Matthew McConaughey calls for change as Uvalde survivor who played dead to testify at congressional panel

GOP senator caught on phone at opening of emotional Buffalo Massacre hearing

The House Oversight Committee convenes Wednesday for its own response to the twin massacres in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, following Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on rising terrorism interior.

Loved ones of the victims of the two shootings will be on Capitol Hill for the first time since the two tragedies unfolded as a bipartisan group in the Senate meets to discuss a way forward on gun and crime legislation. school safety.

Lawmakers are debating a number of potential responses to the two deadly shootings, which both involved AR-15-style rifles wielded by suspects under the age of 21. The suspect in Buffalo, unlike Uvalde, would have had a clear racist motive. for his attack.

But any path to legislation reaching Joe Biden’s office must go through the equally divided Senate, where he will need the votes of at least ten Republicans to pass.

On Tuesday, actor Matthew McConnaughey gave an impassioned speech about guns at the White House press briefing.

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ICYMI: Matthew McConaughey’s emotional White House briefing in full

Matthew McConaughey’s surprise appearance at Tuesday’s White House briefing was questioned as potential ‘demagogy’ by a reporter present, but to many it was clear the Uvalde native was speaking from the heart of a horrible tragedy in his hometown.

At one point, he came close to tears and pounded on the desk as he described the victims of the shooting, most of whom were elementary school students.

John BowdenJune 8, 2022 8:26 a.m.

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Ben & Jerry’s pushes for gun control after mass shootings

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s has called on corporate America to stop funding politicians who oppose gun control measures.

“It’s time for corporations and their trade associations to stop political contributions to elected officials who do the bidding of the gun lobby, blocking the common-sense gun laws that nearly all Americans support,” he said. the Vermont ice cream maker said in a statement last week.

“Our leaders are more sympathetic to the gun lobby than to the grieving families of countless victims.”

Sravasti DasguptaJune 8, 2022 08:00

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Senators reach ‘critical’ point on gun legislation

Leading Republican and Democratic senators are trying to find common ground on legislation that could reduce future mass shootings following the horrific shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York in recent weeks.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, who is one of the negotiators trying to find common ground across the aisle, said on Tuesday that talks are “entering a pretty critical phase,” CBS reported.

He added that his “aim is to get an agreement by the end of the week”.

Mr Murphy said he met President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday, but did not release further details of the meeting.

“I’ve failed so many times before in these talks that I’m sober about our chances,” Mr. Murphy said on ABC’s “The View.”

“But normally, over time, after one of those cataclysmic mass shootings, the momentum fades. The opposite seems to be happening this time. There are more Republicans every day who want to help us get to a product and so I’m very hopeful that maybe by the end of this week we can announce a framework that will allow us to vote.

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Sravasti DasguptaJune 8, 2022 07:40

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How many senators have shot an AR-15?

Much of the conversation around potential responses to the New York and Texas massacres has focused on the high-powered AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles used by shooters in both attacks.

Many Republicans oppose raising the age limit for purchasing AR-15s and other assault-type weapons, while nearly all oppose banning their sale altogether.

The Independents Eric Garcia hounded Republican members of the Senate with a question as conversations about how to handle these weapons continue: Have you personally fired one?

John BowdenJune 8, 2022 07:20

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Teacher shot dead in Uvalde reveals how children called police ‘cowards’

Arnulfo Reyes, a fourth grade teacher who was shot in the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, told of how children called the police for help before he died.

Speaking to ABC’s Good Morning America, he said he was in Classroom 111 with his students, which was connected to one of the rooms where the shooter began shooting.

Mr Reyes said he heard officers outside the classroom as a child in the other room called for help, adding that he believed the officer had walked away without hearing the calls for help.

“One of the students in the next class was saying, ‘Officer, we’re here. We are here,” Mr. Reyes said. “But they were already gone.”

Gustaf Kilander has more:

Sravasti DasguptaJune 8, 2022 07:00

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Families call for action and accountability after Uvalde shooting

Ahead of the House Oversight Committee meeting on Wednesday to hear stories about the impact of gun violence on families, those who lost their children in the shooting called for action and accountability.

“We have to take action and have some kind of accountability and control over what we do,” said Vincent Salazar, the grandfather of Layla Salazar, who was killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting.

Sravasti DasguptaJune 8, 2022 06:40

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Fox News host attacks Matthew McConaughey for emotional gun control plea

Fox News’ Sandra Smith poked fun at Matthew McConaughey, a native of Uvalde, Texas, after he made an emotional call for change on Tuesday in response to nearly two dozen elementary school students in his hometown.

Mistakenly describing the actor as coming from “Hollywood”, Smith, born in Chicago (who lives in New York, a Democratic Party stronghold), joked that the actor’s captivating remarks about the children killed in Uvalde were an example of “Someone from Hollywood calling to restore our family values”.

Learn more in The Independent of Graeme Massie:

John BowdenJune 8, 2022 06:20

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App allegedly used by Uvalde shooter adds new ‘security features’

Social media app Yubo said on Tuesday that the platform was adding new security features and updating its user guidelines following reports that the shooter in the elementary school mass shooting Robb in Texas allegedly used the app to send disturbing messages.

“The devastating events of May 24 in Uvalde, Texas, brought to light systemic issues in society that must be addressed,” Yubo CEO Sacha Lazimi said in a statement.

“In the days that followed, we focused on accelerating security developments in our pipeline and further expanding the scope of existing protections on our platform.

According to media reports, gunman Salvador Ramos appears to have sent messages on the app regarding his intentions regarding school violence.

Yubo representatives said the app’s risk detection policy has been updated, ABC reported.

They have also improved its user reporting capabilities and introduced audio moderation technology for live streams which they say will enable “full automatic moderation across the platform”.

Videos of Salvador Ramos have surfaced amid reports he made threats of violence, including rape, online

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Sravasti DasguptaJune 8, 2022 06:08

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Families of children injured in Uvalde school shooting file complaint

The families of four students injured in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas are suing the shooter’s estate.

A lawsuit was filed Monday by attorney Thomas J. Henry on behalf of the families in a Texas district court, ABC reported.

“This initial trial will allow us to uncover evidence and potentially add other parties to the trial, if necessary,” Mr. Henry said in a press release.

“The discovery process will focus on the school system, law enforcement, social media, and firearms and ammunition manufacturers.”

The law firm will also investigate shooter Salvador Ramos’ past to see if he had a violent history.

Additionally, Alfred Garza, the father of Amerie Jo Garza, one of the children killed in the Uvalde shooting, hired Connecticut attorneys who successfully sued the manufacturer of the gun used in the Uvalde shooting. Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

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Sravasti DasguptaJune 8, 2022 05:56

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How many Republican senators have used an AR-15?

While the mighty AR-15 rifle received increased attention following devastating shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, The Independent asked Republican senators if they had used or owned an AR-15.

Here’s what Republican senators achieved The Independent spoke about their own experiences — or lack thereof — with the powerful rifles.

Sravasti DasguptaJune 8, 2022 05:30

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