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right... ( horn blaring ) unfortunate that major league baseball caved to the cancel culture and quite honestly president biden and stacey abrams and other people are simply lying about this bill. it's really a sad day for major league baseball. >> it is really probably the first of many boycotts of our state to come. people are making decisions not to come to our state. >> you have an opinion as to when the restraint of mr. floyd should have ended in this enkouptder? >> yes. >> what is it? >> when mr. floyd was no longer
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offering up any resistance to the officers they could have ended the restraint. >> while we believe a fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, cdc is not recommending travel at this time. >> don't let the vaccines and the sunny spring weather give us a false sense that we are in the clear because we are not. i'm pamela brown in washington. welcome to the viewers in the united states and around the world. you are in the cnn newsroom on this saturday. an amazing benchmark. over the past day the u.s. administered more than 4 million doses of covid-19 vaccine, that is a record and it brings the 7-day average to more than 7 million doses a day but the cdc says hospitalization rates are starting to tick up and some areas after weeks of decline. cnn's evan mcmorrison-santo ro
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joins me from new york city. i see behind you there, evan, seems like people are out and about. >> reporter: i can show you better than tell you. this is times square on a saturday. frankly, it looks like times square on a saturday. which is actually pretty crazy because not that long ago this place right now was pretty desolate and people staying inside, not coming out. as you can see people feel like they're safe to come out again. there are a couple reasons for that. seeing the weather heat up. two, the vaccinations are going very well here in new york. we have a report today 10 million doses of the vaccine administered in new york suns the vaccination program began. currently 1 in 5 new yorkers is now fully vaccinated, a number expected to go up soon because
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starting tuesday anyone over 16 can get a vaccine. obviously that's good news but as you mentioned some of these crowds, stuff we are seeing is not recommended yet. dr. fauci was on cnn earlier today talking about the vaccine and what it means for the future. >> i can't give you a day or a week but i can tell you as we get more data showing that it is going to be extremely unlikely that people transmit it you will see recommendations that people are not going to have to wear mask. they're not there yet but getting there. same way with the travel. saying now you can travel. whether you travel you don't have to get tested before and after except if your destination demands that. you don't have to quarantine coming back from a situation so more and more you will start seeing the advantages of getting vaccinated. >> reporter: dr. fauci saying there getting a vaccine, signing
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up, the best thing you can do to help keep the virus in check and get back to normal life. we are seeing in new york other signs of normalcy. i'm in the theater district. today two broadway stars did a quick event for about 100 people. just showing the first time we have seen people inside a broadway theater since march 12th, 2020, when broadway closed. the sign today that a few people went into a theater, sit down and enjoy a big sign to new york that maybe normalcy is around the corner if people get the vaccines and stick by the rules, pam. >> if. that's the emphasis there. it is encouraging to see signs of life coming back to the area. evan, thank you so much. meantime the governor of georgia a republican is
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insisting that the entire country is being lied to about georgia's voting law and lashed out at major league baseball today for the decision to move the 2021 all-star game to somewhere other than georgia. it's a direct response to that state's new sweeping election law that critics say makes it more difficult for minorities to vote. the governor says the opposite is true. >> the election integrity act expands access to the polls. and ensures the integrity of the ballot box. then why did mlb move the all-star game yesterday? because joe biden and stacey abrams have spent days lying to georgians and the american people. >> natasha chen is in atlanta for us. how do other officials and georgia voters feel about this move? >> reporter: pamela, let's start with the people standing with
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governor kemp today at that press conference. he was flanked by both state and federal lawmakers applauding him for not wavering on this voting law, applauding him for denouncing what he calls this ka cancel culture that mlb intent to the left and pro-athletes and others congratulating mlb to relocate the all-star game. talking to people just walking past the park we heard from a neighbors who said he fully agrees with governor kemp and said it is unfortunate that the local businesses lose out on the revenue from this game. that particular issue of local businesses hurt shared by everyone but these couple of young voters told me they understand where mlb is coming from here. >> i think they made the right decision for them. just like i said it is disappointing that it affects
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local businesses, fans, people that would have come into the city and provided the city of atlanta with more revenue and more traffic just to see how much it's grown within the last five years alone. >> it could have like a long-term effect, especially if bigger companies decide to pull from georgia because the laws aren't moving in the right direction. >> reporter: when governor kemp asked today about a potential snowball effect with other businesses pulling out of georgia he said he'll stand up and fight and doubling down here. as far as the lost revenue, we are in cobb county, the travel and tourism told us that they estimate a loss of more than $100 million in revenue from not having this game played here. >> $100 million. all right. natasha chen, thank you so much. the u.s. capitol building
