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on america tonight. lit up. techers would be election night in the nation's capitol, but did the party start too early? how d.c.'s unique status changed the picture of legalized pot. >> why is this important. >> because uh i feel very strongly about it. when you see the racial disparity, then you see the human rights violations of it. >> on legalized marijuana in washington, d.c. and why it is not high times quite yet. also ahead, getting a bang out of their vacation.
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how earthquake many's island paradise became the target for gun tourists. >> what do you offer tourists. >> safe and fun experience. >> adam may found reason for worry. >> do you have concerns that these are operating lawfully? >> well, i called one, and asked them what was the age requirements, and they said oh, we don't have one america tonight in democrat on gun tourism, and more than 150 years after his death at gettysburg, an american hero gets the nation's highest military honor, story behind the celebration and the woman who led the fight to get alonso curbing his due. >>
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it is a story that might confirm your very worst suspicions. things do work differently inside, case in point, d.c. voters past a recreation that. the initiatives in oregon and alaska, but any parting here may be premature. america tonight now explains why, and whey opponents of legalized pot here are galvanized by different concerns. whats with your initial reaction. >> as an assistant marshal, michael fog might seem like an unlikely advocate, but he says the new law that
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allow uhs possession of two-ounces is doing more than just grabbed people legal access to drugs. >> why is this important to you? >> because i feel very strongly about it within when you see the racial disparities then you see the human rights violates of it, racially it has devastated the whole community. >> a recent study found blacks in washington, d.c. are eight times more likely than whys to be arrested for marijuana, they made up 91% of marijuana arrests in 2010. fog who says law enforcement should stay out of drug uh issues says this is a step in the right direction let's try to make the best of it, you aren't going to stop it, all you are going to do is continue to create a market, so let's look to a way that we can best take advantage of it, the idea that marijuana legalization is a civil rights issue is one thing that has made the
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debate different. >> in states like washington and colorado, propossibilitiesa that it is a safer alternative to alcohol. s in nation's capitol, will jones isn't happy with the d.c. marijuana campaign. >> their poster said things like legalization ends discrimination. and that's to me that's borderline insulting to say that. because marijuana is legal discrimination will gone. so much of a epa doer issue, that is that needs to be addressed. >> jones heads up the group two is enough uh, he says to things alcohol and tobacco, are enough for the city. and legalized marijuana will only make things worse. >> i don't understand why
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as a city we're trying to legitimize something that can be so harmful, to individuals. the message we should be doing is seeing how many people can we keep away from this, how many people can we keep from going down this past. >> jones says he watch add friend and a few relatives with promising futures lose their drive and motivation after getting hooked on getting high. >> it's so sad, because the thing -- it's a recreational drug, it isn't something that you have to do. opponents like jones have some hope. a unique federal oversight process requires congress to weigh in before the law can take effect. but that can take some time, election results must first be certified by the city, before the legislation is transferred to congress for a review period of 30 days. at least one republican congressman is vowed to fight the law, but despite his threats and the new republican led congress, fox says he is
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confident it will get the go ahead and the war on drugs will be closer to going away. >> if that's what the people want to do, that's their decision, we as policy makers shouldn't be getting caught up in that. realizing that we can't stop it. it is a war that you can't win. >> for now uh, both fog and jones can only wait for the political process that could still be months before there's any outcome. al jazeera, washington. >> pot busts as a civil rights issue, a very d.c. issue uh, the american civil liberties has -- sema, your group has looked really glandularl inside the district, and what did you find. we looked at ten years of data, what we found is despite michael populations despite michael usage
