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September 16, 2019


♪ ♪>>>VOTERS WANT ACTION ON GUN>>>VOTERS WANT ACTION ON GUN REFORM. REFORM. LAWMAKERS FEELING INCREASING LAWMAKERS FEELING INCREASING PRESSURE DURING WHAT IS RIGHT PRESSURE DURING WHAT IS RIGHT NOW THEIR AUGUST RECESS. NOW THEIR AUGUST RECESS. SENATOR JONI ARNZ HELD A TOWN SENATOR JONI ARNZ HELD A TOWN HALL THIS WEEK AND A TEACHER HALL THIS WEEK AND A TEACHER SHARED AN IMPORTANT EMOTIONAL SHARED AN IMPORTANT EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL EXPERIENCE ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL TRAINING. TRAINING.>>PART OF MY TEACHER TRANLINGIN>>PART OF MY TEACHER TRANLINGIN THIS PAST WEEK, I WAS ASKED TO THIS PAST WEEK, I WAS ASKED TO LISTEN TO — SOUNDS AND LISTEN TO — SOUNDS AND DETERMINE IF THEY WERE GUNSHOTS DETERMINE IF THEY WERE GUNSHOTS OR NOT. OR NOT. I WAS THEN ASKED TO BE TRAINED I WAS THEN ASKED TO BE TRAINED TO MAN A FAMILY REUNIFICATION TO MAN A FAMILY REUNIFICATION CENTER TO PROVIDE COUNSELING TO CENTER TO PROVIDE COUNSELING TO PARENTS SEEKING THEIR CHILDREN PARENTS SEEKING THEIR CHILDREN FOLLOWING A CATASTROPHIC EVENT. FOLLOWING A CATASTROPHIC EVENT. SO MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY, SO MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY, SENATOR, IS WHEN CAN I PLAN TO SENATOR, IS WHEN CAN I PLAN TO GET BACK TO TRAININGS THAT GET BACK TO TRAININGS THAT SIMPLY TEACH CHILDREN TO READ SIMPLY TEACH CHILDREN TO READ AND WRITE? AND WRITE? [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>YOU CAN SEE THE STRONG>>YOU CAN SEE THE STRONG RECEPTION THERE. RECEPTION THERE. NOW, EARNST RESPONDED BY TALKING NOW, EARNST RESPONDED BY TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. THE PEOPLE WHO CLAMMED AT THE THE PEOPLE WHO CLAMMED AT THE END THERE, THEY WANTED MORE. END THERE, THEY WANTED MORE.>>DO SOMETHING.>>DO SOMETHING.>>DO SOMETHING.>>DO SOMETHING. DO SOMETHING. DO SOMETHING.>>DO SOMETHING.>>DO SOMETHING.>>DO SOMETHING.>>DO SOMETHING.>>TALKING IS OVER.>>TALKING IS OVER.>>WE NEED TO PROTECT US.>>WE NEED TO PROTECT US.>>DO SOMETHING.>>DO SOMETHING.>>WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AND HAVE>>WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AND HAVE A CONCESSION ABOUT ALL OF THESE A CONCESSION ABOUT ALL OF THESE ITEMS — I APPRECIATE YOUR ITEMS — I APPRECIATE YOUR CONCERN, BUT WE HAVE HAD — CONCERN, BUT WE HAVE HAD –>>CONGRESS IS NOT IN SESSION,>>CONGRESS IS NOT IN SESSION, BUT YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE DEMANDING BUT YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE DEMANDING THEY GET BACK TO WORK ON THIS THEY GET BACK TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE. ISSUE. AND NONE OF THIS IS HAPPENING IN AND NONE OF THIS IS HAPPENING IN A VACUUM. A VACUUM. WE WANT TO REPORT SOMETHING YOU WE WANT TO REPORT SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT HAVE SEEN YET FROM NEWS MAY NOT HAVE SEEN YET FROM NEWS THIS WEEKEND. THIS WEEKEND. AUTHORITIES ARRESTING THREE MEN AUTHORITIES ARRESTING THREE MEN THEY SAY WERE LOOKING AT TRYING THEY SAY WERE LOOKING AT TRYING