D

— Rodrigo (@RxGmz) June 3, 2018

Look who came to honor the Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS Class of 2018!!! @jimmyfallon @FallonTonight @browardschools @PrincipalMSD #MSDSTRONG #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/okEm59JVlN

– BCPS OSPA Chief (@BCPSChiefOSPA) June 3, 2018

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– sid ??????’? (@sidfischer00) June 3, 2018

After the ceremony, Fallon sent a thank you to the graduating class and MSDHS for hosting him.

Congratulations Marjory Stoneman Douglas Class of 2018! You are not just the future – you are the present. Keep changing the world. Keep making us proud. #MSDStrong #YouAreThePresent pic.twitter.com/czvZwezKSt

– jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) June 3, 2018

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“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon was the surprise commencement speaker at Sunday’s graduation ceremony for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the Parkland, Florida, shooting where 17 were killed.

During the speech, Fallon thanked the graduating seniors for “your courage and your bravery,” and noted that he met several members of the class in Washington D.C. during the March for Our Lives rally this past spring. Several seniors at Marjory Stoneman have made headlines in recent months for spearheading activism for gun control reform, including the school’s LGBT club president, Emma Gonzalez.

In anticipation for the crowd expected for the event, school officials moved the ceremony to the BB&T Center, the home venue for the Florida Panthers hockey team. The four seniors who were killed in the shooting were honored as their families received their diplomas on their behalf.

Despite the solemn moments remembering the fallen students, Fallon encouraged graduates to celebrate their accomplishments and, of course, he threw in a few jokes about what their futures hold.

“You won’t be classmates anymore. You’ll be adults who Facebook search each other at 2 in the morning for the next 10 years,” he quipped.

Those attending the graduation quickly took to Twitter to post their shock about the surprise guest.

After the ceremony, Fallon sent a thank you to the graduating class and MSDHS for hosting him.

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Down at the beach, every other trash can is wrapped in what suddenly seems an unnerving image, given the recent school shootings, including last week’s in Texas. There’s baby-faced Alden Ehrenreich, as Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story from Lucsfilm …

Down at the beach, every other trash can is wrapped in what suddenly seems an unnerving image, given the recent school shootings, including last week's in Texas. There's baby-faced Alden Ehrenreich, as Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story from Lucsfilm and Disney, aiming squarely at the viewer with an outsized handgun (and it is exactly that, whatever fantasy blast it is presumed to emit in the latest installment of the sci-fi epic). Just below, a smiling Emilia Clark, as…

Piers Morgan Thumps Trump Over Texas School Shooting Tweet: ‘Your Prayers Don’t Seem to Be Stopping Deranged Kids’

Donald Trump was off-mark with his reaction to Friday’s school shooting in Texas, as far as Piers Morgan is concerned.

British media personality and gun-control advocate Morgan tore into Trump Friday morning for his tweet regarding the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

In an acid-toned tweet, Morgan informed Trump that his prayers “don’t seem to be stopping” the rash of school shootings plaguing America.

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“School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!” Trump tweeted Friday morning.

“Your prayers don’t seem to be stopping deranged kids shooting up your schools, Mr President @realDonaldTrump,” Morgan replied. “How about making it harder for them to get their hands on guns?”

In an earlier tweet, Morgan wrote, “America going straight into ‘thoughts & prayers’ Groundhog Day mode after yet another mass school shooting. There have been 200+ since Sandy Hook & NOTHING has been done to stop them. I don’t know what to say anymore. The USA cares more about gun rights than kids being murdered.”

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According to CNN, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Friday that at least eight people have died in the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

A suspect in the shooting, who is thought to be a student, has been arrested, while a second person, also thought to be a suspect, has also been detained, Gonzalez added.

While “The Celebrity Apprentice” alum Morgan has been criticized for appearing to go easy on Trump, Friday was far from the first time that Morgan has lashed out at Trump over the topic of gun violence.

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Following February’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Morgan lashed out at Trump for what he perceived to be the president’s inaction.

“Three of the 10 worst mass shootings in American history have happened in your 1st year, Mr President @realDonaldTrump,” Morgan tweeted at the time. “What are you going to do about it?”

Your prayers don’t seem to be stopping deranged kids shooting up your schools, Mr President @realDonaldTrump.
How about making it harder for them to get their hands on guns? https://t.co/0Oo8jujwBS

– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 18, 2018

America going straight into ‘thoughts & prayers’ Groundhog Day mode after yet another mass school shooting.
There have been 200+ since Sandy Hook & NOTHING has been done to stop them.
I don’t know what to say anymore.
The USA cares more about gun rights than kids being murdered. pic.twitter.com/XLXGiA5IWj

– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 18, 2018

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Donald Trump was off-mark with his reaction to Friday’s school shooting in Texas, as far as Piers Morgan is concerned.

British media personality and gun-control advocate Morgan tore into Trump Friday morning for his tweet regarding the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

In an acid-toned tweet, Morgan informed Trump that his prayers “don’t seem to be stopping” the rash of school shootings plaguing America.

“School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!” Trump tweeted Friday morning.

“Your prayers don’t seem to be stopping deranged kids shooting up your schools, Mr President @realDonaldTrump,” Morgan replied. “How about making it harder for them to get their hands on guns?”

In an earlier tweet, Morgan wrote, “America going straight into ‘thoughts & prayers’ Groundhog Day mode after yet another mass school shooting. There have been 200+ since Sandy Hook & NOTHING has been done to stop them. I don’t know what to say anymore. The USA cares more about gun rights than kids being murdered.”

According to CNN, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Friday that at least eight people have died in the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

A suspect in the shooting, who is thought to be a student, has been arrested, while a second person, also thought to be a suspect, has also been detained, Gonzalez added.

While “The Celebrity Apprentice” alum Morgan has been criticized for appearing to go easy on Trump, Friday was far from the first time that Morgan has lashed out at Trump over the topic of gun violence.

Following February’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Morgan lashed out at Trump for what he perceived to be the president’s inaction.

“Three of the 10 worst mass shootings in American history have happened in your 1st year, Mr President @realDonaldTrump,” Morgan tweeted at the time. “What are you going to do about it?”

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Study: Gun Violence in PG-13 Films Is More Acceptable as Long as It’s ‘Justified’

As the debate around gun control in the U.S. has crescendoed, gun violence in Hollywood films with PG-13 ratings is becoming more acceptable, according to a new study.

Parents with children under the age of 17 are more desensitized to gun violence when it’s deemed justified, according to the study from the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at the University of Pennsylvania.

The study determines justified gun violence as that which is used in the defense of a loved one or for self-protection. Unjustified gun violence would be when it has no socially redeeming purpose.

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While gun violence was more acceptable when it was justified, parents did think the movies would be more suitable for teens age 15 and older, rather than the recommended 13 years old and older by the Motion Picture Association of America.

