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>> jesse: new study shows drinking alcohol is the key to living past 90. >> kimberly: that's all we have time for. "special report" is next. get your hand out of my shot. [laughter] >> bret: i have nothing. thanks, kimberly. president trump pushes changes to background checks for guns and defends the idea of arming teachers or trained personnel in schools. they had of the national rifle association tells conservatives antigun forces are exploiting the florida school shooting. and how the trump administration is trying to cut off the lifeblood of obamacare. this is "special report" ." good evening. welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. president trump spending another day trying to advocate for stricter gun laws and to clarify
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his positions on one of the most divisive subjects for both his supporters and critics. not far from the white house, conservatives are being warned by the head of the the gun loby that gun rights opponents are using the florida school massacre to go after their weapons. chief white house correspondent john roberts starts us off with another day looking for answers. >> good evening. it was the second meeting president trump convened at the white house on the marjory stoneman douglas school shooting, meeting with state and local officials today to hear suggestions and float a few ideas of his own. >> how we can make our schools safer. >> president trump build the meetings as listing sessions but on one issue, the president and far more talking than listening. >> we have to harden our schools, not soften them up. a gun free zone to a killer or somebody that wants to be a killer, that's like going in for the ice cream. that's like "here i am.
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take me." >> calling gun free zones nonsense, president trump pushed to train and arm qualified teachers to stand as the frontline against a school shooter. >> practically for free you have home made the school into a hardened target. i think we need hardened sites. we need to let people know you come into our schools, you're going to be dead. it's going to be fast. unless you do that, your point to always have this problem. >> a handful of schools have adopted the idea. getting that widespread value necessary to serve as a national deterrent will be a challenge for the white house. >> much of a reaction we have seen has been negative. does the president expect he can get enough buy-in to send a signal to shooters that it's a hardened facility. you walk in the door, you're not going to last very long. >> he thinks so. there are a lot of individuals, leaders in congress, the nra has been supportive of this idea.
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a lot of other folks have been supportive of this idea. >> president trump insists his plan could put an end back to school shootings but it wasn't his only idea, tweeting this morning: "i will be strongly pushing comprehensive background checks with an emphasis on mental health. raise age to 21 and end sale of bump stocks!" raising the age puts president trump at officer at the nra which fiercely opposes changes. the statement saying "passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or an adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self defense rifle on the market punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals." while the nra says there's been no change in its position, president trump believes they will work it out. >> the nra wants to do the right thing. i have spoken to them often in the last two days. they want to do the right thing. they are going to do the right thing, i have no doubt. >> the douglas high school shooting has ignited passions
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and the political arena. and a cnn town hall, florida senator marco rubio was confronted by the father of a young woman killed. >> your comments this week and those of our president had been pathetically weak. >> on capitol hill, group of seven democrat sent a letter to paul ryan asking for debate to repeal an and nra backed amendd from 1986 that prevents the cdc from doing research into gun violence. the fbi waited in. acting deputy director responding to why the fbi failed to act on a january to about the douglas school shooter. >> let me be clear. there was a mistake made. we know that. but it's our job to make sure that we do everything in our power to ensure that does not happen again. i'm not making excuses, because what happened was a tragedy, truly a tragedy. >> president trump suggested today changing the language around active shooter drills at schools saying they should
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simply be called safety drills because young students participating in an active shooter drill could be traumatized simply by the language. >> bret: john roberts live on the north lawn. thanks. the head of the national rifle association says anti-gun forces are playing politics with last week's massacre at the florida high school. correspondent peter doocy is at the sight of the conservative political action conference at national harbor, maryland. a good evening. >> good evening, bret. even though we are 11.5 miles away from the white house, the nra ceo who is a big supporter of president trump delivered remarks about gun control that are a world apart from the president's proposed fixes. >> their solution is to make you, all of you, less free. >> wayne lapierre, ceo of the nra, did not mince words, warning about what he sees as a potential post-parkland gun grab. >> some people are calling for a
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new list of anyone, anyone who has sought mental health care to deny them their second amendment rights. >> the nra said presenting sponsor of cpac. it has a heavy presence throughout the convention center. official spent for advocating for stronger security at schools and criticizing democratic lawmakers. >> for them, it's not a safety issue. it's a political issue. they care more about control and more of it. their goal is to eliminate the second amendment. >> the next speaker was vice president pence whose parkland rumors included a pledge to come together. >> later this week when the president meets with the nation's governors in our nation's capital, we will make the safety of our nation's schools and our students our top national priority. >> pence laid the foundation for
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the strategy g.o.p. operatives tell foxes their best bet to keep the house: criticize nancy pelosi. >> it would be a disaster for our cause of nancy pelosi became speaker of the house again that we are not going to let it happen. >> there was russia talk at thursday's session. in the context of the kremlin being a threat to the united states. there were no questions about the special counsel's probe or the white house counsel donald mcgahn who used public remarks to explain how he helps president trump select judges, as a rumors swirl about a summertime supreme court retirement. >> the president likes folks who have demonstrated courage, ability to stand strong in the face of adversity, people who know, you know they will not change and turning to someone else. >> justice gorsuch's appointment spoken about today. reducing regulations, vowing to move the american embassy in tourism and repealing the individual mandate.