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endured another violent attack when a man drove a car into a barricade yesterday outside the building. a capitol police officer was killed and tragically another was killed. william "billy" evans was a 18-year veteran of the house. house speaker nancy pelosi is calling him a martyr noting that he was a father of two. right now flags at the capitol are flying at half staff in his honor and months after capitol police officer sicknick died after being injured in the january 6 insurrection and two others died after the insurrection by suicide. cnn's pete maunteen is live at the capitol. >> reporter: they're digging into the past of 25-year-old noah green and what might have inspired him to make the attack yesterday and what's so interesting is the social media
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posts. we found an account and he makes posts in the days leading up to yesterday's attack. the first one said i've suffered food poisonings and operations and mind control and the second post shows the head of the nation of islam and the text says the u.s. government is the enemy of black people and then terrible afflictions by the cia presumably and the fbi and green went to christopher newport university not far from here. a 2019 graduate, where he played football and a pretty good athlete but a bit quiet and the head of department of homeland security said there's much to unravel in this investigation and the fortress around the capitol is more fortified all the time and see that black fencing behind me. this is getting more fortified
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all the time. so chances is being taken with security. 2,300 members of the national guard are here guarding the capitol, pamela. >> pete, thank you so much for the latest there. coming up, i'll talk to congresswoman sheila jackson lee. plus, overnight two mass shootings and 22 just since the atlanta spa shooting. nicole hochuli who lost her young son in the sandy hook shootings joins me. when we come back, yours heard powerful testimony against the fired minneapolis police officer accused of killing george floyd. we'll break it down with retired los angeles police sergeant dorsey and the defense attorney who represented george zimmerman in his trial, mark o'meara. stay with us.
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where the murder trial of fired minneapolis police officer derek chauvin began this week. it was hours of emotional and potentially damaging witness testimony. cnn's josh campbell has more from minneapolis. >> reporter: the family of george floyd kneeling in protest monday. just hours before testimony would begin in the trial of derek chauvin, the former police officer accused of murdering their loved ones. prosecutors started with the video of chauvin kneeling on floyd's neck which they say killed him. >> you can believe you eyes that it's a homicide, murder. >> reporter: chauvin's attorney argued the video doesn't tell the whole story, that floyd died of an underlying heart condition and -- >> the fentanyl and methamphetamine and adrenaline in his body.
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>> reporter: charles mcmillian pleading with floyd to give in to police. >> i feel helpless. i don't have a mama either. i understand him. >> reporter: also heard for the first time seasons the againing of the trial, chauvin himself on police body camera footage as he defends the treatment to floyd. >> got to control this guy because he's a sizable guy. >> i told him to get in the car. >> probably on something. >> reporter: the strongest testimony for the prosecution came from members of the minneapolis police department. sergeant david ploege re was a supervising officer on duty asked if chauvin followed police protocol. >> do you have an opinion as to when the restraint of mr. floyd should have ended in this encounter? >> yes. >> what is it? >> when mr. floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to
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the officers. they could have ended their restraint. >> that was after he was handcuffed and on the ground and no longer resisting? >> correct. >> reporter: the heard from police veteran richard zimmerman who testified it was totally unnecessary for chauvin to kneel on floyd's neck after he was handcuffed calling it deadly use of force. >> once you handcuff somebody doesn't that affect the amount of force that you should consider using? >> absolutely. >> how so? >> once a person is cuffed, the threat level goes down. >> reporter: chauvin's attorney attempted to undermine zimmerman's credible saying that he is a detective not a patrol officer. >> not within your normal role or job duties to do such a use of force analysis, right? >> that's correct. >> reporter: a common emotion emerged from some of the
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eyewitnesses. remorse. christopher martin was the cashier that suspected floyd handed him a fake $20 bill, an interaction that initiated the police response. the teenager asked what he now feels about the encounter. >> disbelief and guilt. >> okay. why guilt? >> if i would have just not tooken the bill this could have been avoided. >> reporter: one thing we noticed from inside the dr courtroom is the jury is paying close attention, taking notes. no doubt aware of the gravity of this trial that's watched around the world. josh campbell, cnn, minneapolis. >> our thanks to josh. joining me is criminal defense attorney mark o'meara. and retired lapd sgtd which i recall dorsey with a new book out called "black and blue."