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rates black people made up 91% of more than 5,000 arrests every year from marijuana related offenses. it amounted to a selective enforcement. >> and it wasn't just the arrests but the access, it allows officers in many cases to approach potential suspects. >> that's exactly right. our efforts around decriminalization of marijuana really stemmed from reports in the community that folks were being stopped because of the odor of marry wingeing was being used as a pretext, and so this became the first racial justice oriented marijuana reform movement in the country. >> this haws brought together some unusual bedfellows. >> that's right. last week we had ten baptist ministers and their churches come forward and say in a really unprecedented move, no we don't condone
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marijuana use but we must end marijuana prohibition, that means reinvestment in many of the institutions that have been defunded. >> but this legalization, that question was asked does legalization guarantee you that these disparities will be alleviated. >> well, i think that legalization is a necessary step. truss enforcement today is largely focused on marijuana, and so legalization take as huge bite out of the population that's being filters into the prison system and in d.c. that means a plaque on the black community. >> if there's disparity, which there's evidence of, is the focus wrong on just legalization, when it maybe should be focused on who is doing the arrest. >> we have to reform our police practices. many of those practices are a product of the war on drugs and the bias that really fuels that is
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a product of our history of racism. that will take quite a long time to change. in the meantime, if we are criminalizing something, we are locking up people, it isn't making us safer than we need to ask yourselves whether or not this is a good use of our resouses. >> thank you very much for joining us from the a.c.l.a. program manager there. mesh tonight began a groundbreaking report last year, and in following up through the year, we have seen many more voices join in the call for justice for survivors and due process for those accused. over the next week, we will return to campus and see what has changed since we question gang our look at campus is ex-crime, and what is seen now as the most effective way to stop it. >> it is friday night, home coming weekend at the university of kansas. and the parties just
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getting started. but not everyone is out to party. this is rebecca, not her real name, a 19-year-old k.u. sophomore, says her world changed last fall, when a guy she had met on campus raped her. i tried to push him off, but i was so weak, because of how intoxicated i was. >> a review of campus is ex-crime cases at nearly 130 schools across the nation, found victimizers rarely face expunge. >> we saw the expose say last year, about the cases. >> did you know that title 9 was something that could be applied at universities could be held responsible. >> i had never even heard of title nine before. i was one of those people that thought it will never happen to me. >> there is on all of us
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to fight campus sexual assault. >> since america tonight aired last year, there's been a growing backlash of the handling of sexual assaults. >> that stain stays on those boys records for the rest of their lives. >> the campus of auburn university, is where the college dream school turns into a nightmare. the rumor mill was turning and at 1 point i was standing in line at chick-fil-a, and i heard did you hear about that josh strange guy, he rape add girl. >> honestly i thought i was going to be sick, i thought i was going to be sick. >> so inside that building that's where you were raped. >> right. >> according to 2008 stud uhdy, one in five girls is sexually assaulted at high school. >> my stomach just sank. you know, and i thought, there's got to be a voice for her, this cannot be swept under the rug. >> in a move that shocked
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rachel and her family, the school decided to punish her for public lewd uhness, and forced her to attend this alternative disciplinary school, along with her accuse attacker. >> would you say you uh were punished then for reporting an assault? >> yes. i think at this point, secondary schools are probably about ten years behind college campuses. laura dun is a survivor of sexual violence on campus. let's talk about this year, do you see signs of real change, progress, in dealing -- and particularly we see more young women on college campuses being able to report. >> absolutely, and that's the biggest sign of progress. sexual violent is most underreported crime in the country. for more people to come forward to file complaints is part of that major shift, we do siakam puss here and there taking a real lead.