A representative for the MPAA declined to comment.

Parents thought movies with unjustified but bloodless gun violence were more appropriate for 16-year-olds, the study found.

“The findings suggest that parents may want a new rating, PG-15, for movies with intense violence,” said Daniel Romer, research director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, in a statement. “Violent movies often get a PG-13 rating by omitting the consequences of violence such as blood and suffering, and by making the use of violence seem justified. But parents of teenagers say that even scenes of justified violence are upsetting and more appropriate for teens who are at least 15.”

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Romer argues that even bloodless, justified gun violence could potentially be harmful. And there’s more gun violence in films with PG-13 ratings than films with R ratings.

Researchers in the study showed movie clips to a national sample of 610 parents with at least one child between 6 and 17 years old.

Parents watched 90-second clips of justified gun violence from PG-13 rated films, including “Live Free or Die Hard,” “White House Down,” “Terminator Salvation” and “Taken.” Or they saw clips of unjustified violence from PG-13 rated films “Skyfall” and “Jack Reacher,” or R-rated films “Sicario” and “Training Day.”

Scenes from the R-rated movies were edited, taking out graphic and upsetting material such as blood and suffering to mimic the effect of PG-13 movies.

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The study found that parents were less upset by the justified violence and thus more lenient on what age is appropriate for a child to watch it. When they watched the scenes of unjustified gun violence, however, they were more restrictive.

“We still don’t know whether repeatedly seeing movies with justified violence teaches children that using guns is OK if they think it’s justified,” Romer said. “Hollywood is exploiting the movie rating system by leaving out harmful consequences like blood and suffering from PG-13 films.

“By sanitizing the effects of violence, movie makers are able to get a PG-13 rating and a wider audience for their films,” he continued. “But this gun violence may be just as brutal and potentially harmful to young viewers.”

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We’re about four and half months into 2018 and there have been 92 reported mass shootings in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive, a not for profit organization that’s been tracking gun-related incidents since 2013. The database finds that 905 teens (ages 12 to 17) have either been injured or killed by a gun in 2018.

One of the most notable incidents this year was the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, in which the shooter killed 17 people.

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As the debate around gun control in the U.S. has crescendoed, gun violence in Hollywood films with PG-13 ratings is becoming more acceptable, according to a new study.

Parents with children under the age of 17 are more desensitized to gun violence when it’s deemed justified, according to the study from the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at the University of Pennsylvania.

The study determines justified gun violence as that which is used in the defense of a loved one or for self-protection. Unjustified gun violence would be when it has no socially redeeming purpose.

While gun violence was more acceptable when it was justified, parents did think the movies would be more suitable for teens age 15 and older, rather than the recommended 13 years old and older by the Motion Picture Association of America.

A representative for the MPAA declined to comment.

Parents thought movies with unjustified but bloodless gun violence were more appropriate for 16-year-olds, the study found.

“The findings suggest that parents may want a new rating, PG-15, for movies with intense violence,” said Daniel Romer, research director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, in a statement. “Violent movies often get a PG-13 rating by omitting the consequences of violence such as blood and suffering, and by making the use of violence seem justified. But parents of teenagers say that even scenes of justified violence are upsetting and more appropriate for teens who are at least 15.”

Romer argues that even bloodless, justified gun violence could potentially be harmful. And there’s more gun violence in films with PG-13 ratings than films with R ratings.

Researchers in the study showed movie clips to a national sample of 610 parents with at least one child between 6 and 17 years old.

Parents watched 90-second clips of justified gun violence from PG-13 rated films, including “Live Free or Die Hard,” “White House Down,” “Terminator Salvation” and “Taken.” Or they saw clips of unjustified violence from PG-13 rated films “Skyfall” and “Jack Reacher,” or R-rated films “Sicario” and “Training Day.”

Scenes from the R-rated movies were edited, taking out graphic and upsetting material such as blood and suffering to mimic the effect of PG-13 movies.

The study found that parents were less upset by the justified violence and thus more lenient on what age is appropriate for a child to watch it. When they watched the scenes of unjustified gun violence, however, they were more restrictive.

“We still don’t know whether repeatedly seeing movies with justified violence teaches children that using guns is OK if they think it’s justified,” Romer said. “Hollywood is exploiting the movie rating system by leaving out harmful consequences like blood and suffering from PG-13 films.

“By sanitizing the effects of violence, movie makers are able to get a PG-13 rating and a wider audience for their films,” he continued. “But this gun violence may be just as brutal and potentially harmful to young viewers.”

We’re about four and half months into 2018 and there have been 92 reported mass shootings in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive, a not for profit organization that’s been tracking gun-related incidents since 2013. The database finds that 905 teens (ages 12 to 17) have either been injured or killed by a gun in 2018.

One of the most notable incidents this year was the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, in which the shooter killed 17 people.

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Congressman Urges Hollywood To Send Donations To Parkland Families, Support Students’ GVP Efforts On Social Media

Congressman Ted Deutch today in a meeting at UTA urged Hollywood celebrities to launch a cavalcade of support on social media for the children’s crusade for gun violence prevention. Deutch, a Democrat who represents Florida’s 22nd congressional district, which includes the city of Parkland, spoke this afternoon to more than 200 agents and staffers at an event hosted by the talent agency – two of whose employees are alumni of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where…

Congressman Ted Deutch today in a meeting at UTA urged Hollywood celebrities to launch a cavalcade of support on social media for the children's crusade for gun violence prevention. Deutch, a Democrat who represents Florida's 22nd congressional district, which includes the city of Parkland, spoke this afternoon to more than 200 agents and staffers at an event hosted by the talent agency – two of whose employees are alumni of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where…

CNN Student Gun Violence Panel Goes Off the Rails: ‘You’re a Racist!’ (Video)

CNN’s “New Day” welcomed a panel of high school students to discuss school gun violence. The conversation, however, swiftly devolved as the teenagers offered sharp disagreements and leveled accusations of racism.

“Who is carrying out these shootings?” asked 17-year-old Zyahna Bryant. “Young white men.”

“Now you’re a racist,” said the panel’s resident pro-gun advocate Jacob Scott with indignation. “Why are you attacking white people … What about Omar Mateen?”

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While pointing out uncomfortable facts has often been cause enough to cry racism in some quarters, there was no space for it on CNN Wednesday, with co-host Alisyn Camerota attempting to be the adult in the room — objectively correcting the record.

“There are exceptions to the rule, but school shooters are generally young white men,” said Camerota.

Things continued much the same when Tanzil Philip said that the color of his skin made him nervous about being around police.

“I am a person of color and I don’t feel comfortable,” Philip said. “I am walking around and I am looking at these cops and I am like, ‘Do they think I am up to something because of the color of my skin?’”

