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gutsy. absolutely the source of demand hasn't changed but not so with work from home. the facts are changed and you have to change your mind with them i like to say there is always a bull market somewhere and i promise to find it just for you right here on "mad money." i'm jim cramer see yoyou u tomorrow, president biden set to address the nation as america suffers another mass shooting. i'm kelly evans in for shepard smith. this is "the news" on cnbc. >> a prime time speech on guns in america the president set to pressure a divided congress to act. >> we must summon the courage to do what is right, the courage to protect our kids. >> these laws do nothing to stop crime and no one here thinks they will actually stop mass shootings. reports from the white house and capitol hill. mass shooting inside a tulsa
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hospital >> another act of violence upon an american city >> four dead, including two doctors. the gunman's motive revealed. new reporting on the uvalde school shooting. what a negotiator tried to do, plus the call made from a teacher to her police officer husband before she was killed. she was demonize amber heard's attorney blasting the verdict in favor of johnny depp, who she's blaming and why. the experimental treatment providing new hope in the fight against cancer baby formula crisis. the fda now under investigation. and -- all of the highlights from the jubilee live from cnbc, the fact, the truth, "the news" with shepard smith. good evening in just 30 minutes, president biden is set to address the nation on gun violence after
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weeks of high-profile mass shootings. first in buffalo, new york, where police say a self-described white is usuprems shot up a grocery store and a gunman opened fire on 19 children and two teachers and just last night a former patient walked into a hospital in tulsa, oklahoma and killed four people and then cops say he turned the gun on himself 39 seconds after officers first entered the building police identifying the victims today. two doctors, a receptionist and a patient. one of those doctors performed back surgery on the suspect just two weeks ago today. >> we have also found a letter on the suspect which made it clear that he came in with the intent to kill dr. philips and anyone who got in his way. he blamed dr. philips for the
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ongoing pain following the surgery. >> the police chief says doctors released the suspect from the hospital last week he says after his release the man called dr. phillips' office repeated lead complaining about his pain the patient had a follow-up appointment the day before the shooting the suspect used two gun, a handgun he bought three days before the shooting and an ar-15-style semiautomatic rifle he bought just hours before he opened fire. cnbc's valerie castro live in tulsa on our top story tonight valerie? >> well, kelly, just within the last hour, we have learned new details about the victims in this incident including 73-year-old william love we are told he was a retired army first sergeant who served one tour in vietnam and he was also a great-grandfather his family tells us he died protecting his wife. the couple were here at the hospital yesterday and when the
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shooting began police say he held a door shut so that she could escape >> amanda glen worked in the medical field for 18 years she was a receptionist and leaves behind a husband and two sons and also those two doctors who hospital staff say are irreplaceable. >> as news of an active shooter at st. francis hospital spread throughout tulsa, one man worried about his longtime friend and neighbor dr. preston phillips. >> the first thing i did was send a text to preston and asked if he was okay amid all of the chaos and of course, he didn't get back to me at that point. >> paul bernius now knows he was killed in the shooting that left four people dead before the gunman turned the gun on himself. he lived across the street from him for more than 20 years. >> he was one of the top 1% of our society. i'm sad to see him go. i'll miss him terribly.