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being outspoken about the issue, but there are still many things that need to be fixed. >> the administration has said that it is more focused on this, vice president biden has been a leading voice, the department of education has says that it is focused on these complaints that come from cases on campus, but do you see that this is really active interest and enforcement, when we haven't seen any schools lose funding. >> absolutely. i am one of several student survivors who have gone on to be activist whose are absolutely critical to the depression of education, the list of schools has been growing, and 87 plus and yet we still haven't seen any consequences they are obviously found to be non-compliant, but given some agreement to inch prove their practices that's not enough, we are past the time of giving second chances. we need to have a cost to sexual violence. when schools get hit in the pocketbook, the thing
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they care about the most that's when change happened. it's not just enough to get a title mind coordinator, you have to handle the case cases and e justice to the survivor whose are speaking out. >> no school, no university has lost title nine. >> never. >> no matter how many we have seen investigates. the other thing we have looked do, is sexual assault at the high school level. this is just so shocking and it is beyond our comprehension to think that young women, women that young, should be subject to this and not find that support absolutely, one of the key survivors is jeda, not only was she sexually assault uhed it was tweeted and she had to fight back publicly, saying this is me, this is my life you are mocking and making fun
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of, and to this date there is not even a prosecution in her case. we see high school survivors speaking out, and yet, there is no system there for them, so we aren't just failing at the school level, we are failing in the criminal justice system, who normally happenled these cases it is really a top down problem in this country and i am hoping question coach kids about consent, but we have our league systems who are meant to deal with this, step up to the plate. they can't keep dismissing these, they have to find a way to get justice. >> laura dunn, appreciate your being back with us, we will look forward to reporting more, our series one year later, begins monday here on america tonight. and where we begin on this, this weekend a second look at our original is ex-crimes on campus reports that's coming up this sunday an 7:
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30 when we return, when a vacation in paradise become as real blast. and when critics warn parents should think twice. >> i wish they would with do a better job of parenting, i think that's a wrong message, that they want to do that, and that they are glorifying firearms. >> later in the program, the simple wish of the american dream, a home of their own. and the invisible investors who stole it away. >> saturday on tech know. a brutal killing. a thorough investigation. >> we're pushing the envelope. >> but this is no ordinary c.s.i. >> what went on right before that animal died? >> hunting the hunter. >> we're gonna take down the bad guys. >> solving the crime. >> we can save species. >> tech know's team of experts show you how the miracles of science. >> this is my selfie, what can you tell me about my future? >> can affect and surprise us. >> don't try this at home. >> tech know, where technology meets humanity.
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on vacation we tend to do things we wouldn't do at home, sometimes try out something we couldn't, or wouldn't dare do in our every day live which is explained the appeal of an increasingly popular tourist attraction in the nation's island paddies america tonight found critics warning of serious risks of gun fun in the sun. it is paradise on earth. waikiki beach. where suffers catch a wave, and some tourists -- fire guns. >> every day on streets in front of high end stores travelers are hanking fliers offering the chance to fire guns.
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>> at gun ranges located right next to luxury shopping malls and hotels. what do you offer these tourists. >> safe and fun shooting experience. it is gun tourism and it's growing. last year, time magazine calmed hawaii ground zero for gun tourism. there are now four private gun clubs within half a mile. and according to the rifle association, an estimated nine out of ten at the shooting ranges are japanese. and critics say gun range owners are not too eager to be struck with their customers. >> do you have concerns that these are operating lawfully. >> i called one, and
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asked this emwhat was the age requirement. and i was shocked. >> is leading gun control advocate, alarmed by the lack of regulations for children, at gun ranges. and pictures like this, featuring kids and guns. on the wall at the shooting club. >> there's just something innately wrong with that. that -- children don't have the development of their brain, to really know even what it means children under 16 can handle guns but they have to be accompanied by an adult. >> children can come here to shoot as long as they are 140-centimeters in height, or forefoot seven. >> kurt is the head instructor. he is says they have height restrictions for kids. and that's enough to pass
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legal muster. >> more than likely they are restricted from shooting anything strong, we will usually just let them shoot the 22 calibers. >> why is that? >> for safety. what we tend to do is start off somebody with the smallest caliber, and then from there the instructor will judge to see whether they can handle something bigger than that. >> are you fully compliant with the laws here in hawaii? >> yes. we have to keep that held in. >> allowing children to fire assault weapons can have deadly consequences. evidence in two recent videos that went viral. a nine-year-old accidentally killed her shooting instructor. when she lost control of the weapon. and in 2008, an eight tier yield died after shooting himself in the head with a sub machine gun at a gun fair. >> dud you see the guns that are offered at these ranges?
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yeah, they are using assault weapons and that is exactly what happened with the little girl that shot the instructor, she has much too powerful a gun then her size, and weight, and lack of training were able to handle. >> so there's two type of handguns the first one is the semiautomatic. >> instructors insist their operation is safe. they took me through their gun training course. >> to the people that come in and try this, do they like this? >> it is easier to shoot a revolver, if you are shooting a semiautomatic, you will get a recall from the bullet and slide. yeah, a lot of peep find it easier to shoot this. >> it may be surprising that gun tourism is flourishing in hawaii, after all, the state has a reputation for strict gun control.
