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Victims of El Paso shooting included mother shielding son from bullets, teen about to start sophomore year

The victims of the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday included a mother shielding her 2-year-old son from the barrage of bullets and a teenager just weeks away from starting his second year of high school.

Gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, opened fire just before 11 a.m. Saturday, killing 20 people and wounding more than two dozen. Authorities have not identified all of the victims, but here are some of there stories.

Jordan Anchondo

Jordan Anchondo, 25, was fatally shot while trying to protect her son when the gunman opened fire in the crowded shopping area, her sister told The Associated Press.

“From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” Leta Jamrowski said while at the  University Medical Center of El Paso. “So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”

The mother of three had gone to the big-box store to get a jump on back-to-school supply shopping earlier in the day.

Jamrowski said her 2-year-old nephew was being treated for broken bones and that she still hadn’t heard from Andre Anchondo, her brother-in-law.

Arturo Benavides

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Arturo Benavides was among those killed during a mass shooting inside an El Paso, Texas Walmart.  (GoFundMe)

Arturo Benavides, 60, was at the self-checkout line while his wife Patty was in the restroom when shots rang out, according to a social media post.

Patty was able to escape, but Benavides was reported missing, the family told KTSM-TV.

“He was the person to always give a helping hand, a home to stay, and a meal,” his niece, Jacklin Luna, told BuzzFeed News. “He loved each and every one of us in our own ways. Loved oldies on a Sunday morning, sitting out on his chair in the front porch with his dog Milo at his feet.”

A GoFundMe page said Benavides was an Army veteran who drove a bus for Sun Metro.

MULVANEY ON MASS SHOOTINGS: ‘I DON’T THINK IT’S FAIR TO LAY THIS AT THE FEET OF THE PRESIDENT’

Javier Rodriguez

Authorities informed the family of Javier Rodriguez, 15, of his death Sunday, according to the El Paso Times. He was weeks away from starting his sophomore year in high school.

“He was such a loving boy,” his aunt, his aunt, Elvira Rodriguez, said.

Three Mexican nationals

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said six Mexican citizens were among those killed. El Paso, a city of 680,000 residents, sits directly across the border from Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

López Obrador tweeted his condolences to the victims’ families.

“I regret the events in El Paso, Texas, neighboring town and brother of Ciudad Juarez and our nation. I send my condolences to the families of the victims, both American and Mexican. The SRE and our consulate are acting and providing support,” he tweeted.

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Crusius surrendered after Saturday’s rampage. He is believed to have posted about an “invasion” of Hispanics coming across the southern border and the dangers of mass immigration before the shooting. He has been charged with capital murder.

Saturday’s shooting came before another one in Dayton, Ohio that left nine deal and 27 injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Ocasio-Cortez demands McConnell stop ‘giving bogus excuses’ and pass gun background check bill

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In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for failing to call a vote on a gun reform bill that the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives passed in February.

McConnell tweeted on Saturday that he and the country were “horrified” by the “senseless violence” in El Paso, where a lone gunman opened fire inside a Walmart and left at least 20 people dead and dozens more wounded. Following McConnell’s tweet, another gunman attacked a popular nightlife district in Dayton in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Ocasio-Cortez called out McConnell in a tweet on Sunday for “giving bogus excuses” as to why the Senate hasn’t taken up the measure passed in the House that would tighten background checks for people seeking to purchase a firearm.

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“The House passed HR8, a Bipartisan Background Checks Act, *5 months ago* and the Senate has yet to vote on it,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to McConnell’s own tweet. “It was one of our 1st major priorities after ending the gov shutdown. You’ve been sitting on it since February giving bogus excuses. Care to explain the people why?”

The measure, HR 8, was passed back in February with overwhelming support from the newly elected Democratic majority and some Republican support.

Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only lawmaker to call on McConnell to bring the resolution to a vote in the Senate.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a leading candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, also demanded that McConnell call the Senate back into session and take up a vote of the resolution.

“Mitch McConnell should bring the Senate back into session immediately to pass HR 8, the gun safety bill that has already passed the House,” Sanders tweeted. “That’s a first step to addressing our serious gun violence epidemic.”