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>> it let bill clinton to call obamacare when the craziest things in the world. the only time i agreed with bill clinton. other than about hillary. i'm going to get in trouble about them. >> cpac is not just speeches in a ballroom. the hallways are aligned with booths like this one. organize say it's about activism training and campaign management. the crowd appears very young and tomorrow they're going to hear from president trump. >> bret: peter doocy at cpac. thanks. there are new charges tonight against the president's former campaign chairman and a long-time business associate. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge has the news. serious trouble for paul manafort. >> former trump aids charged with more financial crimes and to federal jurisdiction. washington, d.c., and now a
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separate 32 count indictment in virginia over bank and tax fraud. allegedly laundering more than $30 million. sources calling it it classic legal pylon and memos over surveillance abuse enter a new phase. house intelligence committee ranking democrat adam schiff says he wants the counter memo out this week. negotiations with the fbi over what will be blacked out or redacted are nearly complete. white house spokesman said there would no be -- being a up. >> once it meets the fbi's standards, we would support its release. >> just like the republican staff ♪ ♪ released earlier this month, source close to the process had the democrats version will likely require the president to declassify. republican memo drafted by devin nunes alleges surveillance's reviews by the fbi and justice department during the election. departments knew that the trump dossier was founded by the dnc.
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withheld specifics from a national security of court when it applied for surveillance warrants for carter page. republicans say the counter memo is unlikely to directly challenge the findings. committee democrats say the republican account is deeply flawed. >> the fbi and doj are comprise a very good people, not acting politically. doing their work on the american people's behalf. i want to see the democratic reputation. the memo will show that a lot of the allegations were made and then nunes memo were not correct. >> fox news confirms david jay kramer has invoked his fifth amendment right not to testify. kramer was briefed on the dossier by christopher steele was a critical link in the dossier's to the fbi. fox news asked why kramer took the fifth and if he helped get
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the dossier to buzzfeed. no comment from kramer or his attorneys today. >> bret: thank you. spokesman for a syrian search and rescue groups as residents of one damascus suburb of being targeted by extermination. civilians are being killed, wounded, and forced from their homes by a syrian government anxious to stamp out a resilient opposition. conor powell reports from the middle east newsroom. >> syrian and russian jets continue to pound eastern ghouta, leveling hospitals and residential buildings. monitor group say at least 400 people have been killed in recent days. thousands more are injured. the carnage leaving medical workers overwhelmed and that bloodshed showing no signs of ending. the arab news channel reported this morning the syrian army is preparing to launch a ground offensive into eastern ghouta.
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german chancellor angela merkel admonished the european union for not doing enough to end the violence in syria. saying that the e.u. must step up pressure on the assad regime's biggest backers: russia and iran. >> translator: the regime is not fighting against terrorists but against its own people, killing children, destroying hospitals. this is a massacre which needs to be condemned. >> outside the united nations today, protesters parked three large mobile billboards to criticize the international community's inaction on syria. the signs reading 500,000 dead and still no action. at the security council, there's a growing push for a 30 day humanitarian cease-fire. russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov acknowledge the intensifying humanitarian crisis in syria outside moscow supports a temporary cease-fire. he refused to support any truth that included militant groups.