Scott doubled down, accusing Philip of playing the “race card” and saying he too was a “racist.”

The panel was Part 2 of “New Day’s” “Gun Conversation with Students” and is a variation on the show’s recurring Trump voter panels segments.

You can watch the confrontation above.

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CNN’s “New Day” welcomed a panel of high school students to discuss school gun violence. The conversation, however, swiftly devolved as the teenagers offered sharp disagreements and leveled accusations of racism.

“Who is carrying out these shootings?” asked 17-year-old Zyahna Bryant. “Young white men.”

“Now you’re a racist,” said the panel’s resident pro-gun advocate Jacob Scott with indignation. “Why are you attacking white people … What about Omar Mateen?”

While pointing out uncomfortable facts has often been cause enough to cry racism in some quarters, there was no space for it on CNN Wednesday, with co-host Alisyn Camerota attempting to be the adult in the room — objectively correcting the record.

“There are exceptions to the rule, but school shooters are generally young white men,” said Camerota.

Things continued much the same when Tanzil Philip said that the color of his skin made him nervous about being around police.

“I am a person of color and I don’t feel comfortable,” Philip said. “I am walking around and I am looking at these cops and I am like, ‘Do they think I am up to something because of the color of my skin?'”

Scott doubled down, accusing Philip of playing the “race card” and saying he too was a “racist.”

The panel was Part 2 of “New Day’s” “Gun Conversation with Students” and is a variation on the show’s recurring Trump voter panels segments.

You can watch the confrontation above.

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Rick Santorum Suggests Kids Who Protest Shootings Should Learn CPR Instead (Video)

Rick Santorum said that students should learn CPR for when there is a school shooter instead of protesting for stricter “phony gun laws.”

“Is this really all about politics or is it all about keeping our schools safe?” the former Republican presidential candidate said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “Because if it is about keeping our schools safe, then we have to have a much broader discussion than the discussion that’s going on right now.

“How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that, when there is [a] violent shooter, that you can actually respond to that.”

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Saturday, survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, led hundreds of thousands in March for Our Lives demonstrations across the country, calling out Congress on their inaction to prevent gun violence.

Although CNN anchor Brianna Keilar pointed out that the students were taking action, Santorum replied, “Yeah, they took action to ask someone to pass a law. They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem.’”

Santorum continued to dismiss what he called “phony gun laws” and the effort for gun control.

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“I think everyone should be responsible and deal with the problems that we have to confront in our lives,” he said. “And ignoring those problems and saying they’re not going to come to me and saying some phony gun law is gonna solve it. Phony gun laws don’t solve these problems.”

TheWrap reached out to Santorum for additional comment.

You can watch the CNN interview above; Santorum’s comment begin at the 4:40 mark.

His comments left many on social media scratching their heads.

Instead of not wanting to get shot, how about you get better at being shot? https://t.co/5o1ivrqAqb

— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) March 25, 2018

CNN intentionally hires people like Santorum to say this kind of dumb shit so CNN content goes viral

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 25, 2018

I have to turn off the TV. I just watched Rick Santorum say kids should stop looking for other people to solve their problems, and do things like learn CPR.
America, OMG, you’ve lost the plot.

— Bruce Anderson (@bruceanderson) March 25, 2018

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I can hardly believe Rick Santorum just suggested on CNN that students learn CPR as an alternative to pushing for gun control.

— John Geddes (@Geddes28) March 25, 2018

Serious question: Has @RickSantorum seen images from the slaughter at Stoneman Douglas High? What kind of CPR could have been used to save them?

Stop putting this man on television. https://t.co/UDR71Alae0

– Ja’han Jones (@_Jahan) March 25, 2018

As a surgeon, I’ve operated on gunshot victims who’ve had bullets tear through their intestines, cut through their spinal cord, and pulverize their kidneys and liver. Rick Santorum telling kids to shut up and take CPR classes is simply unconscionable.

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 25, 2018

Dear Rick Santorum: CPR is good for heart stoppage. Not good for victims of multiple AR-15 bullets, which typically impart 3 times the lethal energy upon impact than a 9mm handgun bullet. AR-15 bullets obliterate organs and cause so much bleeding that victims die very quickly. https://t.co/5E0HBUFT9b

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 25, 2018

Dear Rick Santorum,

As a healthcare professional who is certified in CPR, I can confirm that performing CPR can’t remove AR-15 bullets from a body. Get a clue.

Sincerely,
Common Sense

— Jonny Loquasto (@JQuasto) March 25, 2018

Those silly kids. Imagine them thinking that passing laws to prevent the mass slaughter of innocent people was something politicians were supposed to do. Rick Santorum sure set them straight, basically saying “Accept senseless deaths and learn CPR”.

— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) March 25, 2018

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Rick Santorum said that students should learn CPR for when there is a school shooter instead of protesting for stricter “phony gun laws.”

“Is this really all about politics or is it all about keeping our schools safe?” the former Republican presidential candidate said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “Because if it is about keeping our schools safe, then we have to have a much broader discussion than the discussion that’s going on right now.

“How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that, when there is [a] violent shooter, that you can actually respond to that.”

Saturday, survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, led hundreds of thousands in March for Our Lives demonstrations across the country, calling out Congress on their inaction to prevent gun violence.

Although CNN anchor Brianna Keilar pointed out that the students were taking action, Santorum replied, “Yeah, they took action to ask someone to pass a law. They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem.'”

Santorum continued to dismiss what he called “phony gun laws” and the effort for gun control.

“I think everyone should be responsible and deal with the problems that we have to confront in our lives,” he said. “And ignoring those problems and saying they’re not going to come to me and saying some phony gun law is gonna solve it. Phony gun laws don’t solve these problems.”

TheWrap reached out to Santorum for additional comment.

You can watch the CNN interview above; Santorum’s comment begin at the 4:40 mark.

His comments left many on social media scratching their heads.

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Jennifer Hudson: Gun Violence ‘Can Happen to Anybody’

Jennifer Hudson, who lost family members to gun violence, spoke to CNN’s Van Jones about what she hopes people take away from the March for Our Lives.

“For people who are watching what’s happening, know that it can be anybody. It can happen to anybody,” the Oscar winner said Saturday after performing at the Washington D.C. demonstration calling on Congress to enact stricter gun control laws.

The topic of gun violence is a personal one for Hudson, who lost her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in 2008 when they were shot and killed in their Chicago home. The estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia was later convicted of the triple murder and given three life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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“A day like this is almost like reliving it over and over again,” Hudson told Jones. “So it’s obviously something that’s extremely close to home for that reason, because you instantly connect. There’s very few people who know what a moment like this means, what it represents, everything it entails.”