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>> the other victims, a patient, william love who police say held a door closed allowing others to escape the gun fire. receptionist amanda glen and dr. husen died. >> if there was an ability for you to pick from the best men thaw we have for character traits for a human being, a wife, a friend and a physician, that would be stephanie husen. >> hospital ceo cliff robertson reflecting on the three who dedicated their lives to their work at st. francis. >> the three best people in the entire world that are the, you know, the most committed to doing what they do every day in taking care of others didn't deserve to die this way. >> dr. phillips, the apparent target of the gunman's rage. >> the fact that some individual would go after dr. phillips is mind blowing. >> police say one of the weapons
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used an ar-15 was bought by the shooter just hours before the rampage. >> the monster buys an ar-15 that day or the day before is what information i saw, and then he goes in and set the collateral damage. >> the mass shooting marking another deadly day in america and an explainable, tragic loss of life. >> police say the first 911 call came when a doctor here at the hospital was on a video call with someone else. he heard the fwun shots and told that person to call for help police say the gunman also called his wife at some point during the chaos, though it's unclear what he said to her before taking his own life kelly? >> thanks for your reporting tonight. it's one of the most burning questions we had since it is gunman slaughtered children and teachers at robb elementary school in uvalde, texas. why were police officers reportedly told to wait when children were trapped inside a classroom with the shooter and desperately calling 911 for
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help a state lawmaker now says the incident commander, the school district police chief was apparently not informed about those 911 calls even though he was the one in charge of the police response. cnbc's perry rossum is reporting live in uvalde for us. perry? >> kelly, what the state senator is describing is a massive failure in communication from police here on the ground. there has been no comment from state police or local police on this >> the 911 calls were not being communicated to the so-called incident commander officer arredondo. >> texas state senator roland gutierrez say 911 calls from inside robb elementary were going to the city police, not the school district's police gutierrez's spokesman later saying the school district's police chief pete arredondo did not have access to the calls and it's likely he never got them. >> there was human error and there was system error. >> it's been nine days since 21
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people were killed and gutierrez calls the investigation into what happened one of the worst he has seen in the state of texas. >> we have obviously seen a lot of stumbling blocks and obstruction. >> gutierrez later backtracking on the word obstruction when we asked for clarification. >> i'm not accusing anybody of obstruction and maybe that was wrong. >> you mentioned it specifically obstruction. >> i maybe wrongly worded it >> i didn't suggest it you suggested it >> last week we were told that the 911 calls were going through the incident commander that simply is not the case. >> but obstruction is specific. >> he did not receive 911 calls. >> at uvalde's only library next to the summer reading program are books based on grief >> couldn't sleep. >> cesar hernandez's son leon was playing outside when the shooting started his father said he heard bullets
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fly by. >> we were on the way to walmart for him to speak to a counselor. >> at the library they are handing out these packets for families they were donated from someone it reads it's okay to cry and it's an activity work book that helps children, adolescents and young adults in dealing with grief. today there were three more funerals and three more children being buried eliahna torres, miranda mathis and bravo nevaeh bravo a bill that would lower training requirements for armed teachers and staff lawmakers in the state senate and house already passed it and republican governor mike dewine looks forward to signing it into law. right now people who work in ohio schools need more than 700 hours in initial training to carry a gun on campus. this bill would lower that requirement to just 24 hours
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with eight hours of follow-up training each year individual will skoos have the option to require more training according to the bill. the man accused of killing ten people and injuring three at a grocery store in buffalo, new york, pleading not guilty in a federal courtroom. the 18-year-old appeared in a jump suit this afternoon and a judge ordered him held without bail the highest charge, a domestic act of terrorism motivated by hate after the hearing, the district attorney says there's only one punishment if he's convicted on that charge, life without parole the suspect also facing ten first-degree murder charges and ten counts of second-degree murder as a hate crime and three counts of attempted murder as a hate crime and a criminal weapons charge the suspect is accused of killing these ten victims as they shopped for groceries nearly three weeks ago police say he targeted them because they were black and he
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wrote an online manifesto calling himself a white supremacist. he is set to appear in court next month. again, president biden is set to address the nation in less than 30 minutes' time we'll have full coverage on that right here on the news when it begins planning to appeal next, amber heard's attorney reacts to the jury's verdict plus the role she believes social media played in the decision as russia continues to gain ground and move in on key cities in ukraine, the white house announces more sanctions who is being targeted now? plus ford looking to expand production the states where thousands of jobs are heading and the vehicle driving the plan
