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The Daily Countable: Real Climate Change + Who Should & Shouldn't be Allowed to Buy a Gun?

by Countable | 11.7.17

Good day, friends, and thank you again for staying bright & engaged with our democracy. Countable is here to help.

On the Radar

  • In the wake of the massacre of 26 people in a small Texas church on Sunday, the U.S. Air Force says it failed to flag the alleged gunman in national background-check databases. Here's a primer on which offenses disqualify a person from buying a gun. What do you think?
  • President Trump has called climate change a "hoax," but numerous government scientists conclude that it is real and that humans are its only plausible primary cause.

Under the Radar

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump

  • The President & First Lady depart Tokyo en route to Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea.
  • In the afternoon, the President has lunch with U.S. & South Korean troops.
  • The President engages in a bilateral meeting, followed by broader meetings with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea.
  • The President and the First Lady have tea and take photographs with President Moon.
  • The President holds a joint press conference with President Moon.
  • In the evening, the President and the First Lady will attend a state dinner.

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to revise the National Labor Relation Board's joint employer standard.
  • Voting on a bill to allow the VA to provide organ transplants for veterans when the living donor is a non-veteran.
  • Voting on 10 other bills related to financial services and veterans affairs.

The Senate: In Session



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— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor

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  • Leslie
    11/07/2017
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    Please do more than provide thoughts and prayers in regards to mass shootings. It literally makes me cringe when I continue to hear the GOP stance on this which is complete inaction. Maybe there is no solution that is perfect but you should do SOMETHING! How can you be so heartless? There was an eighteen month old baby murdered along with other children in just the latest mass shooting at the church in Texas. The GOP is supposed to be the party that is pro-life but I think their stance on SENSIBLE gun control policy provides evidence that the party simply looks the other way when innocents are slaughtered so that they can continue to receive money from the NRA. Prove me wrong!! Keep in mind that the NRA has no incentive to slow down the occurrence of these mass shootings because many of their backers (gun manufacturers) actually make money every time they happen. Good people buy more guns because they feel helpless. While buying the guns does not make them safer; they feel safer and that appears to be enough for the GOP. The people in power are supposed to protect innocent citizens; they continue to fail. Every time I hear nothing but "thoughts and prayers" I realize it is just lip service to a problem the GOP refuses to examine. While this goes on, babies, children, and other innocent people die because of this inaction. Blood is on the hands of those who do nothing, particularly those who are in a unique position to act and treat this unique American sickness.

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  • verymary
    11/07/2017
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    Donald trump shouldn't be allowed to buy a gun. Donald Trump shouldn't be allowed access to the nuclear codes!

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  • Ticktock
    11/07/2017
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    Why should we start figuring out who should or shouldn’t be allowed to possess a gun when people can even realize that these mass killing couldn’t even happen without guns? Trump’s statement that the Texas shooting would have been even worse if someone hadn’t had a gun was stupid. If guns weren’t so easily accessible there would not have been a shooting in the first place. The US has way to many guns in the public’s hands, they are way to easy to get and every time this happening some politician say we need more but more never makes us safer it just help perpetuate the mass killings. Unfortunately there will probably be many more.

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  • Debi
    11/07/2017
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    Can’t believe Trump said “more people would have died if there were tougher gun laws “ —— the heroes in the truck would have still had their rifles with tougher gun laws!!! The shooter would not have been able to get a semiautomatic weapon so easy with tougher gun laws!!! So sorry that the president is such a dumb ass.

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  • Edgar
    11/07/2017
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    Tougher gun laws? Tougher guns law’s don’t change much when criminals don’t follow the law, that’s why they’re called criminals. Moreover, more gun laws will not stop people with evil intent. Unfortunately, since the dawn of man, there has been and will always be criminals and evil people in this world. The best solution is not tougher gun laws but enforcing guns laws that already exist and stiffer penalties for crimes committed whether a gun or or any other weapon is used because the sad reality is anything and everything can be used as a weapon period. Should we outlaw cars, trucks, planes, trains, knives, axes, pitchforks, pens and pencils, machetes, lighter fluids, etc etc?

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  • William
    11/07/2017
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    The trump administration is doing all they can to deny climate change !! Even the Saudi Arabians with all their oil have the brains to see petroleum base energy is on its way out for multiple reason, not least of which is pollution!!! But trump and his climate change deniers only want financially gain - PERIOD!!! Trump - impeachment or Amendment 25, Section 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jill
    11/08/2017
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    Get rid of automatic guns for civilians . And make real background checks. I️ have a mentally disabled son and I️ wouldn’t want him to get a gun!! Not everyone should have the right to bare arms! And the world is getting polluted and climate change is real wake up!

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  • Eileen
    11/08/2017
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    The questions abound from Sunday’s church shooting. The ones I haven’t heard are: 1. Why is the public allowed to have semi and automatic assault weaponry? The only thing you can hunt with them are humans, as that is their purpose! And since mr illustrious signed an executive decision to allow the military to sell its weaponry to the public, this question is at the forefront! And 2: if now is not the time, considering there are mass shootings every day, (93-100 people are killed daily by guns, mostly women and children, yes check the research!), there will never be a time! It takes strong, clear headed thinking to say enough is enough and ignore the gun lobby who is part of the swamp he said he’d drain. If you always do what you’ve ALWAYS done, why expect a different result! Morons!