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thank you both so much for coming on for this conversation. i want to start with another piece of testimony from the top homicide police department at the minneapolis police department describing the responsibility of a police officer once you have someone in handcuffs. >> if you as an officer according to the training, you handcuff somebody behind the back, what's your responsibility with regard to that moment from that moment on? >> that person is yours. he's your responsibility. his safety is your responsibility. his well-being. and is your responsibility. >> what do you think, mark, how damning was that witness testimony there? >> i think very much so. the state did a good job of laying out the case and remember it is like building a house. you lay good, deep footers and put down a slab and then the
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brick around and doing with each witness and piece of evidence is laying that out and doing an excellent job because it is after all their case to bring in the humanity, the emotions of it and now they have shifted from the people on scene, his girlfriend, things like that, to the people who really will convince a jury what should have happened and that's law enforcement. when you have a law enforcement officer saying it's his responsibility or it should have stopped or this continuum of force that cops are allowed to use, don't forget, they don't use more force than the rest of us but that continuum has to drop right back down to the minimal amount necessary and when he is in cuffs, resistance is over and that's the opposite 0 of what chauvin did. >> we should mention that we are trying to get sergeant dorsey
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back. mark, talking about what you were just saying, he went on to call chauvin's neck restraint excess and so did the former supervisor. how much weight do these moments from the colleagues carry in a trial like this? >> it's enormous because when you think about what the defense has to do, if they're going to get the reasonable doubt, find the reasonable doubt to avoid a conviction, they will find it in the nuances so they find it in then certainties that is that chauvin must have been thinking so what they do is try to present that he didn't know what exactly to do. they started off with the angry mob. i thought that was very poor maneuver by the defense because they weren't angry but concerned yet what they have to do is explain away in the heat of the moment, the adrenaline flowing both in chauvin, as well, there was some explanation other than
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this intent to kill that seems so obvious to a layperson's view of that 9:30. >> okay. mark o'meara, thank you for coming on and sharing your perspective on this. kicking into high gear, the cdc says 4 million doses of coronavirus vaccines put into american arms in just one day. i'll speak to dr. william shaftner about that and the new travel guidelines, up next. whoo-hoo! great tasting ensure with 9 grams of protein, 27 vitamins and minerals, and nutrients to support immune health.
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director of cdc choking up expressing a sense of impending doom and ended with the cdc saying fully vaccinated americans can resume traveling at low personal risk. the u.s. set a record yesterdays of delivering more than 4 million doses of vaccine but some areas like michigan are seeing surges that some experts call alarming right now. joining me with more is an infectious disease professor, dr. shaftner. what is the current state of play right now in this pandemic and the race to vaccinate? it seems like it's a mixed bag. >> you can call it a mixed bag. i call it a point of transition. we are indeed vaccinating more and more people all the time. that's great. we're running that race. but so is the virus. the virus is running its race at the same time. so it's hard for us the average person to keep two thoughts in our minds at the same time.
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we are getting vaccinated, good. i'm getting protection but i also still have to wear my mask? be careful and do social distancing? yes. that's what we're asking people to do for just a little bit longer so that the vaccine can actually win this race and get there ahead of the virus. >> we want the vaccine to win, that's for sure. we just heard from dr. fauci last hour. he promises normal is coming but we need to hang on. l let's listen. >> we say it over and over again and need the local people, the governors and the mayors and others to be able to say we are not out of it yet. people say you want to confine us forever. no. this is not going to last forever because every day that you get 4 million, 3 million people vaccinated, you get closer and closer to controlled. what we are seeing is double
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down. just hang in there a bit longer and the vaccine and the vaccinations of people in this country are going to override the surge of the virus why there's no doubt. >> so as you heard there, he is urging local officials to hang on and get the message out that we're not out of the woods yet but what you were seeing in many states across the country is sort of the opposite rolling back mask mandates and what is your reaction to that? >> of course i'm concerned about that because we are hoping that local leaders will instruct actually lead the people in their constituencies whether it's a state or a city or a county to actually hang in there with the rest of us. we can get this done if we all do it together and we will get there faster with less damage if we keep wearing the masks while we get vaccinated.