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(johnny cash) ♪ i've traveled every road in this here land! ♪ ♪ i've been everywhere, man. ♪ ♪ i've been everywhere, man. ♪ ♪ crossed the desert's bare, man. ♪ ♪ i've breathed the mountain air, man. ♪ ♪ of travel i've had my share, man. ♪ ♪ i've been everywhere. ♪ ♪ i've been to: pittsburgh, parkersburg, ♪ ♪ gravelbourg, colorado, ♪ ♪ ellensburg, cedar city, dodge city, what a pity. ♪ ♪ i've been everywhere, man. ♪ ♪ i've been everywhere, man. ♪ ♪ i've been everywhere. ♪ amber heard's attorney says the actor plans to appeal that she defamed johnny depp. she may have to pay some of her
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damages first. a jury ruled amber heard owes johnny depp $10 million in compensatory damages, another 5 million in punitive damages and the judge reduced it to $350,000 under the maximum virginia state law. the jury also ruled that depp owes heard $2 million. in total amber heard owes her ex-husband $8,350,000. her lawyer told the "today" show she absolutely she cannot pay that she believes the trial demonized amber and that the jury was confused. >> the op ed didn't even mention mr. depp by name so what basically they did hear is demonize her, and they did -- they were able to suppress the medical records which were very, very significant because they showed a pattern back going all of the way back to 2012 of amber reporting this to her therapist, for example. >> heard's lawyer said she
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believes social media also influenced the jury. >> they went home every night. they have families the families are on social media. we have a ten-day break in the middle because of the judicial conference there's no way they couldn't have been influenced by it and it was horrible. it really, really was lopsided >> she said the entire trial was a zoo. nbc's legal analyst danny zavalos is with us thanks her lawyer says she will appeal. what does that look like and what happens if heard doesn't have the money to pay? >> al in this case as in any case is a long shot. appellate courts are loathed to take away a jury's verdict in a civil case like this and simply arguing that there was a lot of pre-trial publicity or a ton of social media influence is one thing unless they have evidence that a specific juror or jurors were influenced and it affected the outcome. this is otherwise going to be a
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real uphill battle on appeal if that's their only issue that they're alleging >> isn't it normal that that a jury would have access to social media during a trial or is this ten-day break going to be an issue? >> it could be an issue, but only if they have evidence that jurors were affected by it you expect that jurors honor their duty that if they feel they encountered information about the trial that they need to bring it to the judge's attention. i do get that there's a reluctance to do that because there is a fear of getting in trouble or risking the ire of the court and maybe even being held in contempt, but it is true that in modern times it is impossible to stay away from information. 30 years ago you would have to open a newspaper or turn on the tv, but now if you just pull open your iphone, you might get inundated with information you didn't want and think, your family could mention it, too, inadvertently or intentionally, but in challenging a case or a verdict based on that kind of
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publicity, you need some real hard evidence because courts aren't going to just say hey, was there a lot of talk about this case. maybe we should overturn a verdict. that's not going to happen. >> right what about this lawsuit in the uk that heard won and it was similar. her team was saying a lot of that evidence didn't make it into this trial and should the jurors have known about the verdict that went her way previously >> it's an interesting case study because in the uk it is much easier to win defamation cases for plaintiffs the fact that johnny depp was not successful there is surprising, but if it's true that evidence in that case didn't make it into this case, here in the united states we have rules of evidence and typically judges conduct a balancing test, if the probative value and the interesting thing about the evidence is outweighed by prejudice and something that is unfair and then that evidence might be kept out even if it's relevant so that's an interesting rule and evidence that may have kept
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out things like medical records that heard's attorney mentioned on the "today" show. so that's a possibility, but look, we have rules and evidence that keep out certain kinds of things i'm sure heard would have liked to have seen those in, and that may not be a fertile ground for appeal because appellate courts say when it comes to evidence coming in, trial judges, district court judges and they have a lot of discretion in the area and we will not disturb a verdict based on something that was within their authority. >> it's captured everybody's attention. >> danny, we appreciate your analysis tonight thanks. >> infants and toddlers could soon get a layer of protection against covid. when the white house plans to roll outside the vaccine for kids younger than 5, but not all jabs are welcome next, how needle attacks in nightclubs and concerts are puzzling officials in europe. plus this isn't a college dorm it's not cool bunk beds for a family with a bunch of kids. it's what passes for affordable