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Dayton, Ohio, shooting suspect identified, sister among 9 killed, officials say

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The sister of the gunman in the deadly rampage in Dayton, Ohio was among the nine killed during the early-morning shooting in a popular nightlife area that left dozens injured, officials revealed Sunday.

Dayton Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper identified the gunman as 24-year-old Connor Betts. His sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts, was among the nine killed, according to Carper, who added that al of those killed during the rampage were shot in the city’s Oregon District around Fifth Street.

Betts was killed by police less than a minute after he opened fire with a .223-caliber rifle in the streets of the Oregon District around 1 a.m. Sunday in the second U.S. mass shooting in less than 24 hours after at least 20 people were slain in El Paso, Texas.

“This is a heartbreaking tragedy,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine told reporters at a news conference Sunday afternoon. “It is the type of tragedy that you hope never comes to your state.”

DAYTON, OHIO, SHOOTING THAT LEFT 9 DEAD, 27 HURT HALTED ‘IN UNDER A MINUTE’ BY COPS WHO SHOT SUSPECT: MAYOR

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says Betts was wearing body armor and had additional high-capacity magazines.  The Oregon District was filled with “thousands” of people out on a weekend night at the time, according to Whaley. Officers were also stationed in the neighborhood and were able to halt the rampage less than a minute after it began, the mayor added.

“If Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute — and figure that 26 injured, 9 dead — hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today,” Whaley told reporters.

This is developing story. Check back for updates.

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Beto O’Rourke says Trump’s rhetoric in part to blame for El Paso mass shooting

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Democratic presidential primary candidate Beto O’Rourke said on Sunday that President Trump’s harsh rhetoric toward immigrants and Latinos was in part to blame for Saturday’s mass shooting inside an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that left 20 people dead and scores more injured.

O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman whose district includes El Paso, said that he believes Trump is a white nationalist and likened the president’s language to that of Nazi Germanys’ “Third Reich.”

“Let’s be very clear about what is causing this and who the president is,” O’Rourke said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He is an open avowed racist and encouraging more racism in this country.”

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“This cannot be open for debate and you, as well as I, have a responsibility to call that out to make sure the American people know what is being done in their name,” O’Rourke added. “He doesn’t even pretend to respect our differences or understand we are all created equal. He is saying some people are inherently defected.”

A gunman on Saturday opened fire in an El Paso shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured.

Authorities are investigating the possibility the Saturday shooting in El Paso was a hate crime, working to confirm whether an anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly beforehand was written by the man arrested in the attack on the 680,000-resident border city.

El Paso County records Sunday showed that the purported shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Wood Crusius, was booked on capital murder charges at the downtown jail in the Texas border city. There was no immediate indication that he had an attorney.

Police were investigating whether a document posted online shortly before the shooting was written by Crusius.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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El Paso community quickly comes together to donate blood after mass shooting leaves 20 dead

The “outstanding” El Paso, Texas, community came together on Saturday to donate blood after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart store, killing at least 20 people and injuring another 26.

The local police department and the City of El Paso announced on Twitter that blood was “needed urgently” after victims were transported to nearby hospitals following the mass shooting.

EL PASO SHOOTING LEAVES 20 DEAD, 26 INJURED; INVESTIGATORS PROBING POTENTIAL ‘NEXUS TO HATE CRIME’

Current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who lives in El Paso, also tweeted out ways to donate the blood that was desperately needed.

Hundreds of people lined up outside two Vitalant blood donation stores to help the grieving community, according to local news outlets.

A reporter with KTSM tweeted a video of “hundreds” of people lined up outside one of the blood donation centers waiting to donate blood, while other Good Samaritans provided pizza, water and Gatorade to those in line.

“Easily 40+ cars in this line at the blood donation center, and more on foot walking in,” one Twitter user said, noting that hundreds were standing in a line wrapped around the building in 100-degree weather.

Someone tweeted that they tried to donate blood at one of the centers, but officials told people they couldn’t “accept any more donors today” and to make appointments online for another day.