TO DO THREE SEPARATE MASS TO DO THREE SEPARATE MASS SHOOTINGS. SHOOTINGS. ONE OF THEM REPORTEDLY A ONE OF THEM REPORTEDLY A SELF-DESCRIBED WHITE NATIONALIST SELF-DESCRIBED WHITE NATIONALIST WHO ATTENDED, YES, THE WHO ATTENDED, YES, THE CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY. CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY. I’M VERY HAPPY TO TELL YOU ONE I’M VERY HAPPY TO TELL YOU ONE PIECE OF GOOD NEWS, WHICH IS ON PIECE OF GOOD NEWS, WHICH IS ON “THE BEAT” WE ARE NOW JOINED BY “THE BEAT” WE ARE NOW JOINED BY THE VERY TEACHER WHO CONFRONTED THE VERY TEACHER WHO CONFRONTED SENATOR EARNST AT THAT TOWN SENATOR EARNST AT THAT TOWN HALL, AND A COLUMNIST AT NEW HALL, AND A COLUMNIST AT NEW YORK DAILY NEWS WHO HAS WRITTEN YORK DAILY NEWS WHO HAS WRITTEN ABOUT THIS A LOT. ABOUT THIS A LOT. THANK YOU FOR BEING WILLING TO THANK YOU FOR BEING WILLING TO TALK ABOUT THIS TOUGH SUBJECT. TALK ABOUT THIS TOUGH SUBJECT.>>I WISH I COULD SAY THAT I WAS>>I WISH I COULD SAY THAT I WAS HAPPY TO BE HERE. HAPPY TO BE HERE. IT’S HARD TO HAVE TO KEEP IT’S HARD TO HAVE TO KEEP BRINGING THIS SUBJECT UP. BRINGING THIS SUBJECT UP.>>YEAH, IT’S HARD, AND WHEN WE>>YEAH, IT’S HARD, AND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT HOW WE ENGAGE THESE THINK ABOUT HOW WE ENGAGE THESE DISCUSSIONS AS ALL OF THE BAD DISCUSSIONS AS ALL OF THE BAD NEWS, THERE IS DEALING WITH NEWS, THERE IS DEALING WITH REPORTING THE FACTS AND THEN REPORTING THE FACTS AND THEN THERE IS THE OTHER PART OF IT, THERE IS THE OTHER PART OF IT, EVERYONE GOING TO BE SORT OF EVERYONE GOING TO BE SORT OF PULLED DOWN BY THIS OR CAN THERE PULLED DOWN BY THIS OR CAN THERE BE, CAN THERE BE AN INFORMED AND BE, CAN THERE BE AN INFORMED AND REAL DISCUSSION OF POLICY FOR REAL DISCUSSION OF POLICY FOR POTENTIAL REFORM. POTENTIAL REFORM. IT SEEMED LIKE THAT’S WHAT YOU IT SEEMED LIKE THAT’S WHAT YOU WERE DRIVING AT. WERE DRIVING AT. MY FIRST QUESTION TO YOU TONIGHT MY FIRST QUESTION TO YOU TONIGHT IS WHAT DID YOU THINKS OF THE IS WHAT DID YOU THINKS OF THE SENATOR’S ANSWER? SENATOR’S ANSWER?>>IT WAS CERTAINLY>>IT WAS CERTAINLY DISAPPOINTING TO ME. DISAPPOINTING TO ME. IMMEDIATELY AFTER I ASKED A IMMEDIATELY AFTER I ASKED A QUESTION THAT WAS CLEARLY A QUESTION THAT WAS CLEARLY A CONCERN ABOUT ACTIVE SHOOTERS, CONCERN ABOUT ACTIVE SHOOTERS, SHE TRIED TO PIVOT IT TO THINGS SHE TRIED TO PIVOT IT TO THINGS LIKE — ACQUIT IT TO FIRE DRILLS LIKE — ACQUIT IT TO FIRE DRILLS AND TORNADO DRILLS AND THAT’S AND TORNADO DRILLS AND THAT’S NOT — THAT’S NOT WHAT PEOPLE NOT — THAT’S NOT WHAT PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT TODAY. ARE CONCERNED ABOUT TODAY. SO THANKFULLY THE CROWD REACTED. SO THANKFULLY THE CROWD REACTED. AND THEN SHE IMMEDIATELY WENT AND THEN SHE IMMEDIATELY WENT TO — ON TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL TO — ON TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH BEING A KEY ISSUE IN MOST HEALTH BEING A KEY ISSUE IN MOST SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, WHICH MY SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, WHICH MY FRIENDS THAT ARE PSYCHOLOGISTS FRIENDS