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  • Joshua
    11/08/2017
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    Are you leftists/idiotic people blind? The last two mass shootings were committed by people who shouldn't have owned a gun. The government failed in that background check so why is the solution to make even more laws? The gov., in this case, is big and inefficient so why would we make it even more big and even more inefficient. And guess what? The shooter was stopped by an NRA member with an Semi Automatic assault rifle. You people are idiotic to think that if you ban assault rifles then it will solve the mass shooting "problem". If you ban it then it only prevents the good citizens from owning it. Do you think that a bad person or criminal cares if it's banned? No. He will still obtain it and you want to know why? Because they are BAD people. Murder is illegal but that doesn't stop bad people from committing it. Very sad to see the ignorance on the left in regards to this topic. Btw, THE LAST TWO MAJOR MASS SHOOTINGS WERE COMMITTED BY LIBERAL ATHEISTS!!! Shame on you people for trying to deny us our rights!!!!!

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  • Dre-Gal
    11/07/2017
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    Thanks Countable. You have been an invaluable tool for up to date information and happenings in DC. I’m from there but live elsewhere now. Love having my pulse on what’s going on through your reporting.

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  • Pamela
    11/07/2017
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    We must do something about mass shootings, easy access to high power weapons & mental health needs for our citizens. Please take a serious look at these issues & how we can minimize/eliminate these events. This is a travesty for our country & little action seems to be being taken. Surely we have people here who can work on this problem with meaningful results. Other countries don't have this problem.....can't we see what they are doing? Please.....there have been too many innocent deaths as a result of gun violence.

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  • NoHedges
    11/07/2017
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    Countable, I would like option to turn off the mandatory notification of my Reps, including Cory Gardner, when casting my vote. He may have sworn an oath to serve Coloradans but Gardner is just another party-line republican working for 45. His emails are spam, full of flowery promises with back door agendas. I don’t want to hear from him until I have evidence or his actions changing or he leaves office.

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  • Steve
    11/07/2017
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    Co2 is necessary for the health of the planet. Without or reduced Co2, photosynthesis would be reduced or eliminated. Without photosynthesis, no oxygen would be produced and therefore no life!! The planet earth is greening up even with the higher concentrations of Co2. Live with higher Co2 concentrations or die with the rest of the planet. Co2 does not create global warming. It is the heavy cloud cover that prevents heat from escaping!

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  • Rachel
    11/07/2017
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    The pro-gun people really need to come up with better arguments than "Don't make guns laws tougher because criminals don't follow the law." No kidding. Why have any laws at all with that logic? What is your solution? Don't worry gun nuts. If Congress did NOTHING about guns after the Sandy Hook tragedy, they will continue to do nothing no matter how many lives are lost. We will see more preventable mass shootings. More lives lost.

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  • Scott
    11/07/2017
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    From what I heard the shooter wasn’t supposed to be able to pass a background check to purchase guns. The Air Force failed to add the proper information in their data base that would’ve made him unable to pass a background check.

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  • Kathleen
    11/07/2017
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    I am appalled by the selfish tax revisions being rushed through by our Republican legislators. The President, from what we can tell by his tax records that were released, stands to personally benefit by tens of millions of dollars through the removal of the Alternative Minimum Tax. Actual middle class taxpayers (people making less than $70K a year) will see their taxes go up, and the poor will see only temporary benefits. Tax breaks popular with the middle class are going away, while corporate tax breaks are being strengthened and the estate tax eliminated. It’s estimated charitable donations to nonprofits (already harmed by fewer government grants) will dry up. Meanwhile, the wealthy (over $250K annually) will see their taxes steadily decrease. I’ve been in the upper 2% of incomes nationally as well as in the lower 10%. I am always happy to pay taxes when I made more because I understand my privilege. Any tax reform needs fewer corporate loopholes, strong taxes on “found” money like large inheritances for individuals (over ($100K in cash), deductions for charitable giving, and realistic taxes on those making less than $100k a year. The wealthy should not benefit financially on the backs of those who are less well off.

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  • Robert
    11/07/2017
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    A gun has never jumped off a table and shot someone! The Dems always seek to take a tragedy and make it political. If they really cared they would clean up Chicago and reduce the crime rate! Clean up the local administration and talk about the current death rate they seem to accepted as a basic truth. Clean and organize your backyard before you try to rewrite the bill of rights!

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  • James
    11/07/2017
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    Get off the man made climate change crap! All these goofs are saying that we need to erase our carbon foot print. Think about it? Carbon Foot Print? Really? Everything! Just about every element in the Universe beaks down to one simple element and that is Carbon! Gases, Rocks and all living things from plants to creatures in the water to animals in the forests and roaming the plains and yes finally Human Beings! Everything was created with Carbon the most basic and first most element any where! What is Carbon? Basically its ashes! In the good book our creator says From Ashes you came and to Ashes you shall returns! So my question is. How do we erase a Human Carbon foot print when we already are carbon? So let me present another question. As all animals are Carbon as well then they leave a print in something somewhere. So then we should erase the Animal Carbon Foot print as well! Hey it's all Carbon! Coal is pure carbon but useful for many things we need for survival! Diamonds come from compressed Coal / Carbon! I know many of you have jewelry with compressed carbon on it! So? Give me an answer? As for C02 emissions then tell tropical countries to quit cutting down rainforests as most of the world's oxygen comes from there! Acid emissions! Look at volcanoes around the world and there are many! That's Sulfuric Acid! Ok? Now think!

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  • Rebecca
    11/08/2017
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    If we can't get anywhere on banning automatic weapons or bump stocks, in the very least push for a better database of gun ownership and gun deaths. All cars need to be registered and all drivers need a license, apply these same standards to guns. If it can't be done at a national level, twist the arms of states to keep better databases. Make it illegal to own an unregistered gun. Do something, anything.

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  • John
    11/07/2017
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    Rep. Brooks, Senators Donnelly and Young, please work tirelessly to promote peace in our communities through bans on military/style assault weapons, large capacity magazines, bump stocks and the sale of any gun to mentally ill people. You are abdicating your role to keep Americans safe. Where is the OUTRAGE? What level of carnage will it take for you three to ACT?

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