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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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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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Black box from Nepal plane disaster to be sent to Singapore

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The black box recovered from the January 15 Nepal plane crash in Nepal is being sent to Singapore for analysis

The aim will be to identify the cause of the Yeti Airlines crash that killed all 72 people on board.

Both the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder will be examined by experts at Singapore’s Transportation Safety Investigation Bureau.

A government committee is still looking into the cause of the plane disaster.

It was initially suggested the black box be taken to France where the aircraft was manufactured, but Nepalese authorities decided to send it to Singapore.

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