THAT ARE PSYCHOLOGISTS TELL ME IS JUST NOT ACCURATE. TELL ME IS JUST NOT ACCURATE. THAT A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THAT A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE SHOOTERS HAVE MENTAL HEALTH THE SHOOTERS HAVE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS. CONCERNS. AND THAT, IN FACT, PEOPLE THAT AND THAT, IN FACT, PEOPLE THAT HAVE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS ARE HAVE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS ARE MORE APT TO BE VICTIMS OF MORE APT TO BE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE RATHER THAN PERPETRATE VIOLENCE RATHER THAN PERPETRATE IT. IT.>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS IN YOUR>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS IN YOUR CLASSROOM, DO YOU SEE THIS OVER CLASSROOM, DO YOU SEE THIS OVER TIME AFFECTING STUDENTS TIME AFFECTING STUDENTS DIFFERENTLY TODAY? DIFFERENTLY TODAY? DO YOU SEE THIS AS SOMETHING DO YOU SEE THIS AS SOMETHING THAT AFFECTS THEIR SENSE OF THAT AFFECTS THEIR SENSE OF SAFETY AND THEIR ABILITY TO SAFETY AND THEIR ABILITY TO FOCUS? FOCUS?>>CERTAINLY FROM MY POINT, FROM>>CERTAINLY FROM MY POINT, FROM A TEACHER TRAINING POINT, WE ARE A TEACHER TRAINING POINT, WE ARE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME LEARNING SPENDING A LOT OF TIME LEARNING HOW TO DEAL WITH ACTIVE SHOOTERS HOW TO DEAL WITH ACTIVE SHOOTERS AND KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE, AND KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE, AND SO THAT TAKES AWAY FROM THE AND SO THAT TAKES AWAY FROM THE TIME THAT WE REALLY NEED TO BE TIME THAT WE REALLY NEED TO BE ON THE CUTTING EDGE TO TEACH ON THE CUTTING EDGE TO TEACH THEM SIMPLE THINGS LIKE HOW TO THEM SIMPLE THINGS LIKE HOW TO READ AND WRITE AND HOW TO GET READ AND WRITE AND HOW TO GET ALONG WITH THEIR FRIENDS. ALONG WITH THEIR FRIENDS. AND, YES, SCHOOL CHILDREN DO AND, YES, SCHOOL CHILDREN DO COME TO SCHOOL ANXIOUS, YOU COME TO SCHOOL ANXIOUS, YOU KNOW, ABOUT SHOOTING SITUATIONS. KNOW, ABOUT SHOOTING SITUATIONS. AND IT’S NOT JUST THE CHILDREN AND IT’S NOT JUST THE CHILDREN THAT ARE ANXIOUS. THAT ARE ANXIOUS. TEACHERS, ADULTS. TEACHERS, ADULTS.>>SURE, SURE.>>SURE, SURE.>>ARE AFRAID AND HAVE ANXIETY>>ARE AFRAID AND HAVE ANXIETY SURROUNDING THESE EVENTS. SURROUNDING THESE EVENTS.>>LET ME BRING IN MIKE.>>LET ME BRING IN MIKE. HANG WITH ME. HANG WITH ME. AND, MIKE, WHAT DO YOU THINK? AND, MIKE, WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>UM-HMM, SURE.>>UM-HMM, SURE.>>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, ARI, WE>>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, ARI, WE LIVE IN A TIME IN THIS COUNTRY LIVE IN A TIME IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE WE KEEP SAYING WHO IS WHERE WE KEEP SAYING WHO IS GOING TO STAND UP AND REPRESENT GOING TO STAND UP AND REPRESENT THE COUNTRY THAT WE STILL ASPIRE THE COUNTRY THAT WE STILL ASPIRE TO BE. TO BE. AND TO STAND UP AND ASK THAT AND TO STAND UP AND ASK THAT QUESTION THE OTHER NIGHT, THAT’S QUESTION THE OTHER NIGHT, THAT’S THE AMERICA THAT WE STILL WANT THE AMERICA THAT WE STILL