Hudson said it’s not easy seeing the senseless death time after time not followed up by a change in gun laws. “What is it gonna be next week? Next month?” she asked. “Or when these children who are out here marching right now, when is it their children?”

Watch two clips from Hudson’s interview with Jones below, followed by her performance at the March for Our Lives event in D.C.

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“For people who are watching … know that it can be anybody … to me, the saddest thing is, no one ever reacts until it happens to them,” says singer Jennifer Hudson, who lost her mother, brother and nephew to gun violence #VanJonesShow https://t.co/5J7py0Gk7G pic.twitter.com/fBKr3xUMhp

– CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018

“It’s not easy to keep seeing. What is it gonna be next week? Next month?” an emotional Jennifer Hudson asks @VanJones68, reflecting on March for Our Lives #VanJonesShow https://t.co/xeRDABFPnP pic.twitter.com/2or9VerNCV

– CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018

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Jennifer Hudson, who lost family members to gun violence, spoke to CNN’s Van Jones about what she hopes people take away from the March for Our Lives.

“For people who are watching what’s happening, know that it can be anybody. It can happen to anybody,” the Oscar winner said Saturday after performing at the Washington D.C. demonstration calling on Congress to enact stricter gun control laws.

The topic of gun violence is a personal one for Hudson, who lost her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in 2008 when they were shot and killed in their Chicago home. The estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia was later convicted of the triple murder and given three life sentences without the possibility of parole.

“A day like this is almost like reliving it over and over again,” Hudson told Jones. “So it’s obviously something that’s extremely close to home for that reason, because you instantly connect. There’s very few people who know what a moment like this means, what it represents, everything it entails.”

Hudson said it’s not easy seeing the senseless death time after time not followed up by a change in gun laws. “What is it gonna be next week? Next month?” she asked. “Or when these children who are out here marching right now, when is it their children?”

Watch two clips from Hudson’s interview with Jones below, followed by her performance at the March for Our Lives event in D.C.

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Paul McCartney Remembers John Lennon, Best Friend ‘Killed in Gun Violence’ (Video)

Paul McCartney, one of thousands attending New York City’s rally in the nationwide #MarchForOurLives on Saturday, took a moment to remember former Beatles bandmate, John Lennon.

Walking close to Central Park, the iconic musician said it had special relevance thanks to its proximity to where Lennon was gunned down nearly 40 years ago.

“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here,” McCartney told CNN of the march.

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Lennon was shot and killed in front of his apartment building The Dakota, by Mark David Chapman in 1980.

Referring to Lennon as his “best friend,” McCartney told the news network the issue was “important” to him.

#MarchForOurLives rallies are being held in cities nationwide, including in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Fort Worth and in Parkland, Florida, where a month ago 17 people were killed in a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Watch the clip:

“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me,” says Paul McCartney, remembering his Beatles bandmate John Lennon at the March for Our Lives in New York City https://t.co/u4aBKWC1Jb pic.twitter.com/8Jnjn8A3xH

— CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018

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Paul McCartney, one of thousands attending New York City’s rally in the nationwide #MarchForOurLives on Saturday, took a moment to remember former Beatles bandmate, John Lennon.

Walking close to Central Park, the iconic musician said it had special relevance thanks to its proximity to where Lennon was gunned down nearly 40 years ago.

“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here,” McCartney told CNN of the march.

Lennon was shot and killed in front of his apartment building The Dakota, by Mark David Chapman in 1980.

Referring to Lennon as his “best friend,” McCartney told the news network the issue was “important” to him.

#MarchForOurLives rallies are being held in cities nationwide, including in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Fort Worth and in Parkland, Florida, where a month ago 17 people were killed in a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Gun Videos Move to Pornhub After YouTube Gives Them the Boot

Since YouTube has restricted the types of firearms videos that it allows on its platform, at least one channel has shifted to uploading its videos to a porn site instead.

The gun-review channel InRangeTV told BBC that it had begun uploading its videos on Facebook and Pornhub in the months since YouTube tightened its policies following the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“We will not be seeking any monetisation from Pornhub… we are merely looking for a safe harbour for our content and for our viewers,” read a statement from Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum, the pair behind the channel.

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YouTube’s new policies prohibit videos that show how to manufacture firearms, ammunition or certain accessories, as well as instructional videos showing how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.

The Google-owned site also bars users from uploading videos intending to “sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals)” or “links to sites that sell these items.”

In a Facebook post on Thursday, InRangeTV called out YouTube for blocking gun-related videos but allowing content related to drug use.

“My point with YouTube’s policies and InRangeTV’s move is not about changing your mind on the topic of firearms ownership – it’s about the freedom of expression on the internet,” the post reads. “Why are we seeing continuing restrictions and challenges towards content about something demonstrably legal yet not against that which is clearly illegal?

The statement continued, “Why is YouTube using its position as the world’s largest and most empowering content provider and place of free expression as a tool to control the narrative so inconsistently?”

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Since YouTube has restricted the types of firearms videos that it allows on its platform, at least one channel has shifted to uploading its videos to a porn site instead.

The gun-review channel InRangeTV told BBC that it had begun uploading its videos on Facebook and Pornhub in the months since YouTube tightened its policies following the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“We will not be seeking any monetisation from Pornhub… we are merely looking for a safe harbour for our content and for our viewers,” read a statement from Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum, the pair behind the channel.

YouTube’s new policies prohibit videos that show how to manufacture firearms, ammunition or certain accessories, as well as instructional videos showing how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.

The Google-owned site also bars users from uploading videos intending to “sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals)” or “links to sites that sell these items.”

In a Facebook post on Thursday, InRangeTV called out YouTube for blocking gun-related videos but allowing content related to drug use.

“My point with YouTube’s policies and InRangeTV’s move is not about changing your mind on the topic of firearms ownership – it’s about the freedom of expression on the internet,” the post reads. “Why are we seeing continuing restrictions and challenges towards content about something demonstrably legal yet not against that which is clearly illegal?

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Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2018 Short Film Slate (Full List)

The Tribeca Film Festival has set a lineup of 55 short films in a range of genres that encompasses animation, sci-fi and comedy as well as issue-driven docs including two films about gun violence. The films, of which 29 are world premieres, feature noteworthy actors such as Catherine Deneuve (“Rise of a Star”), Marisa Tomei […]

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Piers Morgan Rips Trump’s ‘Gutless Surrender to the NRA’: ‘Weak, Spineless Stooge’

Piers Morgan came at President Trump with both barrels Monday morning, accusing Trump of rolling over for the National Rifle Association in the ongoing debate over gun control.

A Daily Mail column by British media personality Morgan published Monday took aim at Trump with the headline, “You claimed you’d take on a school shooter with your bare hands Mr President, but your gutless surrender to the NRA proves you’re no braver than the school guard you branded a disgusting coward.”