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that makes good sense to us. i know it's kind of hard for people to keep the notions in the head at the same time but hang in there with us. >> but it's a bottom line. look no further than what's going on in europe and what's going on right now in michigan. that's where it seems like the v varia variants are really hitting hard. more younger adults in the hospital. how concerned should we be that that's the harbinger of what's to come in the rest of the country? >> many places are already seeing slight increases? not to the extent of michigan but we are to reach out to people younger than 65, middle age and younger adults, recognizing that they don't stand the same chance of become seriously ill as do older
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persons but can be dreaded spreaderings, vector, can spread the variants amongst themselves and to older people and then they can get sick. >> important message there. thank you so much, doctor. >> thank you, pamela. old wounds reopen on capitol hill and security tightens after the second deadly attack in just three months. i'll speak to congresswoman lee up next. you are live in the cnn newsroom. we'll be right back. this month alone. because we believe everybody deserves a chance. see what scholarships you may qualify for if you have obstructive sleep apnea and you're often tired during the day, you could be missing out on amazing things. sunosi can help you stay awake for them. once daily sunosi improves wakefulness in adults with excessive daytime sleepiness due to obstructive sleep apnea.
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months after the deadly insurrection at the u.s. capitol a second violent attack on capitol grounds yesterday shook washington, d.c. a suspect ramming his car into a barricade. capitol police officer william evans a 18-year veteran of the force lost his life in the attack and another officer was
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injured. an awful reminder that the nation's capitol and those that work there are still under threat. congresswoman sheila jackson lee of texas joins me now. thank you for coming on. thankfully you and many other members of congress with respect on capitol hill yesterday but staffers were and others but what went through your mind adds you watched the attack play out? >> i'm offering my deepest sympathy to the family of officer evans and let them though how much we appreciated the service he gave to the nation and we pray for them during this very difficult time. the one thing i know is that our staff who were there, many of them, felt very secure by the quite capitol police. they made sure that they were safe and locked the doors so we know that we have a very fine force that needs a lot of help and obviously what went through my mind was the fact that there
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will be lone wolves and others, we don't know how many other interacting with conspiracies and wanting to test the security of the nation, frankly, with two or three or one. we are not safe after the toxicity of january 6th. of course promoted by the former president of the united states. what he did is say to those persons that this perimeter, this citadel of democracy was vulnerable. we have to show them that it is not and i believe we need to get working expeditiously. >> of course we are still learning more about the motivation behind this attacker from yesterday. given the realities and obviously as you well know on the homeland security committee there's threats but do you feel safe working on capitol hill? >> i like to say that i'm not afraid. frankly i believe that the capitol police are doing and
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would do everything they can and could do to protect us. let me tell you what we need do do is move quickly on general honore's recommendation which indicated some defaults and failures of january 6th beside the facts of insurrections coming with the idea that the election was stolen. we need to improve intelligence gathering and intelligence communication. we need at least 800 to 1,000 new police officers and this is protect the police officers. we need a crisis team. we need a team that is mounted patrol. and, yes, in spite of the partisan response, we need to have a national guard crisis team that is available for the officers and others to call as appropriately needed. and we don't need to delay. we don't need to put this in a
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partisan posture. we need to put it in a posture of protecting the citadel of democracy, the united states of america. >> it is worth noting that yesterday it appeared that the national guard did deploy much more quickly than what we saw on january 6th but i want to switch gears to talk more about the election, frankly, and the big election lie and what we see across the country with -- in these republican legislatures, the texas state senate advanced a bill with provisions placing new restrictions on the voting process particularly for people living in densely populated counties. republicans have said that the bill is about election security and integrity. what do you say? >> pamela, i am on the judiciary committee, as well, and our urgent actions in the next couple to weeks to work hard to
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push forward the john robert lewis voting rights act. needs to be a number of hearings. the bill that deals with the practicalities of voting in days that one could vote as well, different procedures for voting moving to the senate. i'm so saddened by sore losers and individuals who -- bought boo the big lie and i understand that these legislatures all republican driven by the co constituents. i wish i could say any time you have an election under this democratic process some people win, some people lose. who knows who will win in the next election? i think this idea of putting forth this legislation is oppressing, suppressing the vote but also has a tone of racial attitudes because so many people of color voted. i for one am going to say that every opportunity to let americans vote i as a member of the united states congress will
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be supporting but i also will stand against this horrific wave of seemingly legislation that has a tinge of racism and as well disparities in the fact that when certain populations vote all of a sudden one needs to correct the voting system. i think we need federal laws for voting but i think to give everyone safe and legal way to vote. that's what happened in 2020. so we'll have to just vote the federal laws in. i think we need to move as quickly as we can to the united states senate an unput these laws on the desk of the president of the united states because america has to be a beak con of light to the world and that's a democracy that allows people to vote and decisions rendered peacefully. >> right. as you know, there just aren't the vote there is with the filibuster in place for that legislation to pass. but, congresswoman, of course, this is something to continue to be discussing.
