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‘This is about the guns’ – why won’t Republicans budge on guns?

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For years, Republicans have led the resistance against meaningful federal legislation on gun control

Ticker News spoke with Writer Molly Jong-Fast for her analysis on gun rights in America

Many Republicans are saying there needs to be more support for mental health, but Writer Molly Jong fast says this is being used to prevent gun legislation.

Although Biden is yet to negotiate with opposing lawmakers in the current round of talks, he believes ‘everybody’ at Capitol Hill is becoming more rational about the hot topic.

It follows U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris calling for a U.S. assault rifle ban and other measures to curb gun violence.

Many Republicans are saying there needs to be more support for mental health, but Writer Jong-Fast says this is being used to prevent gun legislation.

“Republicans are very good at manipulating Democrats. I think the Democrats have a moment here, and I hope they take it when Joe Biden went to volunteer yesterday. They were chanting, do something outside of the church, and there is an opportunity for Joe Biden to do something,” she told Ticker News.

Is the mental health conversation being used to prevent gun legislation here from the Republican point of view?

“They (Republicans) have no interest in mental health. This is not about mental health. An assault weapon ban would save lives, it would save children’s lives,”

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“This is about the guns and Republicans will make it about anything else they can.”

The writer hopes Chuck Schumer, who is the leader of the Senate, and a Democrat, would do a “filibuster cut out right now and set it up so that they could vote on an assault weapon ban.”

Jong-Fast also suggests an assault weapon ban, raising the age of of buying weapons to 21, background checks, and closing the gun show loophole, as ways to combat mass shootings.

“I mean, there’s a lot of ways to make America safer with the purchase of guns. The problem is, Republicans are really obstructionist,” she says.

“They don’t want to help pass this legislation, they’re worried that it will depress enthusiasm for the mid for their base in the midterms. And so they want to keep this going. And they know that Americans tend to forget, and that there’s a sort of United States of Amnesia phenomenon, as Gore Vidal wrote about and so they are just hoping to run out the clock.”

However, she notes that the House has passed many different gun safety bills, and have “sort of died in the Senate.”

“So I mean, this is really on Chuck Schumer’s lap.”

Jong-Fast says she doesn’t trust Mitch McConnell, after every school shooting.

“Mitch McConnell says something to the effect of we need a bipartisan agreement, and then he sort of pushes for it not to work,” she told Ticker News Host Holly Stearnes.

She says “it’s worth it for Democrats to try” as it will help America.

“America could have less children die in their schools of gun violence? I mean, this is the kind of thing that isn’t just a political calculus, it’s a human calculus.”

“Different states have allowed gun manufacturers to be sued. The idea that you couldn’t sue them before was a completely crazy I mean, in America, you tend to be able to sue most most companies for most things. So that seems like a no brainer in my mind.”

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President Joe Biden surveys catastrophic damage left by Hurricane Ian

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Many homes and businesses lay in ruins amid debris in southwestern Florida

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill visited Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian making a direct hit to the state last week.

As many homes and businesses lay in ruins amid debris, the President promised to use the power of the federal government to help the community rebuild throughout the sunshine state.

The President comforted residents alongside Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis—a possible competitor in 2024— as well as joining GOP members of Congress for a tour of some of the hardest hit areas in southwestern Florida.

However, both men agreed to put politics aside for now, instead focusing on helping the community.

Speaking in Fort Meyers, which took the brunt of Ian, Biden said, “Today we have one job and only one job, and that’s to make sure the people in Florida get everything they need to fully, thoroughly recover.”

Hurricane Ian is considered one of the post powerful storms to ever hit the United States.

So far, officials have confirmed that at least 84 people died, including 75 in Florida.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands are still wait for power to be restored.

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North Korea’s five biggest missiles

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North Korea has flown a missile over Japan for the first time in five years

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris did not mince her words when she paid a visit to the demilitarised zone last week.

“In the North, we see a brutal dictatorship, rampant human rights violations and an unlawful weapons program that threatens peace and stability,” she said.

North Korea’s latest missile launch is the latest in a string of tests following Harris’ visit.

U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida following Tuesday’s long-range missile. The pair condemned the test in the “strongest terms,” as they described it as a danger to the Japanese people.

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff from the University of Melbourne believes the threat of nuclear war has increased.

“This is clearly the time of greatest danger of nuclear war since the at least the Cuban missile crisis.”

North Korea has carried out over 30 missile tests this year, as authorities brace themselves for bigger weapon, which could reach the U.S. east coast.

in response to Tuesday’s test, South Korea and the U.S. fired a string of missiles into the East Sea.

5. The Musudan

The Musudan, or the Hwasong-10 is a medium-range ballistic missile, which has an estimated range of more than 4,000km.

The missile was first tested in October 2016 and is believed to be capable of reaching South Korea and Japan.

4. The KN-08

The KN-08 is a long-range ballistic missile, which boasts an estimated range of more than 6,000km.

While North Korea had two unsuccessful tests of this weapon in 2016, it was successfully tested in 2017.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un inspects his weaponry.

3. The Pukguksong-2

The Pukguksong-2 is a medium-range ballistic missile, which has an estimated range of more than 2,000km.

This is a land-based variant of the Pukguksong-1 weapon, which is submarine-launched.

The missile was first tested in February of 2017 and is believed to be capable of reaching South Korea and Japan.

2. The Hwasong-14

The Hwasong-14 is North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile. It is also one of their most powerful missiles, with an estimated range of more than 8,000km.

The missile was first tested in July 2017 and is believed to be capable of reaching New York.

1. The Hwasong-12

The latest missile test over Japanese territory is understood to be an intermediate-range Hwasong-12.

This ballistic missile has an estimated range of more than 4,500km, and is believed to be capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific.

The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12.

North Korea’s missile tests have risen under the rule of its current leader, Kim Jong-Un. In fact, there have been more test launches this year, than in the previous decade alone.

“If anybody thought that the risk of nuclear war went away with the end of the Cold War, then these current concerns should put an end to any such complacency.”

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, the University of Melbourne

There are also a range of other weapons in the North Korean inventory, including a nuclear bomb, which is believed to be six times bigger than what the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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Rolls Royce CEO slams aviation for failing on climate targets

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Aviation needs to act on net-zero targets, that’s according to the CEO of Rolls Royce

Warren East says the sector needs to move towards bio-fuels like hydrogen and electric aircraft.

Travellers can even look forward to flying on planes that has a gas turbine that’s burning hydrogen.

Speaking at a conference in London, East says transitional technology is the answer that plane-makers are searching for.

Some companies are already looking at sustainable fuels that can offer 80 per cent off carbon emissions across their lifetime.

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