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children younger than 5 could receive their first covid vaccine shot by the end of the month that according to dr. a shish jha. >> we will make them available to states, pharmacies and entities to order initially. starting tomorrow states can begin to place their orders. >> but the vaccine doses will ship only after the fda authorizes the shots the cdc would then issue its recommendations pretty quickly after the fda's decision dr. jha warns that it will take some time for the vaccination program to ramp up, but he says every parent should be able to get an appointment within weeks of the initial rollout the ripple effects of the war in ukraine hitting vladimir putin's inner circle today the white house issued new
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sanctions against top russian government and business officials. one of them, this man, sergei roldugan he's putin'ses so associate and money manager for his wealth the biden administration identifying one of the outs. he used it to travel to his infamous black sea palace. the first lady of ukraine speaking out on the russian invasion and in an interview with nbc news, she said conceding land to russia won't stop the war >> translator: you can't just concede parts of your territory. it's like conceding a freedom and besides, i would like to say that even if we would concede our territories the aggressor would not stop at that >> russian troops continuing to take more ground ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy says russian forces now occupy a fifth of his country. still ukrainian troops are
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making gains in the south. they've taken back control of 20 small towns and villages president biden won't be treating saudi arabia as a pariah state after all nbc news reports the president will visit the country this month. the trip aimed at repairing relations with the oil-rich nation as thewhite house tries to find ways to boost oil supply as americans face record gasoline prices. nbc news also reports that president biden will likely meet with crown prince mohamed bin salman the president called him a qaa ry after the killing of jamal khashoggi in 2018. t a disturbing new trend out of europe. police investigating hundreds of reports of needle attacks. in recent months more than 300 people in france say somebody jabbed them with a needle at a nightclub or concert and the united kingdom, officials say
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they're studying a rise of so-called needle spiking it comes after police creporteda thousand needle cases and belgium and the netherlands are also investigating they are mostly women and showing bruising and some reported symptoms like feeling groggy and police across europe are yet to arrest anybody and it is unclear what the motive is or if the person injected the victims with a drug or any substance at all president biden set to address the nation in less than ten minutes. we are told he will focus the recent mass shootings and call on what he it is is an intolerable reality of american life and we'll bring you the speech as it begins. >> congress continues the gun control debate heated arguments from both sides. there are su wreiseshe leaders believe they can find middle
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>> for "the news," i'm kate rogers ford investing billions in production across the midwest. that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money. ford announcing it will have 6200 manufacturing jobs in michigan, missouri and ohio. the new jobs expected to expand ford's vehicle production manufacturing. a big part of the plan, increasing production of the electric f-150 and that's in michigan the last howard johnson's in america now closed the popular restaurant chain known for its orange rooms and ice cream sundaes. it first opened in 1925. there were about a thousand of them in the '60s and '70s. howard johnson's was last located in new york. lebron james, his lakers missed the nba playoffs, but he's still cashing in. forbes are reports king james is officially a billionaire and he's the first to do it while
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still playing. the other, michael jordan, but he didn't reach a billion dollars until about a decade after he retired on wall street, the dow up 435 points today the s&p, up 76 the nasdaq, up 322 for a gain 2.7%, snapping a two-day losing streak ♪ ♪ i'm kelly evans in for shepard smith on cnbc. any moment now president biden is set to address the nation from the white house about the recent string of mass shootings. in the past three weeks gunmen have massacred inon sense americans in tulsa, uvalde, texas and buffalo. according to the gun violence archive there have been 330 mass shootings in the u.s. just this year we are told the president will once again call on congress to pass stricter gun control m measures, but if today's house judiciary committee was any
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indication it will be another uphill battle. >> you shouldn't wait another minute or another day. we should act now. >> this is not a real attempt in my judgment to find solutions. >> are you here for our kids or are you here for the killers >> you are not going to bully your way into stripping americans of fundamental rights. >> we have reporters fanned out across the country tonight valerie castro in tulsa, perry rossum in uvalde, y lan mui with the latest from capitol hill and first to cnbc's senior white house correspondent kayla tausche as we await president biden. kayla, what are we expecting to hear >> well, the doors are open, kelly. we expect the president momentarily. it will be another call to action a personal appeal to the american people. he wants to keep up this drumbeat, a reminder of what's not been done as each of these successive mass shootings fades from the airwaves. we know the president's policy positions well he supports a ban on assault weapons and he supports