AMY KLOBUCHAR, BETO O’ROURKE SLAM TRUMP IN WAKE OF EL PASO MASSACRE

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said Saturday the scene of the mass shooting — one of the deadliest in modern U.S. history — “was a horrific one.” The casualties were the highest number since 2017, when gunmen killed 58 and 26 people, respectively, in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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El Pasoans held a vigil in Texas after a mass shooting left at least 20 people dead, and another 26 injured. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A suspect was arrested following the massacre. Allen said investigators were examining a manifesto that might have been written by the suspect and would indicate a “nexus to a hate crime,” but the police chief declined to provide further information.

DEMOCRATS DENOUNCE WHITE NATIONALISM AFTER EL PASO MASSACRE

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told “Fox & Friends” on Sunday morning that the El Paso community is “outstanding” and “generous”

“They’re out giving blood, they’re visiting, they’re having vigils,” adding: “This is just not going to define us.”

Hours after the El Paso shooting took place, a gunman, wearing body armor, killed at least nine people and injured 26 others outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio. The suspect was fatally shot by responding officers.

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Those looking to donate blood with Vitalant can register as a donor here, and anyone who wants to help the affected community can also donate to the newly-established El Paso Victims Relief Fund, which the City of El Paso tweeted Saturday.

Officials said that “food, water and other similar donations are [still] greatly appreciated.”

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang contributed to this report.

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Democrats denounce white nationalism after El Paso massacre

On Saturday, after news broke that a gunman opened fire on shoppers in El Paso, Texas, a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates denounced white nationalism and the epidemic of gun violence in America.

One by one, the candidates spoke to a gaggle of reporters covering the AFSCME Public Service Forum in Las Vegas about the shooting; issuing statements, plans and condolences for 20 killed and 26 injured.

A visibly upset Beto O’Rourke was one of the first to deliver a statement shortly after news broke that there was an active shooter at a Walmart in El Paso. He said he’d be canceling multiple days of campaign events in Nevada and California to return to his hometown to be with his family and former constituents.

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“We know that there’s a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now,” O’Rourke said. “I’m incredibly sad and it’s hard to think about this.”

Every candidate who spoke following the shooting addressed it, while several explicitly spoke out against white nationalism and few linked the shooting to the president.

Among those with the most candor was South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who named white nationalist violence as one of the greatest threats to the nation’s security. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said authorities were looking into the shooter’s motivations and said there may be a “nexus to a hate crime.”

“America is under attack by lethal, violent white nationalist terrorism,” Buttigieg said. “… This is a national security emergency. It is killing Americans just as it is killing people around the world.”

“America is under attack by lethal, violent white nationalist terrorism. … This is a national security emergency. It is killing Americans just as it is killing people around the world.” 

— Pete Buttigieg

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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks July 4, 2019, in Carroll, Iowa. (Associated Press)

He said that until the nation is ready to confront the rash of racially motivated violence it has suffered — and implement reforms to gun laws — it will remain vulnerable to domestic terrorist attacks. The tragedy in El Paso was 250th mass shooting in America in 2019.

Buttigieg, when asked about why he was qualified to comment on white nationalism, cited his military record. According to documents obtained by ABC 57 in South Bend, the mayor was placed in the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell (AFTC). The documents said the AFTC often “identifies and disrupts Taliban, Al-Qaida and other insurgent financial support networks in Afghanistan.”

“Counterterrorism was my specialty in the military, and I know a little bit about what’s involved,” Buttigieg said. “I specialized in dealing with terrorism abroad, but I learned a lot that, sadly, will be applicable here at home.”

“I specialized in dealing with terrorism abroad, but I learned a lot that, sadly, will be applicable here at home.” 

— Pete Buttigieg

The mayor, who is polling around 6 percent, according to a RealClearPolitics’ average, also took a jab at Donald Trump, stopping just short of placing the onus of the massacre on his shoulders.

“The President of the United States is condoning white nationalism,” Buttigieg said. “White nationalism is one of the evils that is motivating and inspiring at least some people to go kill Americans. The president has a responsibility to nip this in the bud.”

He said the government needs to develop a national strategy to prioritize resources to deradicalizing and defending from white nationalist violence.