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thank you so much for coming on the show. >> thank you for having me and we may have to deal with the filibuster and may i say go cougars? go cougars! >> thank you so much. >> thank you. meantime, overnight shootings in north carolina and alabama left several people dead. there have been nearly two dozen shootings since the rampage in atlanta. i'll speak to nicole hochuli, her son dylan died in the sandy hook mass shootings and since then she's fought for gun reform. m..." you have 100 days to change your mind. that's the visionworks difference. visionworks. see the difference. [♪] life is busy, and sometimes odors can sneak up on you. for a convenient life hack. try febreze unstopables fabric refresher. with 2 times the scent power of regular febreze, unstopables fabric finds, neutralizes and eliminates tough odors trapped in hard-to-wash fabrics,
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america's spate of gun
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violence continued in the morning hows today. in north carolina three people are dead including a 16-year-old and four wounded after gun fire at a house party. authorities are still trying to identify suspects. nobody is in custody but police have determined the public is not in danger. then in alabama a shootinging outside of a bar before 3:00 a.m. two suspects have been arrested and charged with attempted murder. five people were transported to the hospital for gunshot wounds including one of the suspects. with this latest violence overnight america suffered at least 22 mass shootings since the atlanta spa attacks that left eight people dead. these are defined by four or more casualties excludeing the shooter. more than one picture day across the country as you can see here on this map. in 2020 many americans spent the
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year in lockdown, gatherings of people more scarce and this might -- you might think that that would have led to a down turn in gun violence but the opposite happened. we saw more than 600 mass shootings in 2020. the most in five years but those mass shootings accounted for a fraction of all the gun deaths in america. the gun violence archive research group said more than 19,000 people killed in the u.s. in 2020. the most in two decades. if you add in suicides but gun the total eclipses 43,000. that means more than 100 people are dying from guns every single day. in america. while the debate over assault weapons and the discussion of preventing mass shootings are parts of stopping this plague they're the tip of the iceberg. immediately after the boulder shooting president biden promised quick action, not the
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first president to do so, for the record he has yet to introduce legislation or sign an executive order on guns even though right now you can go to the campaign website and see the dozens of gun control initiatives he promises to enact as president. in congress the house passed background bills and now languishing in the senate. just this year the u.s. has already suffered more than 10,000 gun violence deaths. how many more thousands of americans will die before more is done to break the cycle? nicole hochuli joins me now from newtown, connecticut. she lost her son dylan in the 2012 sandy hook school shooting and she is the co-founder of the sandy hook promise group that works to end gun violence. thank you for coming on,
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biden has yet to send a gun control bill to congress. he signed dozens of executive orders but zero dealing with guns so far a couple months into his administration. he says his presidency is about timing. do you think the time is now for him to act on guns? >> well, i do think the time is now. as you said, so many people, more people have died last year than the previous year or the year before that, and they continue to die every day. every day in the united states we have 100 people die, and another 200 that are wounded or injured as a result of gun violence. those are astonishing numbers and, sadly, those numbers continue to grow. i understand president biden's approach to timing. the covid pandemic is, has to be the number one priority. and i understand he is putting the time into infrastructure as well. and i think, you know, president biden was with us in 2013 when we tried to pass we'll be right backs background checks then. that means it has to be bipartisan. you have to have enough votes and that means more and more
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conversations have to happen with republican senators. but i do believe that this will happen this year and then we can celebrate that we will be saving lives for the future. >> so you do believe it will happen this year. what makes you believe that? what gives you hope? >> you know, i always have hope. but at the end the day, the reason i have the most hope about the background checks bill, what we were facing eight years ago when i was lobbying for this is a very different country right now. there are more people in this movement than ever before. there are more deaths than ever before. there are more polls suggesting that, you know, the numbers have increased. it was still the majority of people last eight years ago that wanted background checks, but now it's between 90 and 97% of everyone who has researched on this that want this sensible measures. there is a more pressure and consideration about it. this used to be the third rail that no one wanted to talk about. now it's part of everyday life.