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universal background checks and he also supports a ban on high-capacity magazines, but getting any of those things done will be a tall order, if not impossible especially since about a decade ago, congress could not pass a bipartisan bill for limited background checks even in the wake of the sandy hook massacre. >> should we have expected him to have something more substantial to announce in this address tonight? >> president biden approaching the podium to address the american public. >> memorial day was this past monday jill and i visited arlington national cemetery. as we entered those hallowed grounds we saw rows and rows of crosses among the rows of headstones with other emblems of
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belief honoring those who paid the ultimate price on battlefields around the world. the day before, we visited uvalde, uvalde, texas, in front of robb elementary school we stood before 21 crosses for 19 third and fourth graders and two teachers on each cross, a name. nearby, a photo of each victim that jill and i reached out to touch. innocent victims murdered in a classroom that had been turned into a killing field standing there in that small town like so many other communities across america, i couldn't help, but think there are too many other schools, too many other everyday places that had become killing fields, battlefields here in america we stood at a place just 12 days before across from a grocery
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store in buffalo, new york, memorializing ten fellow americans, a spouse, a parent or grandparent, a sibling gone forever. at both places we spent hours with hundred his of family members who were broken, whose lives will never be the same they had one message for all of us do something just do something. for god's sake, do something after columbine, after sandy hook, after charleston, after orlando, after las vegas, after parkland nothing has been done this time that can't be true this time we must actually do something. this is one of conscience and common sense for so many of you at home, i want to be very clear, this is not about taking away anyone's
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guns it's not about vilifying gun owners in fact, we believe we should be treating responsible gun owners as an example of how every gun owner should behave. i respect the culture and the tradition and the concerns of lawful gun owners. at the same time, the second amendment, like all other rights is not absolute. it was just -- it was justice scalia who wrote, and i quote, like most rights, the rights granted by the second amendment are not unlimited. not unlimited. it never has been. there have always been limitations on what weapons you can own in america for example, machine guns have been federally regulated for nearly 90 years and this is still a free country this isn't about taking away anyone's rights. it's about protecting children,
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it's about protecting families it's about protecting whole communities. it's about protecting our freedom to go to school, to a grocery store, to a church without being shot and killed. >> according to new data just released by the center for disease control and prevention, guns are the number one killer of children in the united states of america the number one killer. more than car accidents, more than cancer opinion over the last two decades, more school-aged children have died from guns than on-duty police officers and active duty military combined. think about that more kids than are on-duty cops killed by guns more kids than soldiers killed by guns. for god's sake, how much more carnage are we willing to accept how many more innocent american lives must be taken before we
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say enough enough i know that we can't prevent every tragedy, but here's what i believe we have to do. here's what the overwhelming majority of the american people believe we must do here's what the families in buffalo and uvalde and texas told us we must do we need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and if we can't ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21. strengthen background checks and enact safe storage law and red flag laws, repeal the immunity that protect gun manufacturers and liability, address the mental health crisis deepening the trauma of gun violence and as a consequence of that violence these are rational, common sense measures here's what it all means it all means this. we should reinstate the assault
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weapons ban of high capacity magazines that we passed in 1994 with bipartisan support in congress and the support of law enforcement. nine categories of semiautomatic weapons were included in that ban like ak-47s and ar-15s, and in the ten years it was law, mass shootings went down, but after republicans let the law expire in 2004, those weapons were allowed to be sold again, mass shootings tripled those are the facts. a few years ago the family, the inventor of the ar-15 say he would have been horrified to know that the design was being used to slaughter children and other innocent lives instead of being used as a military weapon on the battlefields as it was designed and that's what they were dying for
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enough enough we should limit how many rounds a weapon can hold. why in god's name should an ordinary citizen be able to purchase an assault weapon that holds 30-round magazines that let mass shooters fire hundreds of bullets in a matter of minutes? the damage is so devastating in uvalde parentses had to do dna swabs to identify the remains of their children 9 and 10-year-old children enough we should expand background checks to keep guns out of the hands of felons, fugitives and those under restraining orders stronger background checks are something that the vast majority of americans including the majority of gun owners agree on. i also believe we should have safe storage laws and personal liability for not locking up your gun the shooter in sandy hook came from a home full of guns they were too easy to access