In his column, Morgan tore into Trump for entertaining the idea of arming school teachers and seeming to abandon raising the minimum age for gun purchases.

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“The White House has announced there will be NO increase in the minimum age to purchase guns, from 18-21 – as Trump had said he wanted,” Morgan wrote. “So unhinged kids like the Florida school shooter will still be prohibited from buying a beer until they are 21 but are free to carry on arming themselves like Rambo from the age of 18.”

Morgan went on to call the idea of arming teachers “insane,” writing, “So thousands of people whose job it is to educate children will now be trained to fire guns in schools, and be equipped with guns to fire … Of course, this means thousands of new gun sales, which means thousands of new dollars to America’s gun manufacturers, who will then use a chunk of that money to donate to the lobby group that fights for its rights.”

On Monday, Trump tweeted updates on the gun control discussions, writing, “Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House. Legislation moving forward. Bump Stocks will soon be out. Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!”

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Trump added, “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”

In his column Monday, Morgan wrote that he felt a “cold, shuddering feeling of sickening betrayal.”

“After three of America’s worst ever mass shootings happened on his watch, President Trump promised to take on the NRA,” Morgan wrote.

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After a series of encouraging moves on the president’s part, Morgan wrote, “Trump’s just rolled over like the worst kind of weak, spineless stooge and caved to pressure from NRA President Wayne LaPierre and his vile leadership cohorts.”

Morgan accused Trump of caving to the NRA “in such a pitiful way” because of the midterm elections later this year.

“In their meeting, LaPierre will have threatened Trump that if he proceeded with any proposals that restrict the sale of firearms, then the NRA would go to electoral war,” Morgan wrote. “A president as strong as Trump claims to be would have told the NRA to go f— itself at being bullied in this manner … But instead, for all his bullish rhetoric, he promptly threw in the towel.”

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Morgan concluded, “Today, we discovered just how fearless Trump is prepared to be when it comes to the NRA … And the answer is about as fearless as that security guard he branded a disgusting coward.

Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House. Legislation moving forward. Bump Stocks will soon be out. Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!…….

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2018

….On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2018

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A Daily Mail column by British media personality Morgan published Monday took aim at Trump with the headline, “You claimed you’d take on a school shooter with your bare hands Mr President, but your gutless surrender to the NRA proves you’re no braver than the school guard you branded a disgusting coward.”

In his column, Morgan tore into Trump for entertaining the idea of arming school teachers and seeming to abandon raising the minimum age for gun purchases.

“The White House has announced there will be NO increase in the minimum age to purchase guns, from 18-21 – as Trump had said he wanted,” Morgan wrote. “So unhinged kids like the Florida school shooter will still be prohibited from buying a beer until they are 21 but are free to carry on arming themselves like Rambo from the age of 18.”

Morgan went on to call the idea of arming teachers “insane,” writing, “So thousands of people whose job it is to educate children will now be trained to fire guns in schools, and be equipped with guns to fire … Of course, this means thousands of new gun sales, which means thousands of new dollars to America’s gun manufacturers, who will then use a chunk of that money to donate to the lobby group that fights for its rights.”

On Monday, Trump tweeted updates on the gun control discussions, writing, “Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House. Legislation moving forward. Bump Stocks will soon be out. Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!”

Trump added, “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”

In his column Monday, Morgan wrote that he felt a “cold, shuddering feeling of sickening betrayal.”

“After three of America’s worst ever mass shootings happened on his watch, President Trump promised to take on the NRA,” Morgan wrote.

After a series of encouraging moves on the president’s part, Morgan wrote, “Trump’s just rolled over like the worst kind of weak, spineless stooge and caved to pressure from NRA President Wayne LaPierre and his vile leadership cohorts.”

Morgan accused Trump of caving to the NRA “in such a pitiful way” because of the midterm elections later this year.

“In their meeting, LaPierre will have threatened Trump that if he proceeded with any proposals that restrict the sale of firearms, then the NRA would go to electoral war,” Morgan wrote. “A president as strong as Trump claims to be would have told the NRA to go f— itself at being bullied in this manner … But instead, for all his bullish rhetoric, he promptly threw in the towel.”

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Bumble Users Can’t Post Gun Pictures on Their Dating Profiles Anymore

Bumble has banned guns across its entire platform, announcing that users will no longer be allowed to post pictures of guns on their dating profiles.

“Bumble was founded with safety in mind. From the start, our mission has been to build a social network rooted in respect and kindness,” the dating platform said in a statement. “As mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, it’s time to state unequivocally that gun violence is not in line with our values, nor do these weapons belong on Bumble.”

The statement added, “From today on, we will begin the process of moderating all new and previously uploaded photos for the presence of guns (this excludes users in military or law enforcement in uniform). Our terms and conditions will be updated to reflect this decision.”

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Bumble also announced it would be making a $100,000 donation to March For Our Lives, the nationwide gun control demonstration happening March 24 planned by students at the Florida high school that was the site of a shooting that killed 17.

Many companies have decided to stop selling assault-style rifles in the aftermath of the shooting and in the midst of a still-present debate about gun control.

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Bumble has banned guns across its entire platform, announcing that users will no longer be allowed to post pictures of guns on their dating profiles.

“Bumble was founded with safety in mind. From the start, our mission has been to build a social network rooted in respect and kindness,” the dating platform said in a statement. “As mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, it’s time to state unequivocally that gun violence is not in line with our values, nor do these weapons belong on Bumble.”

The statement added, “From today on, we will begin the process of moderating all new and previously uploaded photos for the presence of guns (this excludes users in military or law enforcement in uniform). Our terms and conditions will be updated to reflect this decision.”

Bumble also announced it would be making a $100,000 donation to March For Our Lives, the nationwide gun control demonstration happening March 24 planned by students at the Florida high school that was the site of a shooting that killed 17.

Many companies have decided to stop selling assault-style rifles in the aftermath of the shooting and in the midst of a still-present debate about gun control.

Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it would no longer sell AR-15 style rifles and sell guns to anyone under the age of 21. Walmart also raised the minimum age to buy a firearm to 21, while L.L. Bean said it will also no longer sell ammunition to people under 21. And REI, which doesn’t sell guns directly, said it was trying to exert pressure on business partners to stop selling assault-style rifles.

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Here’s Why Oscar Attendees Are Wearing Orange American Flag Pins

Attendees at the 2018 Academy Awards on Sunday will be turning their attention to gun violence by rocking orange American flag pins on designer dresses and dapper tuxes.

According to People, some celebrities will be arriving on the red carpet wearing the bright anti-gun violence pin from Everytown for Gun Safety on their duds as a gesture of solidarity following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month.

Tinseltown has been using fashion as a form of protest this awards season, with stars following a black dress code at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, carrying white roses at the Grammys and BRIT Awards, and of course, wearing their Time’s Up gear.