WANT TO BE. TO BE. THOSE PEOPLE IN THAT HALL WERE THOSE PEOPLE IN THAT HALL WERE TIRED OF LISTENING TO JONI TIRED OF LISTENING TO JONI EARNST GET ROLLED BY THE NRA AND EARNST GET ROLLED BY THE NRA AND JUST SPOUT NRA TALKING POINTS. JUST SPOUT NRA TALKING POINTS. AND THEY CALLED B.S. ON HER IN AND THEY CALLED B.S. ON HER IN THE STATE OF IOWA. THE STATE OF IOWA. AND I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS AND I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS KIND OF THRILLING. KIND OF THRILLING. YES, NO ONE WOULD DISPUTE THAT YES, NO ONE WOULD DISPUTE THAT MENTAL HEALTH IS AN ISSUE IN MENTAL HEALTH IS AN ISSUE IN THIS CONVERSATION, BUT I ALWAYS THIS CONVERSATION, BUT I ALWAYS GO BACK TO A LINE THE GREAT PETE GO BACK TO A LINE THE GREAT PETE HAMIL ONCE USED, ARI. HAMIL ONCE USED, ARI. HOW MANY HOME RUNS DID BABE RUTH HOW MANY HOME RUNS DID BABE RUTH HIT WITHOUT A BAT? HIT WITHOUT A BAT? FOR THEM TO WANT TO TALK ABOUT FOR THEM TO WANT TO TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING EXCEPT GUNS, FOR A EVERYTHING EXCEPT GUNS, FOR A FAILING ORGANIZATION LIKE THE FAILING ORGANIZATION LIKE THE NRA, SOMEDAY THESE POLITICIANS NRA, SOMEDAY THESE POLITICIANS WHO HAVE GOTTEN ROLLED BY THE WHO HAVE GOTTEN ROLLED BY THE NRA ARE GOING TO WONDER TOE WLOM NRA ARE GOING TO WONDER TOE WLOM THEY SOLD THEIR SOULS. THEY SOLD THEIR SOULS. I THOUGHT THE SOUND AND THAT I THOUGHT THE SOUND AND THAT SCENE THE OTHER NIGHT WAS SCENE THE OTHER NIGHT WAS TREMENDOUS IN IOWA. TREMENDOUS IN IOWA.>>WELL, I THINK IT’S SO>>WELL, I THINK IT’S SO IMPORTANT, AS YOU SAY AND ALI, IMPORTANT, AS YOU SAY AND ALI, MIKE IS GIVING YOU A SHOUT OUT MIKE IS GIVING YOU A SHOUT OUT OBVIOUSLY, BECAUSE WHAT WE’RE OBVIOUSLY, BECAUSE WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT REALLY IS WHETHER TALKING ABOUT REALLY IS WHETHER ANY OF THESE ARGUMENTS MAKE ANY OF THESE ARGUMENTS MAKE SENSE UPON A BASIC DISCUSSION IN SENSE UPON A BASIC DISCUSSION IN PUBLIC, RIGHT? PUBLIC, RIGHT? I MEAN, THERE ARE COMPLEXITIES I MEAN, THERE ARE COMPLEXITIES TO THIS. TO THIS. I’VE STUDIED THE LAW. I’VE STUDIED THE LAW. THERE ARE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES THERE ARE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES IN GUN RIGHTS. IN GUN RIGHTS. BUT WHEN YOU GET OUT TO, WELL, BUT WHEN YOU GET OUT TO, WELL, SHOULD WE DO SCREENINGS OR NOT? SHOULD WE DO SCREENINGS OR NOT? AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO AS AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO AS A TEACHER? A TEACHER? IT SEEMS THAT REGULAR AMERICANS, IT SEEMS THAT REGULAR AMERICANS, CIVILIAN AMERICANS, VOTERS IN CIVILIAN AMERICANS, VOTERS IN THESE HALLS, ARE CONFRONTING THESE HALLS, ARE CONFRONTING SOME OF THE INADEQUATE SWERNZ,AN SOME OF THE INADEQUATE SWERNZ,AN IN THEIR VIEW, OF THEIR LEADERS. IN THEIR VIEW, OF THEIR LEADERS. I WANT TO PLAY MORE OF THIS. I WANT TO PLAY MORE OF THIS. WE FOLLOW POLITICS. WE FOLLOW POLITICS. AUGUST IS A SLOW TIME. AUGUST IS A SLOW TIME. IT’S NOT SLOW FOR WHAT YOU’RE IT’S NOT SLOW FOR WHAT YOU’RE DOING. DOING. IT’S NOT SLOW IF YOU TAKE THESE IT’S NOT SLOW IF YOU TAKE THESE TOWN HALLS SERIOUSLY. TOWN HALLS SERIOUSLY. A LITTLE MORE OF SENATOR A LITTLE MORE OF SENATOR EARNST’S RESPONSE AFTER YOUR EARNST’S RESPONSE AFTER YOUR QUESTION. QUESTION. LET’S TAKE A LOOK. LET’S TAKE A LOOK.