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that's how he got the weapons. the weapon he used to kill his mother and then murdered 26 people including 20 first graders. if you own a weapon, you have the responsibility to secure it the. every responsible fwun owner agrees, to make sure no one else has access to. to lock it up. to have trigger locks and if you don't and something bad happens you should be held response sponsible. they had also have red flag laws so a parent, teacher or counselor can flag for a court for a child, a student, a patient, threatening classmates or experiencing suicidal thoughts that makes them a danger to themselves or to others 19 states in the district of columbia have red flag laws. the delaware law is named after my son, attorney general beau
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biden. fort hood, texas, 2009, 13 dead and more than 30 injured marjorie stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida, 2018, 17 dead, 17 injured. in both places, countless others suffering with invisible wounds, red flag laws could have stopped both these shooters. in uvalde, the shooter was 17 when he asked his sister to buy him an assault weapon. knowing he'd be denied because he'd be too young to purchase one himself. she refused, but as soon as he turned 18 he purchased two assault weapons for himself because in texas you can be 18 years old and buy an assault weapon even though you can't buy a pistol in texas until you're 21 we can't ban assault weapons as we should. we must at least raise the age to be able to purchase one to
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21 look, i know some folks will say 18-year-olds can serve in the military and fire those weapons, but that's with training and supervision by the best trained experts in the world don't tell me raising the age won't make a difference. enough we should repeal the liability shield that often protects gun manufacturers and being sued for the death and destruction caused by their weapons they're the only industry in this country that has that kind of immunity. imagine, imagine if the tobacco industry had been immune from being sued where we would be today. a gun industry special protections are outrageous it must end. let there be no mistake about the psychological trauma that gun violence leaves behind imagine being that little girl, that brave little girl in uvalde who smeared blood off her murdered friend's body on her
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own face to lie still among the corpses in her classroom and pretend she was dead in order to stay alive imagine. imagine what it would be like for her to walk down the hallway of any school again? imagine what it's like for children who experience this kind of trauma every day in school in the streets and communities all across america imagine what it was like for so many parents to hug their children good-bye in the morning and not sure whether they'll come back home unfortunately, too many people don't have to imagine that at all. even before the pandemic young people were already hurting. there's a serious mental health crisis in this country we have to do something about it that's why mental health is the heart of my unity agenda that i laid out in my state of the union address this year. we must provide more school counselors, more school nurses, more mental health services for
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students and teachers. more people volunteering as mentors to help young people succeed. more privacy protections to keep kids safe from the harms of social media this unity agenda won't fully heal the wounded souls, but it will help. it matters i just told you what i'd do. the question is what will the congress do? the house of representatives already passed key measures we need expanding background checks to cover nearly all gun sales including at gun shows and online sales getting rid of the loophole allows a gun sale to go through after three business days even if the background check has not been completed and the house is planning even more action next week. safe storage requirements. the banning of high-capacity magazines, raising the age to buy an assault weapon to 21. federal red flag law codifying my ban on ghost guns
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that don't have serial numbers and can't be traced, and tougher laws to prevent drug trafficking and purchases. this time we have to take the time to do something, and this time, it's time for the senate to do something, but as we know, in order to get anything done in the senate we need a minimum of ten republican senators. i support the bipartisan efforts that include small group of democrat and republican senators trying to find a way, but my god, the fact that the majority of the senate republicans don't want any of these proposals even to be debated or come up for a vote i find unconscionable we can't fail the american people again since uvalde just over a week ago there have been 20 other mass shootings in america each with four or more people killed
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or injured including yesterday at a hospital in tulsa, oklahoma a shooter deliberately targeted a surgeon using an assault weapon he'd bought a few hours before his rm page that therefore the the surgeon, another doctor, a receptionist and a patient dead and many more injured. that doesn't count the carnage we see every single day. it doesn't make the headlines. i've been in this fight for a long time. i know how hard it is, but i'll never give up, and if congress fails i believe this time a majority of the american people won't give up either i believe the majority of you will act into turning your outrage into making this issue central to your vote enough, enough, enough over the next 17 days the families in uvalde will continue burying their dead it will take that long in part because it's a town where