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Attendees at the 2018 Academy Awards on Sunday will be turning their attention to gun violence by rocking orange American flag pins on designer dresses and dapper tuxes.

According to People, some celebrities will be arriving on the red carpet wearing the bright anti-gun violence pin from Everytown for Gun Safety on their duds as a gesture of solidarity following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month.

Tinseltown has been using fashion as a form of protest this awards season, with stars following a black dress code at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, carrying white roses at the Grammys and BRIT Awards, and of course, wearing their Time’s Up gear.

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GOP Rep. Dragged for Suggesting Armed Jews Could Have Stopped Holocaust: ‘Rep Don Young Can F– Off’

VIDEO:

“How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

— Congressman Don Young pic.twitter.com/19XAyOjXXJ

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 28, 2018

Alaska Congressman Don Young suggested to an audience in Juneau last week that the Holocaust could have been avoided had Jewish people been armed.

“How many millions of people were shot and killed because they were unarmed? Fifty million in Russia,” Young said. “How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

Young made the remarks at a gathering of the Alaska Municipal League and offered the idea in response to how school safety could be improved. The comment was recorded by Alaska Democrat Dimitri Shein who is planning to challenge Young for the seat he has occupied for more than four decades.

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The story was previously reported by Alaska Public Media.

While the idea has been trotted out as a fringe pro-gun talking points for years, it’s an unusual position to be embraced by a sitting United States congressman. Young currently maintains an A+ ratings from the National Rifle Association.

In a statement, Young’s office said that his remarks were taken out of context.

“Congressman Young’s statement last week has been taken entirely out of context,” it read. “He was referencing the fact that when Hitler confiscated firearms from Jewish Germans, those communities were less able to defend themselves. He was not implying that an armed Jewish population would have been able to prevent the horrors of the Holocaust, but his intended message is that disarming citizens can have detrimental consequences.”

Rep Don Young’s spox emails this statement in response to his comments reported here: https://t.co/KXY0aWHoLI pic.twitter.com/BL6WPmaf0u

— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) February 28, 2018

Online, however, that explanation proved insufficient and Young was savaged by Blue Check Twitter — and beyond.

Rep. Don Young can fuck off. https://t.co/2r4biMgCfc

— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) February 28, 2018

“How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

*taps Don Young on shoulder*

“Get my family’s genocide out of your mouth and find another way to advertise your status as the second most NRA-funded member in Congress.” pic.twitter.com/2sObkRc8gK

— One Hot Mess AK (@libbybakalar) February 27, 2018

What a disgrace Don Young is to exploit the Holocaust like this. Guess who had entire armies, with plenty of guns, and suffered at the hands of the Nazis? Virtually every single nation on the European continent. https://t.co/LmkZvxLzoa

— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) February 28, 2018

Don Young accuses people of taking his statement on the Holocaust out of context.

Clarifies that he was actually saying exactly what his critics said he was saying. pic.twitter.com/dGi4aZSm9W

— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 28, 2018

Republican Alaska Rep. Don Young: “How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

—-> It took the greatest armies in the world YEARS to beat Hitler, but this dude thinking he can Rambo his way out of anything is the real problem.

— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 28, 2018

Get a load of this >>> Rep. Don Young (R-AK) “armed Jews could have prevented the Holocaust.” HUD Sec’y Ben Carson said same thing when he was running for pres. No wonder we have a gov. that can’t function at any level under the GOP, they are brain-dead. https://t.co/s0MPgMSmTl

— alfromct (@alfromct) February 28, 2018

Irony and stupidity – Rep Don Young (R-AK) says that more Jews would have survived if they had guns. The irony is that if Jews in the US have anything to worry about, it is the far right of the GOP and their guns.https://t.co/VmXfAhKrcI

— Matthew J Lavelle (@MatthewJLavelle) February 28, 2018

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Alaska Congressman Don Young suggested to an audience in Juneau last week that the Holocaust could have been avoided had Jewish people been armed.

“How many millions of people were shot and killed because they were unarmed? Fifty million in Russia,” Young said. “How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

Young made the remarks at a gathering of the Alaska Municipal League and offered the idea in response to how school safety could be improved. The comment was recorded by Alaska Democrat Dimitri Shein who is planning to challenge Young for the seat he has occupied for more than four decades.

The story was previously reported by Alaska Public Media.

While the idea has been trotted out as a fringe pro-gun talking points for years, it’s an unusual position to be embraced by a sitting United States congressman. Young currently maintains an A+ ratings from the National Rifle Association.

In a statement, Young’s office said that his remarks were taken out of context.

“Congressman Young’s statement last week has been taken entirely out of context,” it read. “He was referencing the fact that when Hitler confiscated firearms from Jewish Germans, those communities were less able to defend themselves. He was not implying that an armed Jewish population would have been able to prevent the horrors of the Holocaust, but his intended message is that disarming citizens can have detrimental consequences.”

Online, however, that explanation proved insufficient and Young was savaged by Blue Check Twitter — and beyond.

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‘Falling Down’ Turns 25: Screenwriter Ebbe Roe Smith on Whether D-Fens Would Vote Trump

Monday marks 25 years since the release of “Falling Down,” which found unemployed defense engineer D-Fens (Michael Douglas), destabilized by the dissolution of his family and the growing frustrations presented by modern society, tearing an increasingly weaponized, increasingly violent path through the streets of Los Angeles.

A quarter of a century later, with armed gunmen turning mass shootings into increasingly commonplace occurrences, and gun violence at the forefront of the national conversation, the film seems more pertinent than ever.

As “Falling Down” turns 25, TheWrap spoke with the film’s screenwriter, Ebbe Roe Smith, about the circumstances surrounding the making of the film, and whether D-Fens would be #TeamMAGA in the modern age.

TheWrap: When “Falling Down” was coming together, Los Angeles was experiencing a lot of tensions and frustrations that were starting to bubble up. How much of that influenced your story?

Ebbe Roe Smith: I guess it was sort of all in the background. There was nothing new, of course — whatever was going on had been around. It was definitely reflected [in the film]; the Rodney King episode was just happening. When the riots happened we were shooting, and they had to shut down production for a couple of days because of it, so there was that. There was a thing going on between Korean grocers and Black neighborhoods, too. There was tension between those two communities, and it was especially exasperated because a young Black girl was shot by a Korean grocer because she stole something and started to walk out the door, and she was shot and killed. So that was a big thing that was going on.

Do you think that the film could have been set anywhere else than L.A., or were the circumstances in the film unique to Los Angeles?