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the grandmother whose family managing a small golf course in honolulu was once called the most dangerous woman in america. by the national rifle association. how would you uh describe hawaii's gun law uhs. >> well, actually we have been the perfect lab, because we don't have any contiguous states and so all the gun legislation that we have passed here is watched very carefully by the national rifle association. and they know pun intended they send their big guns out here every time there's some issue on our legislative slate. >> has personally talked to you. >> oh, he sits right next to me, trying to talk sense into me, my husband could tell you that's a wasted effort. >> she uses humor to cope with a personal tragedy. her son michael was killed 31 years ailed, by a suspect she calls a gun nut. >> and the man who murdered him was a
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lifetime member of the nra, and a lifetime member of the hawaii rifle association. and he went out to the gun range regularly. and he had enough guns that when the police raided him home, it took three hand trucks loaded to the top to take those guns out. >> do you do background checks. >> we have them sign a waiver form saying that by law they are allowed to be around firearms. >> but the felons themselves are supposed to know that they aren't supposed to be around guns. or anything that has to do with guns. >> so you are putting the on news upon them? >> yes. >> in a waiver. >> yes. >> should you do a background check. >> maybe quite possibly. >> but background checks are not required at gun ranges here. because patrons are considered to be renting guns. so federal background check laws don't apply. other safety protocols are obviously in place,
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the guns we shot were tethered by guide wires to help keep the weapons jointed in the general direction. we also had to wear eye and ear protection, and we witnessed an intoxicated couple turned away after asking if they could fire off a fur rounds. a recent report by think progress found just a hand full of serious safety violations at the nation's sick teen thousand gun ranges. >> you shoot guns. >> i do. >> what kind do you have. >> i have happen guns i have shotguns. i have rifles. >> how in. >> i don't even know. i don't know. i have -- i was going to say i have enough, but i don't know that that's true either. >> bill is a gun right supporters and an't ared nra certified gun instructor. >> i have never taken anybody to the range whether they were progun or antigun, no matter what your stance is, if i take you to the range, you generally leave with a smile on your face.
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>> he says bringing children to a shooting range is actually a good thing. >> many of our instructors have children, and they started exposing their children to firearm safety early on. one of the big drivers we believe, in these firearms accidents among children, is that unsatisfied curiosity, and even that sort of forbidden fruit. you tell a kid they can't touch the iron, they are going to try to touch the iron. the same principal applies to firearms if you tell them they can't, or they mustn't then they will try. that's just the nature of children. >> what do you think about parents that bring their kids to shoot guns. >> i just wish they would do a better job of parents. i think that's a wrong message to send to children. that they want to do that, and they are glorifying firearms and guns are meant to kill.
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that's the purpose of a gun. and to drive that message home to a child is wrong in my view. >> but to these gun tourists her message is falling on deaf ears. >> mesh tonight adam may with us, even the range operator seemed a little confused what the rules are, are there gray areas? >> you can definitely call this a gray area. gun control advocates they call tut gun range loophole. a real loophole, no some of the strictest laws in the nation, these laws don't apply. >> and these japanese tourists, they are clearly coming with an agenda. >> some of them come with this purpose, let's go to hawaii so we can shoot assault weapons and then
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roof that we will go to the beach. that's the center piece. but the marketing there just blew me away you walk through uh and you are expecting to see surferring, beautiful women holding big assault weapons. that's how they are marketing this, and the tourists are spending money to do it, how much does it cost. >> about $150 for one of the premier packages. we went through the whole thing, because we wanted to see what the training was like, a f that you go through and you shoot four different weapons it was about $150 at the end we ended up shooting an assault rifle, i have to say of all the guns we shot there, that one was definitely the easiest to shoot. right on target, it wasn't just me, i saw other tourists have a difficult time with the revolvers but uh once you pick up that assault rifle, boom, on target. >> when was return, a community's do it
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yourself approach. >> when i came back from liberia. seven this is where i was uh staying for 21 days. this is the room. >> the largest community of liberians outside liberia. and the choices they have made to protect themselves and their families. >> later in the program, he gave all for his country, in one of the most gruesome battles but it took a little old lady to win his final fight for the nation's highest military honor.