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everyone knows everyone, and day by day they will honor each one they lost. jill and i met with the owner and staff of the funeral home who was being strong, strong, strong to take care of their own, and the people of uvalde mourn as they do over the next 17 days. what will we be doing as a nation >> jill and i met with the sister of the teacher who was murdered and whose husband died of a heart attack two days later leaving behind four beautiful orphaned children who are all now orphaned the sister asked us what could she say? what could she tell her nieces and nephews? the most heartbreaking moments that i can remember. all i can think to say was i told her to hold them tight. hold them tight. after visiting the school we
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attended mass at sacred heart catholic church with father eddie. in the pews families and friends held each other tightly. as archbishop gustavo spoke, he asked the children in attendance to come up to the altar and sit at the altar with him as he spoke. there wasn't enough room so mom and her young son sat next to jill and me in the first pew, and as we left the church a grandmother who had just lost her granddaughter passed me a handwritten letter it read, quote, erase the invisible line that is dividing our nation come up with a solution and fix what's broken, and make the changes that are necessary to prevent this have happening again, end of quote. my fellow americans, enough. enough it's time for each of us to do our part it's time to act for the
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children we've lost, the children we can save, for the nation we love let's hear the call and the cry. let's meet the moment. let us finally do something. god bless the families who are hurting. god bless you all. from the hymn based on the 91st song sung in my church, may he raise you up on eagle's wings and making you shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of his hand that's my prayer for all of you. god bless you. [ inaudible question ] >> president biden at the white house speaking to the nation about the issue of gun violence and his measures that he'd like to see moved forward in order to
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confront the issue and bring it back under control let's get back to cnbc's senior white house correspondent, kayla tausche. kayla, we heard a number of different measures there, everything from the assault weapons ban being reinstated and the age being raised to purchase such a weapon, measures to hold gun makers more legally accountable. a lot of this we've heard before a lot of the fight is going down in congress as we speak right now. is tonight mostly symbolic or is it moving the needle towards a couple of steps that might change the status quo? >> kelly, the president's hope is that that impassioned plea would change the minds of some people who have not been swayed as of yet. the president, when there are few policy tools available, the one thing that a president can do is pound the table and that is what he is trying to do tonight. he is outlining all of those very long-held views and you mentioned a few of them and you are calling specifically on congress, but specifically on senate republicans to advance
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many of those lthsive priorities and for the priorities that he has already tried to advance through executive order to try to codify those, why now is a different moment, we will see if that is the case, but the president there is hoping that it is now the case he said enough over and over again, dozens of times in that speech right there there have been questions to this white house that is dealing with multiple crises plaguing it from inflation to the war in ukraine, whether the president's seizing on this moment and backing some of these gun control efforts and whether it's a red herring and whether the president is trying to change the subject, the white house has taken serious umbrage with that allegation and said simply, kelly, this is a matter of life and death. >> is there anything he can do by executive order >> he's already done a lot by executive order. we saw in the first year of his presidency, he essentially assigned the department of
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justice the assignment of drafting red flag laws, of putting some language together on ghost guns requiring serial numbers, registration, background checks, the like and while a lot of that language has been written as you heard the president say, it now is up to congress to codify that and time is of the essence, kelly there is a ten-daytime line that is ticking down where the bipartisan group of lawmakers is negotiating some sort of agreement. the president said he would back whatever they come up with and it was his sincere hope they would go further. >> do his approval ratings interfere with his ability to drive a deal here? is this a moment where a president with personal influence perhaps with more political backing could bring the two sides together on at least some aspects of this issue? >> well, it's unclear whether he sees himself as the deal maker here or simply he wants to use the bully pulpit, kelly. we saw even after sandy hook he was the lead on the task force
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that was trying to drive a deal on that, but in the end it was senators manchin and toomey that largely brokered that deal here, the white house has said that the president wants to give lawmakers space. he wants to see what they come up with because he believes that it's not on him. it's not incumbent on him to tell him what they should be doing if they don't have support from their constituents at home. he says he will support it although he does hope they go further, kelly >> stay there. we want to turn to ylan mui. we saw some of the heated rhetoric in congress today and now these remarks by the president. any progress >> yeah, well at least on the senate side we know that one of the negotiators, republican senator susan collins of maine has said the group is making rapid progress and that they're moving toward what she called a common sense package we know that whatever is going to go into that package is going to be extremely narrow