I thought about that. I think it definitely could have been [set elsewhere]. The details would have been different, but the overall push of it would have been the same. It was L.A.-centric, as far as what was going on. And also the concept of him walking, of him leaving his car, was a big L.A. thing. He was a guy who got out of his car and entered into areas where he didn’t belong. So that was a big L.A. thing — you know, the car culture. The tensions were going on all over the place, though. You could have done it elsewhere — it would have different details, but yeah.

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Do you feel that those tensions have abated or increased in the past 25 years? It seems like there are a lot of D-Fenses, or at least potential D-Fenses, running around the country these days.

It seems like they’ve been exacerbated. And it’s kind of more visual — they’re out there, now. You know, the white supremacists are marching now. They weren’t really marching back then. They were around, but they were more under the radar. And this idea of the aggrieved white man, which is something that is in the news now. They’re still there; it may be exacerbated, like you say. Since Trump came in, you know…

To what extent do you think D-Fens’ rage was specifically a white male rage, as opposed to a reaction to frustrations that anyone might experience?

I’ve always thought that D-Fens was racist, but that he kind of didn’t know he was. I don’t know exactly how to put that … More like privileged, you know? He was privileged. And he felt that would be taken away from him.

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Had D-Fens not died at the end of the movie, do you think he would have voted for Trump in the last election?

Yeah, I think so! I think that’s a good bet. Yeah, I think definitely.

It seems like Trump’s message would resonate with him.

Yeah, I think it would. You know, the aggrieved-ness of it — “Wait a minute, what happened to MY rights?” That’s a big thing that’s coming down now with a white supremacist kind of idea. You know, “MY rights are being taken away from me and given to these other people of color.”

A lot of the racial face-off in “Falling Down” seems like a function of the film being set in L.A., with its varied demographics. But you get the sense that he had problems with certain people, even if he didn’t realize it himself.

Definitely, yeah. When he meets up with the white supremacist in the store, where he changes his shoes out, the idea that the guy says, “We’re the same, you and me,” that idea was foreign to D-Fens, he didn’t see that in himself. It was kind of a shock to him.

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Your new book, “Pro Bono,” involves an assassin who volunteers to help a quadriplegic seek revenge on the people he feels are responsible for his problems, which seems to venture into similar territory as “Falling Down.”

It’s sort of from the other side. The aggrieved guy in this really believes that he was aggrieved. That really wasn’t the focus of the book, the focus was on the mind of the killer, the hitman. He wasn’t feeling aggrieved, but the focus was on him.

Have you ever worried that you might have opened up a Pandora’s box with “Falling Down,” in terms of emboldening would-be vigilantes?

I don’t feel responsible, I don’t feel like I’d be causing anything. I feel like I was noting it as opposed to causing it. It is kind of baffling; I had a guy, he was in New York and he had a blog, and I looked at some of his stuff, and he had some real racist, slanted stuff. He wanted to do an interview with me, and I said I didn’t want to go there because I didn’t want to help his agenda. But it kind of baffled me, that they could look at D-Fens as a positive figure, because to me it seems so clear that D-Fens is really messed up, you know. Where he’s coming from is because he’s in a really messed-up state, so I don’t see him as a good character to live up to.

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A lot of people seem to see him as a champion for anyone who’s been run down by the world and wants to take a stand, although D-Fens takes some very problematic stands. What would you say to someone who sees him as a heroic figure?

I would say, take a look — the guy is sick. He has real issues. He’s not really [taking] a heroic stand. Although I think two things were going on in the movie — one is how messed up he was, and the other part of it was that he was doing things that made people feel good. There were things that people wanted to do themselves but couldn’t do it, because of the risk and putting themselves out there in that dangerous place. Those two things were going on. To me there’s a separation there. The joy that people take in the movie is from that aspect of it — that when he goes into the Whammy Burger, he pulls out a gun and says, “Give me my goddamn breakfast.” And they are meant to be comedic, but that aspect of it is kind of separated from the darker, more dangerous, sicker aspects of D-Fens.

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Monday marks 25 years since the release of “Falling Down,” which found unemployed defense engineer D-Fens (Michael Douglas), destabilized by the dissolution of his family and the growing frustrations presented by modern society, tearing an increasingly weaponized, increasingly violent path through the streets of Los Angeles.

A quarter of a century later, with armed gunmen turning mass shootings into increasingly commonplace occurrences, and gun violence at the forefront of the national conversation, the film seems more pertinent than ever.

As “Falling Down” turns 25, TheWrap spoke with the film’s screenwriter, Ebbe Roe Smith, about the circumstances surrounding the making of the film, and whether D-Fens would be #TeamMAGA in the modern age.

TheWrap: When “Falling Down” was coming together, Los Angeles was experiencing a lot of tensions and frustrations that were starting to bubble up. How much of that influenced your story?

Ebbe Roe Smith: I guess it was sort of all in the background. There was nothing new, of course — whatever was going on had been around. It was definitely reflected [in the film]; the Rodney King episode was just happening. When the riots happened we were shooting, and they had to shut down production for a couple of days because of it, so there was that. There was a thing going on between Korean grocers and Black neighborhoods, too. There was tension between those two communities, and it was especially exasperated because a young Black girl was shot by a Korean grocer because she stole something and started to walk out the door, and she was shot and killed. So that was a big thing that was going on.

Do you think that the film could have been set anywhere else than L.A., or were the circumstances in the film unique to Los Angeles?

I thought about that. I think it definitely could have been [set elsewhere]. The details would have been different, but the overall push of it would have been the same. It was L.A.-centric, as far as what was going on. And also the concept of him walking, of him leaving his car, was a big L.A. thing. He was a guy who got out of his car and entered into areas where he didn’t belong. So that was a big L.A. thing — you know, the car culture. The tensions were going on all over the place, though. You could have done it elsewhere — it would have different details, but yeah.

Do you feel that those tensions have abated or increased in the past 25 years? It seems like there are a lot of D-Fenses, or at least potential D-Fenses, running around the country these days.

It seems like they’ve been exacerbated. And it’s kind of more visual — they’re out there, now. You know, the white supremacists are marching now. They weren’t really marching back then. They were around, but they were more under the radar. And this idea of the aggrieved white man, which is something that is in the news now. They’re still there; it may be exacerbated, like you say. Since Trump came in, you know…

To what extent do you think D-Fens’ rage was specifically a white male rage, as opposed to a reaction to frustrations that anyone might experience?

I’ve always thought that D-Fens was racist, but that he kind of didn’t know he was. I don’t know exactly how to put that … More like privileged, you know? He was privileged. And he felt that would be taken away from him.

Had D-Fens not died at the end of the movie, do you think he would have voted for Trump in the last election?

Yeah, I think so! I think that’s a good bet. Yeah, I think definitely.

It seems like Trump’s message would resonate with him.