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now a look at stories making headlines. president obama has reportedly written a secret letter to iran's supreme leader. vetting a shared interest to the fight against isil, but at the same time, warning that cooperation cutting a nuclear deal by november 24th deadline. the man accused of running the ebay of drugs is arrested in san francisco. this investigators say allow dealers to sell bricks of cocaine on the so called dark web. children's healthcare is setting up a special isolation unit to treat young ebola patients. the hospital doesn't have any patients with ebola
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now, but wants to be prepared just in case any kids are diagnosed. the hospital is near emery university, where ebola patients have been treated and just down the street from the centers for disease control and prevention. stepping up the battle against ebola, president obama asked for more than $6 billion to fund the fight in west africa and to help prevend the spread here. but a minnesota community has decided it can't wait. it has launched a do it yourself effort to stop ebola. >> so, this is the way i stay in this room. when i came back from liberia, this is where i was uh staying for 21 days. this is the room. >> she is a mother, a wife, and a nurse. living in suburban minneapolis. she is also a liberian american, who visited the ebola stricken country this summer, just as the deadly virus started to
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ravage her home country. >> i saw death. friends of mine who we grew up together. like a nurse, that i knew very well. where i was born and raised. die from ebola all because they didn't have the proper equipment. >> this is the downstairing living room. so i had a whole place to myself. >> to protect her family, she decided to self-quarantine, upon her return to minnesota. for 21 days she avoidedded all physical contact. >> self-quarantine, for the fact that i could not touch my loved ones. but i understood that's the only way if i had anything not to spread it. she is not the only one taking things into her own hands. she is part of a home grown self-policing group in the town of brooklyn
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park. it is called the minnesota task force against ebola, and it's a one of a kind response to ebola. organizers bily beerians soon after the first case was diagnosed in africa. >> people said look, if you want attention, you can work on your uh own, if you want impact you can work together. >> chair of the task force. once a week, they gather at the brooklyn park city hall, their committees on grief counseling, and committees to communicate with those outside their communities. >> we are people, not virus, we are a person not virus. we are your neighbors. we are your coworkers we are not virus. you know. so we want to make sure that sticks, because there's a lot of misinformation about what the virus really is, even in america. >> there are also representatives from minnesota department of
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health, who serve as their direct link to the centers of disease control and prevention. >> the confidentd.c. announced that everyone returning from those countries would go through five airports. >> the group invited local citizens from sierra leyon, and guinea the first time they have worked together. >> and so it has been inspiring to see different leaders different organizations that are competing with each other, and are now working together. in different folks from different countries who never sat in a room to discuss anything, are now working together. >> the brooklyn park fire chief also joined the effort. >> and where the world might look to this population to be the most panicked what the world is seeing is the most calm. >> the viruses han't made it to brooklyn park, but the fear arrived several months ago. the minute the first case was reported in liberia, we had a community that was struck with fear.
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and we set out from the very beginning to respond to that fear. >> the chief is no stranger to liberia's culture or it's people, he had made several visited to the country, his first was in early 2012. >> he discovered that liberia, roughly the size of ohio only had one fire engine to protect some 4 million people the chief and his squad have donated a fire engine, and an ambulance. they have also trained the locals on how to use the donated fire engine. >> if you hit this, it power it on, and then tone, starts it. but the chief says the teaching went both ways, as he learned important clues about liberian culture we are working to identify all the various little cultural differences just in terms of providing routine service across the
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various cultures. which culture can i look a female in the eye, which cultures can i take a female's blood pressure without insulting her or her husband. and the lister goes on and on. >> and so our ppe selection, includes two different masks one for the patient, one for us. over the summer, the chief put into effect a policy under which firefighters and police officers will wear eye shields and face masks as well as gloves when responding to calls involving flu like symptoms. a practice just recently put in place in other american cities. we should have all the bags the suit if we need to go to that level f. first fonderred have been asking all patients act any foreign travel. >> a first responder who gets off this truck, knows what to do to protect himself or herself while providing the best level of care for someone who is sick, regardless of whether
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it's ebola or some other virus. >> the task force is preparing for what is described as the worst case scenario. a case among one of their own. >> after the two nurses in texas were inspected and cdc guidance were challenged efforts here took on even more urgency, fighting not only the disease, but the fear it's why the task force has a clear message we are part of the solution not the problem, we are your neighbors your coworkers we are enganged trusted in making sure you are not exposed to this problem. >> she wants to use her skills as a nurse to help ebola patients. and prevent the death toll in her native liberia from rising even higher. >> the best place i can make an impact would be liberia. they don't have enough
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healthcare workers or train healthcare workers to provide the care needed to be given to the people over there her family is worried about her safety, her daughter has asked her not to go. >> it is hard, but somebodien has to do it. we can't all sit here and just watch people die on the t.v., it keeps going up. and then we just ignore it. >> mchas to do it. >> right now she says her home country needs her, more. >> she intends to be prepared when she does go back, she mans to get training from the cdc, on how to treat ebola patients. when we return, the american dream sold out from under them. >> 18 years. other 18 years you worked and poured your heart into where you live. to make the house a home. that your children have grown up in the, your
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memories are here. what do we do? we fight. >> a report from fault lines on how the foreclosure crisis continues to hit home. those who lost everything due to fight back, and who is making money off their pain.