Trump took to Twitter to give statements on the shooting. In one tweet, he pledged the full support of the federal government to Gov. Greg Abbott. In another, he said “it was an act of cowardice” and he condemned the “hateful act.”

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee similarly decried the act of violence and went further in accusing the president of being complicit by way of his divisive rhetoric and race relations.

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“The first order of business to reduce white nationalism is to eliminate white nationalism in our White House,” Inslee said. “The sentiments of fear and division, and outright racism, that this president has emboldened out to be sickening to anyone.”

He went on to remark that fear and division are “Donald Trump’s stock-in-trade” and that the country deserved someone who work to heal its historically wounded relationship with race.

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Amy Klobuchar slams Trump in wake of El Paso massacre, faces backlash for politicizing tragedy

A Democrat seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination faced sharp criticism on social media Saturday after linking that day’s massacre in El Paso, Texas, to President Trump’s rhetoric.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., one of nearly two-dozen Democrats hoping to block Trump’s bid for a second term in the White House, made her remarks at a labor forum event in Las Vegas.

“The individuals who do the shootings are responsible,” Klobuchar said, referring to mass shootings such as the one in El Paso that left 20 dead and 26 injured, “but I do think Trump’s rhetoric has fueled more hate in this country.”

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Klobuchar also pushed for gun reform legislation on Twitter.

“Today innocent people—families—went to that mall in El Paso,” she wrote. “Some of them never came home. The U.S. House has passed common sense gun safety legislation. It is long past time to pass it in the Senate. The question to ask: Whose side are you on? The NRA’s or the people’s.”

The shooting in El Paso occurred at a Walmart store on Saturday afternoon. A suspect was later taken into custody, police said.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (Associated Press)

While some on social media praised Klobuchar’s comments, others criticized her for politicizing the shooting.

“Amy! Thank you for all that you do and we need more! This president needs to be held accountable for these deaths and this carnage. He is complicit, he is an accessory to this crime as he instigates hate amongst his followers,” one supporter wrote.

Another user wrote that it’s Democrats and Congress who are to blame for not acting on gun control.

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“I see you blamed President Trump as usual for supposed hate crime in shootings in El Paso GMAFB you Democrats always trying to get a Political over this BS. You have had years to fix the gun violence but you and all of congress can’t work,” they wrote.

One user said that Klobuchar is the one spouting hateful rhetoric.

“Ms klobuchar enough, don’t blame President Trump your hateful rhetoric fuels hate so just because your running for President,” the Twitter user wrote.

During last week’s Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, Klobuchar said she supports an assault weapons ban as well as universal background checks for gun buyers. She also criticized the president, saying he hadn’t done enough in response to a shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead in 2018.

Several of the other Democratic presidential candidates posted similar messages Saturday pushing for gun safety legislation in Congress.

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The president reacted to the shooting on Twitter, writing, “Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….”

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El Paso Mayor Dee Margo ‘gearing up for 20 funerals,’ wants to ‘bring our city together’

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El Paso Mayor Dee Margo praised first responders who rushed to the scene of the shooting at a local Walmart that killed 20 people and injured 26 more on Saturday morning and told Fox News he is focused on “making sure that we can bring our city together.”

Police received the first reports of an active shooter at 10:39 a.m. Officers were on the scene six minutes later and apprehended the suspect, a 21-year-old white male from Allen, Texas, at 11:06 a.m. without exchanging any gunfire.

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Margo called it “remarkable police work, which is why we’re considered one of the safest cities in the nation,” and noted that officers participate in routine drills to prepare for active shooter situations.

Still, Margo told “America’s News Headquarters“, “we’re not prepared for this and I’m not sure that any Mayor should be for something like this.”

“The perpetrator is not from El Paso and I do not believe anybody from El Paso would have done anything like this,” he said. “This is not our community and this is not what we’re about and we’ve been one region and one community for 350 years.”

Investigators say hundreds of shoppers were inside the crowded Walmart Saturday, along with 100 employees during the busy back-to-school shopping season.