Yeah, I think it would. You know, the aggrieved-ness of it — “Wait a minute, what happened to MY rights?” That’s a big thing that’s coming down now with a white supremacist kind of idea. You know, “MY rights are being taken away from me and given to these other people of color.”

A lot of the racial face-off in “Falling Down” seems like a function of the film being set in L.A., with its varied demographics. But you get the sense that he had problems with certain people, even if he didn’t realize it himself.

Definitely, yeah. When he meets up with the white supremacist in the store, where he changes his shoes out, the idea that the guy says, “We’re the same, you and me,” that idea was foreign to D-Fens, he didn’t see that in himself. It was kind of a shock to him.

Your new book, “Pro Bono,” involves an assassin who volunteers to help a quadriplegic seek revenge on the people he feels are responsible for his problems, which seems to venture into similar territory as “Falling Down.”

It’s sort of from the other side. The aggrieved guy in this really believes that he was aggrieved. That really wasn’t the focus of the book, the focus was on the mind of the killer, the hitman. He wasn’t feeling aggrieved, but the focus was on him.

Have you ever worried that you might have opened up a Pandora’s box with “Falling Down,” in terms of emboldening would-be vigilantes?

I don’t feel responsible, I don’t feel like I’d be causing anything. I feel like I was noting it as opposed to causing it. It is kind of baffling; I had a guy, he was in New York and he had a blog, and I looked at some of his stuff, and he had some real racist, slanted stuff. He wanted to do an interview with me, and I said I didn’t want to go there because I didn’t want to help his agenda. But it kind of baffled me, that they could look at D-Fens as a positive figure, because to me it seems so clear that D-Fens is really messed up, you know. Where he’s coming from is because he’s in a really messed-up state, so I don’t see him as a good character to live up to.

A lot of people seem to see him as a champion for anyone who’s been run down by the world and wants to take a stand, although D-Fens takes some very problematic stands. What would you say to someone who sees him as a heroic figure?

I would say, take a look — the guy is sick. He has real issues. He’s not really [taking] a heroic stand. Although I think two things were going on in the movie — one is how messed up he was, and the other part of it was that he was doing things that made people feel good. There were things that people wanted to do themselves but couldn’t do it, because of the risk and putting themselves out there in that dangerous place. Those two things were going on. To me there’s a separation there. The joy that people take in the movie is from that aspect of it — that when he goes into the Whammy Burger, he pulls out a gun and says, “Give me my goddamn breakfast.” And they are meant to be comedic, but that aspect of it is kind of separated from the darker, more dangerous, sicker aspects of D-Fens.

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Marco Rubio’s Warning Against Full Assault Weapon Ban Backfires When Crowd Loves the Idea (Video)

Marco Rubio’s attempt to depict a full assault weapons ban as some kind of worst case scenario failed miserably Wednesday night, when the audience at a televised CNN townhall went absolutely wild for the idea instead.

The townhall, led by friends and parents of victims of the deadly mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla, featured an array of speakers. Rubio appeared onstage alongside fellow Florida senator Bill Nelson, and throughout the talk his responses were by and large very poorly received by the crowd.

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At one point Rubio was asked whether he would support stringent background checks on gun purchases. He referred back to an earlier question about banning certain types of assault rifles, explaining that in his opinion such measures are useless.

“It’s not the loopholes,” Rubio said, “it’s the problem that once you start looking at how easy it is to get around it you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle.”

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At that, the crowd erupted into deafening cheers, with audible cries of “yes” heard above the roar.

Rubio for his part acknowledged that the crowd disagreed with him, but told them that lawmakers aren’t going to do it. “Fair enough. Fair enough. That is a valid position to hold. But my colleagues do not support banning every semi-automatic rifle sold in America” Rubio said, prompting loud booing from the crowd.

Watch the exchange below.

Rubio says: “you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle” as if it were a bad thing….

Instead, crowd goes wild. Oops. pic.twitter.com/cWi6uzK0gW

— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) February 22, 2018

 

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Marco Rubio’s attempt to depict a full assault weapons ban as some kind of worst case scenario failed miserably Wednesday night, when the audience at a televised CNN townhall went absolutely wild for the idea instead.

The townhall, led by friends and parents of victims of the deadly mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla, featured an array of speakers. Rubio appeared onstage alongside fellow Florida senator Bill Nelson, and throughout the talk his responses were by and large very poorly received by the crowd.

At one point Rubio was asked whether he would support stringent background checks on gun purchases. He referred back to an earlier question about banning certain types of assault rifles, explaining that in his opinion such measures are useless.

“It’s not the loopholes,” Rubio said, “it’s the problem that once you start looking at how easy it is to get around it you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle.”

At that, the crowd erupted into deafening cheers, with audible cries of “yes” heard above the roar.

Rubio for his part acknowledged that the crowd disagreed with him, but told them that lawmakers aren’t going to do it. “Fair enough. Fair enough. That is a valid position to hold. But my colleagues do not support banning every semi-automatic rifle sold in America” Rubio said, prompting loud booing from the crowd.

Watch the exchange below.

 

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Colbert Mocks Florida Lawmakers for Going After Porn Instead of Dealing With Guns (Video)

At the start of Wednesday night’s episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” host Colbert talked about yesterday’s Florida legislative session, when state lawmakers voted down a ban on assault weapons less than a week after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. Colbert then noted that instead, the GOP-dominated legislature went on to approve a bill that declared porn “dangerous.”

“What do you have against teenagers?” Colbert asked. “First you won’t do anything about guns, now you’re taking away their porn.”

“What are you doing in there?!” Colbert, miming a parent knocking on a door, said. “You better be loading a gun, young man!”

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Colbert’s comments came on the same day as a listening session Trump held with survivors of gun violence and their family, in which POTUS was photographed with a crib sheet reminding him to say ‘I Hear You’ to attendees. That same day, Trump came under particular fire for calling on teachers to be armed in the classroom as a solution to school shootings — especially as he denied supporting such a policy during the 2016 presidential election.

Watch the full “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” clip below.

TONIGHT: With Parkland students looking on, the Florida legislature opted to skip debate on assault weapons and instead tackle a far greater menace. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/9EpwwtGQEO

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) February 22, 2018

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‘Three Billboards’-Style Gun Control Campaign Launches in Florida

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“What do you have against teenagers?” Colbert asked. “First you won’t do anything about guns, now you’re taking away their porn.”

“What are you doing in there?!” Colbert, miming a parent knocking on a door, said. “You better be loading a gun, young man!”

Colbert’s comments came on the same day as a listening session Trump held with survivors of gun violence and their family, in which POTUS was photographed with a crib sheet reminding him to say ‘I Hear You’ to attendees. That same day, Trump came under particular fire for calling on teachers to be armed in the classroom as a solution to school shootings — especially as he denied supporting such a policy during the 2016 presidential election.

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