>>A LOT OF THESE INCIDENTS DO>>A LOT OF THESE INCIDENTS DO COME BACK TO MENTAL ILLNESS. COME BACK TO MENTAL ILLNESS.>>NO!>>NO!>>NO!>>NO!>>WE ARE SHORT COUNSELORS, WE>>WE ARE SHORT COUNSELORS, WE ARE SHORT PSYCHOLOGISTS. ARE SHORT PSYCHOLOGISTS.>>WE NEED CONGRESS PEOPLE TO>>WE NEED CONGRESS PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION. TAKE ACTION. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>ALMOST OUT OF TIME.>>ALMOST OUT OF TIME. SO BRIEFLY TO ALI, AND THEN SO BRIEFLY TO ALI, AND THEN MIKE, YOUR FINAL THOUGHTS ON MIKE, YOUR FINAL THOUGHTS ON WHERE WE GO FROM HERE. WHERE WE GO FROM HERE.>>WELL, THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK>>WELL, THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK ABOUT SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS, ABOUT SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS, BUT I WOULD JUST LIKE TO HAVE BUT I WOULD JUST LIKE TO HAVE PEOPLE THINK ABOUT A CHILD’S PEOPLE THINK ABOUT A CHILD’S RIGHT. RIGHT. A CHILD’S RIGHT TO SIT IN THEIR A CHILD’S RIGHT TO SIT IN THEIR CLASSROOM AND FEEL SAFE AND NOT CLASSROOM AND FEEL SAFE AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING A HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING A VICTIM OF GUN VIOLENCE. VICTIM OF GUN VIOLENCE. THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS GREAT, THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS GREAT, BUT MAYBE WE NEED — MAYBE WE BUT MAYBE WE NEED — MAYBE WE NEED A 34th AMENDMENT THAT SAYS, NEED A 34th AMENDMENT THAT SAYS, CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT TO BE SAFE CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT TO BE SAFE WHILE THEY’RE TRYING TO LEARN IN WHILE THEY’RE TRYING TO LEARN IN SCHOOLS. SCHOOLS.>>ARI, THE SECOND AMENDMENT HAS>>ARI, THE SECOND AMENDMENT HAS BEEN PICKED OUTRINCE WILLIAM PIM BEEN PICKED OUTRINCE WILLIAM PIM REASONABLE GUN OWNERS IN THIS REASONABLE GUN OWNERS IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT IN THE NAME OF COUNTRY, BUT IN THE NAME OF PROFITS FOR GUN MANUFACTURERS. PROFITS FOR GUN MANUFACTURERS. AND I’D LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT AND I’D LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO FIGURE PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO FIGURE THAT OUT. THAT OUT. ANY OPPOSITION TO AN ASSAULT ANY OPPOSITION TO AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN OR BACKGROUND CHECKS WEAPONS BAN OR BACKGROUND CHECKS IS BONE HEADED. IS BONE HEADED.>>MIKE, ALWAYS SPITTING HOT>>MIKE, ALWAYS SPITTING HOT FIRE, AS WE KNOW, ABOUT YOU, FIRE, AS WE KNOW, ABOUT YOU, SIR, EVEN ON A SERIOUS TOPIC. SIR, EVEN ON A SERIOUS TOPIC. AND ELI HOLLAND, A TEACHER WHO AND ELI HOLLAND, A TEACHER WHO STOOD UP AS A CITIZEN WHICH WE STOOD UP AS A CITIZEN WHICH WE APPRECIATE AND CAME HERE TO TALK APPRECIATE AND CAME HERE TO TALK ABOUT IT.

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