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certainly much more narrow than the measures the president outlined just now and thanks because the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell said he wants to focus on the compromise in keeping with the countriy constitution and his culture. he refers to mental health and he refers to school safety and he does not refer to guns and that's been frustrating for democrats in the house and what you showed earlier, they are pushing for a package of bills known as the protecting our bills act that includes a raise in the age required to purchase semiautomatic weapons from 18 to 21 that would ban those large-capacity magazines and bump stocks that would impose new rules for storing guns at home that is supposed to get a vote in the house next week house speaker nancy pelosi has also said that she wants to hold a hearing and a vote on renewing the ban on assault weapons, but right now all of the action and
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all of that movement is coming from the democratic side and it's going to be incumbent on republicans to join in with democrats in the senate in order to get anything passed you heard the president say it would be unconscionable to block this bill from moving forward. kelly, washington remains polarized over this issue despite the passion that we heard from the president today >> the sands have shifted. people remember back after sandy hook in 2012, democrats controlled the senate and didn't have the assault weapons ban in this case, where are the numbers in the senate, ylan. what's the latest sense for whether there is enough of a consensus to pass at least a couple of facets of the legislation that you just mentioned. >> right so the senate side, that's why they're zooming in on two pieces in particular. they're focusing on red flag laws and they're focusing on
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mental health and they believe that if they can stick to that narrow path and they are hopeful that they can get the ten republicans who would need to come onboard and pass a bill in the senate there's been talk amongst democrats that maybe this is the moment to get rid of the filibuster the problem with that is there are not enough democrats to get onboard with that idea you still have folks like joe manchin and clifrist en sinema they believe that that is a way to make sure laws stay in place and they don't swing back and forth depending on partisan control of congress. so their holdout against ending the filibuster is what is landing some of the impetus to the bipartisan talks we'll find out in the next few weeks if it ends up going anywhere >> how does it play into the other issues congress is grappling with ahead of the midterm elections that at least the last polling i've seen, maybe you can bring us
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up-to-date suggests that it will be potentially steep losses for the democrats? >> yeah. i think the jury will be out for democrats whether fighting a culture war, is it going to be better or worse for them than fighting against the economy what we see is that issues like gun control issues like roe versus wade could potentially galvanize the base of the democratic party and it's also something that is incredibly polarizing and could potentially turn off swing voters. on the other hand, we see that the economy ranks at the top of the list of concerns for voters across the spectrum and every time an independent or swing voter goes to the gas pump and they're paying more for the fuel in their car and they're paying more for the groceries that are in their car, that is potentially a voter that democrats could lose it's going to be tricky for them to navigate appeasing the base on some of these more social issues, but at the same time fighting that war against inflation and fighting the
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messaging on the economy right now democrats are casting about for some sort of umbrella message that can stick >> ylan, thank you very much our ylan mui cnbc's perry rossum is in illinois the president was just there on sunday by all accounts, the pain he saw there motivating his speech. those were some of the hardest and most moving moments. >> it seemed most of his speech was catered around what happened here last week you can tell how much his visit here on sunday affected him going into detail standing with dr. jill biden and touching the crosses and meeting with the families for three hours and taking the drive to sacred heart church and meeting with father eddie morales for the speech on sunday guns here in texas go hand in hand guns are a part of the fabric. in most cases you have to be 21 to buy a handgun and 18 to buy a long gun like the shooter used
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last week and that was one of the major inconsistencies that the president was highlighting we've been speaking to people all last week and the question we've had for them is this is a story about gun control? is it a story about mental health or both >> oneman told us it was just way too easy for him to get that gun, but if you talk to governor greg abbot, he says it's about mental health and hardening schools and that's one of the major reasons for him that he is starting this special committee in the legislature to address those issues rather than access to guns, kelly >> all right perry rossum in uvalde, texas. thanks now you know the news of this thursday, june 2, 20 an f tuning in everybody i'm kell and follow us@the news on cnbc. have a good night. purchases on your discover card.
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