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the problem, while there is more support and movement, there is more gun sales, more gun deaths than ever before. i think it's time for people to stop responding to polls and really contact their senators now. those phone calls, emails, and letters to your senators do make a difference and so don't just respond to a poll. put the pressure on them. they need to do the right thing and i believe this is the year for that to happen. >> and you see after each mass shooting there is a lot of coverage, everyone's talking about it, both sides talk about it, and then it sort of dies down until the next mass shooting, which is one of the reasons we wanted to have you on and to do this segment because it's still something that inflicts -- that is a plague in this country. i mean, as i mentioned, there were two mass shootings overnight. you know, for you, this is more than just wanting to stop mass shootings. it's personal. and we are sitting here right now having this conversation and after we have it more people will die from gun viacom.
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how do you get that message through to more people that, hey, this could impact you. this could impact your family member. >> you know, it's really -- no one wants to think about that until it's too late. i never thought gun violence would affect me until my son was murdered in his first grade classroom. i am sure that the people in atlanta or boulder didn't think going to a spa or going to a grocery store they were going to end up with their lives taken from them or damaged. and the communities as well. when i think about 9-year-old matthew who died in orange, california, this year, you have to think about this could be your child. this could be your mother, father, aunt, uncle going about their business, going to a movie theater, going to a house of worship, going to the grocery store, going to school and not coming home because they are killed in an act of preventible gun violence. if you can just imagine that for a moment and feel that pain, then you are not going to allow
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this to go away and wait for the next mass shooting to happen and more headlines and more thoughts and prayers and demanding action. it's past time for that. we can't demand action anymore. we need to expect action. we need to make that action happen. >> nicole hawkley, thank you so much for coming on, lending your voice to this conversation. >> thank you. we'll be right back. infused with natural essential oils into a mist. to awaken your home with an experience you can see, smell, and feel. it's air care, redefined. air wick essential mist. connect to nature. it's game time, let's meet the defending champs. g. hargrave thomas, point guard. bryce matthias, forward. kim kietz, investor. oh, i invested in invesco qqq. a fund that invests in the innovations of the nasdaq-100. like next gen 3d rendering software. you don't have to be an advanced graphics architect to help realize a more vibrant future. become an agent of innovation with invesco qqq.
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hunter biden is promoting his soon to be released memoir called beautiful things and it explores his struggles with addiction, battles with grief and his relationship with his family. gabe bennett joins us now from washington. you got an early copy of the book. what stood out to you on the first read? >> many things, pam, including a brutal honesty that he did discusses his addictions and struggles and something else that is important. the president, joe biden, was involved in helping his son get better through the decades. i think one thing we know about addiction is it's the great equalizer. if you have a family member who is struggling, you feel vulnerable and powerless. i am going to read an excerpt here from the book. it's a time when then-president biden goes to hunter who has holed himself in his apartment and he is drinking. he knocks on the door. he writes, he looked aghast at
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what he saw who said he told his dad he was fine. i know you're not fine, hunter, he said, studying me, scanning the apartment. you need help. dad saved me when he knocked on my door, he jolted me out of whatever state i was in and saved me by making me want to save myself. left on my own, i was certain i would not have survived. that was dad. he never let me forget that all was not lost. now, unfortunately, that period of sobriety itdid not last that long and certainly the struggles have been there for many years. this shows this is still a family, this is a president that has been through a lot. a lot of tragedy. they show a lot of compassion to one another. >> all right. kate bennett, thank you so much. ♪ i'm pamela brown in washington. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. you are in the cnn newsroom on this saturday. thank you for joining us. and tonight our


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