Margo, along with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other local officials, helped community members search for missing loved ones at a school being used as a reunification area before heading over to the shopping center to survey the crime scene.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said the shooting is being treated as a “murder investigation with numerous casualties,” and added that police are investigating a manifesto that may have been written by the suspected shooter, providing what the chief called a “nexus to a hate crime.”

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Margo noted with sadness that he was “gearing up for 20 funerals” and wants to ensure that the victim’s families know “my heart is breaking. You’re in our prayers. We’ll do anything we can to support you, and we’re all in this together.”

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1998 Arkansas school shooter killed in car crash 20 years later

A Missouri man who was 11 when he shot and killed four students and a teacher in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1998, was killed in a car crash Saturday night in Independence County, Ark., according to state police.

The two-vehicle crash unfolded near Cave City, about 100 miles northeast of Little Rock. Drew Grant, 33, who had changed his name from Andrew Golden, had been released from prison in 2007.

Daniel Petty, 59, of Essex, Missouri, was going south on Highway 167 in a Chevy Tahoe when he drove left of the center-line and hit Grant’s Honda CRV head-on at around 9 p.m., investigators said.

Petty also died. Paramedics rushed three other people to hospitals in Little Rock and Batesville, according to KAIT and a state police preliminary summary of the crash. The conditions of the injured were unknown.

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Convicted Westside Middle School shooter Andrew Golden, 13, being escorted from a back door of the Craighead County Courthouse in Jonesboro, Ark., in April 2000. (Rodney Freeman/The Jonesboro Sun via AP, File)

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told KAIT that Grant and Golden were “one in the same.”

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Golden and Mitchell Johnson were 11 and 13 when they set off a fire alarm at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro. As kids and faculty were evacuating, they shot and killed four students, including 12-year-olds Paige Herring and Stephanie Johnson; 11-year-olds Brittney Varner and Natalie Brooks; and teacher Shannon Wright.

In 2017, a judge presiding over a lawsuit filed by the victims’ families awarded them $150 million in damages.

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Golden and Johnson were tried as juveniles and were expected to remain in custody until the age of 21, in accordance with Arkansas law at the time. Johnson was released in 2005 and Golden was released in 2007. Because they were tried as juveniles, their records were sealed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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MSNBC contributor makes shocking claim that Kyle Kashuv’s online posts are similar to those of a mass shooter

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MSNBC contributor David Jolly shockingly suggested on Tuesday that the social media messages written by Parkland student Kyle Kashuv sounded like ones of a mass shooter and he “deserves a closer look” as to whether the pro-Second Amendment advocate should be able to purchase a firearm.

Jolly began by telling MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle that he has taken a “harder line” in the debate over whether or not Harvard should have rescinded Kashuv’s acceptance after racist and anti-Semitic messages written by the student when he was 16 years old emerged. The former Congressman said today’s political leaders have given “greater permission” to people with “racist feelings,” and heralded the importance of Harvard taking a stand.

Then he launched into the more shocking part of his statements, comparing the Parkland survivor’s online language to that of mass shooters.

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“My immediate reaction when I really dug into this, these are the social media postings we see of a shooter and we ask, ‘Where were the signs?’ See something, Say something. We see a shooter, and then we go back and look at social media posts and this is exactly what we see,” Jolly said.

“I understand the sensitivity of this man toward Parkland. I’m not a mental health professional to assess him on those grounds but what I’m suggesting… “

“But Congressman, is that too far?” Ruhle interrupted. “Can you make that a leap like that?”

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“It is not. No, Jolly responded, “because if an incident were to occur — and I‘m not saying it will with this young man — but these are the exact posts we find of people, particularly those who advocate for stronger gun rights, who has been given an audience with the President of the United States in the Oval Office, by Nikki Haley as well, by Vice President Mike Pence, who was an invited guest to a rally to speak for Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis, who was a speaker at the NRA recently… you have to question how do we promote somebody with these social media posts in their background.”

The ex-lawmaker concluded by saying Kashuv “deserves redemption” but also “deserves a closer look if someone with this profile should be able to purchase a firearm under the gun laws in the United State.”

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Kashuv has repeatedly apologized for his offensive messages, insisting he has “transformed” into a better human being since the deadly 2018 shooting in Parkland.

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