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this award would not have been possible without supporters that works for decades to make this day a reality. i want to especially acknowledge marring get who is a historian where lieutenant cushing was born. good to see you, margaret. >> the president shout out to a little old lady hidden in the crowd, that brings us back to the story of the latest medal
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of honor ceremony. we first told you uh about alonzo cushing a few weeks ago just day after the white house reports. there are two men and his life were there to see him finally get his due. at the president bestowed the nation's highest military award, the medal of honor, in his memory. >> cushing dies in one of the most crucial battles on the third day of pickets charge. cushing a 22-year-old west point grad, became legendary on this field of heros. >> some of the men began to run after the gun was hit, and he took his pistol out, and it was already wounded, and pointed it at the
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gunner and told him if you don't get back here, i will blow your brains out. historian spent decades studying him, and describes him as the guy who just wouldn't give up. >> the painting really depicts alonzo's final moments. >> final seconds, yes. >> when the artist portrays him here, cushing has received two wounds. one in his right shoulder and then one in his groin. which was possibly a fatal wound. >> it -- he was bleeding profusely. he was probably going into shock but he tells his men, we are going to keep going. >> and his first sergeant comes up to him, and says lite leave, and he said no i will stay here and fight it out or die in the attempt. >> moments later he did, witnesses say a con federal struck him down. many others were awarded
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the medal of honor, but cushing never was. though his birthplace a now called dell field wisconsin has long honors him and two brothers who were also military heros. >> yeah, cushing park, cushing school, cushing road. dave has long been a cushing fan too, but until they moved into the old cushing place, no one has campaigned for alonzo to get the medal of honor. >> any place where you uh live, you uh want to know what happened there, and there's gold hidden someplace, buried. you never know. >> alonzo cushing story is like gold. >> yep. >> yes. >> sue now 94 became a prospector of sorts digging through thousands of old records gathering
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documents and sending out hundreds of letters over the last 40 years to local leaders all the way up to presidents trying to get him what she saw as his due. the medal of honor. >> he needed that recognition. and people needed to know not only what he did, but what had to be done. people still don't understand the civil war, what that was about. they really don't know. isn't that amaze. >> it took the persistence to bring it to light. but she says the proof of cushing worthiness has always been there. >> so all of this, none of this, would have happened without one person. >> would he have gotten this without margaret? >> i don't believe so. i think -- i think her ability to keep this story in front of washington, d.c. >> for four decades.
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>> for four decades. it's reclose. >> as the president recognized alonzo cushing, a cousin received it on behalf of his family. >> but it was another woman in the crowd mar rat and a little town in wisconsin who led the battle for this warrior to have a death, with the ultimate honor. >> alonzo cushing family plans to share his honor and make sure it is shared in the place that is were important in his life. that's america tonight, this weekend on the program, we look again at is ex-crimes on campus. our original groundbreaking series that starting our coverage last year, what has changed over the last 12 months but this sunday, catch up on our original. sunday at 7:30 eastern. good night, and thank you for being part of america
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tonight. president obama's change of heart in the war against i.s.i.l. > also a day after playing nirks the gloves come off with the republicans. and why so many struggle with an addiction to war hello, i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this". ahead. >> the president is seeking authorisation from congress for the use of military force following months in which his day. >> it has sufficient authority. >> in an op ed.