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>> a few months ago the assad regime pursued a similar strategy of talking about a cease-fire while at the same time intensifying violence in aleppo. in the end, the rebels were defeated while the international community debated a truce and the assad regime regained control of a key syrian city. >> bret: conor powell in our middle east newsroom. thank you. north korea is sending one of its most infamous political leaders to head its delegation to the closing ceremony of the winter olympics. while that man is set to meet with south korea's president, there appears to be no new effort for a u.s.-north korea session. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot is in seoul, south korea, tonight. >> north korea is causing a new stir at the ala fix. naming a hard-liner to lead the delegation to the closing ceremony. he is the head of inter-korean affairs for the north. notorious for his ties to the
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missile and nuclear programs and ordering attacks on south korean targets. even though he has blacklisted by the u.n. and south korea, the south is still embracing him. >> we believe the north korean high-level delegations participations in the closing ceremony will help improve the relationship between south and north korea. >> ivanka trump arrives friday. she will dine with president moon but the white house says she won't meet with north koreans. not ruled out, close encounter like vice president pence had at the opening ceremony. he had tough words for pyongyang today. >> we stand up to murderous dictators. we'll keep standing strong until north korea stops threatening our country, our allies, . >> a dictatorship willing to murder their own, a sign of that tense times that remain here
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along the dmz. bullet holes left in a wall shot by north korean soldiers over there shooting at one of their own, a defector, coming across the border, huddling along the wall. he was rescued. your folks got in there and saved him. >> they did. they weren't sure what the response was going to be by the north koreans. >> many weeks later, the north korean was still recovering from the incident. this week with the olympics gone, the border was relatively quiet. north korea turning down there propaganda blasted in the south. >> would north korea engage us, you have to be ready for any kind of provocation. >> the paralympics will follow the end of the olympic games next month. it is feared the dangerous regional games could resume. >> bret: thinks. u.s. official tells fox news
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defense equity james mattis is excited to recommend to president trump that transgender people can serve in the u.s. military if they deploy overseas. official says secretary mattis does not want to go against recent federal court orders that the president's ban on transgender people serving the military is unlawful. secretary mattis has not given his recommendation to the president. pentagon press secretary says the decision is coming later this week. up next, president trump's influence on the key senate race is our midterm coverage heads to arizona. first here's what some of our fox valley to run the country recovering. fox 2 in st. louis. grand jury indicts the missouri republican governor on felony invasion of privacy charges stemming from an affair in 2015. he is accused of taking a compromising photograph of his mistress without her consent. the governor 's attorney says the felony charges are baseless and the governor is innocent.
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fox 11 in los angeles. as spacek's falcon nine blasts off from the air force air force base. carrying a trio of satellites. the other two part of elon musk's vision should create a broadband network. live look from miami. one of the big stories there, and eye doctor once accused of bribing democratic senator bob menendez is given a 17 year sentence for medicare fraud. salomon melgin convicted of 67 crimes. prosecutors say he urged elderly patients to go under tests and treatments for procedures they did not need. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back.
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♪ >> bret: the justest departments has its crackdown on criminals who victimize elderly people. more than 200 people have been charged with fraud schemes dozens more are facing civil actions. today's announcement featured heartbreaking stories from victims and their families. >> hard to imagine that a loved one could commit suicide but my grandmother did. because these individuals prayed on her -- preyed on her and her good heart. she was robbed in every sense. >> bret: the justice department has ordered 94 u.s.
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attorneys offices to designate an elder justice coordinator. responsible for protecting seniors in their district. stocks were mixed. dow gained 155. s&p 500 s&p 500 picked up 3. nasdaq lost 8. two nights midterm election preview takes us to arizona. president trump is not on the ballot there of course but he is a big part of the conversation about a very contentious senate race. chief correspondent jonathan hunt reports from phoenix. >> the specter of president trump looms large in arizona's critical senate race. >> i will stick with him to the end. i am not going to desert him no matter what happens. i was with him from the beginning. i will be with him to the end. >> former maricopa county sheriff joe arpaio, recipient of trump's only presidential pardon, is the best known of republican candidates. >> this is a statewide race with
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national consequences. >> he faces stiff competition from congresswoman martha mcsally, former fighter pilot, preferred candidate of the g.o.p. establishment. >> working with him to support the military, secure the border, grover economy. >> kelly word, the conservative favorite before sheriff joe dubbed jumped in. >> seeking out thoughtful, conservative, intelligent solutions for problems that are facing us. i think they are ultimately going to be the ones that give the most important endorsement. >> rallying the biggest could -- in a state traditionally republican, it's changing quickly in large measure because of the growing hispanic
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population. >> arizona is not a tipping point politically. it's not the same arizona as our grandfathers and grandparents. the winds of change are with us. >> the congresswoman who declined our request for an interview is the leading democrat. there's a former member of the council on islamic relations. she hopes her grassroots campaign will make the difference. >> i'm out of the field, meeting with people. i am at events every day. i have been since april. >> while it's a sensitive subject, it's worth noting given senator john mccain's health issues, there's always the possibility of not just one but two senate races. >> bret: jonathan hunt, thank you. a request by republican leaders in the state of pennsylvania,
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the legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the u.s. supreme court. correspondent laura ingle has the latest on the story we've been following all week. >> top pennsylvania republican lawmakers asking the nation's highest court to intervene in a battle which they contend could change the course of future elections. arguing the democrat-controlled state supreme court has overstepped its authority by imposing a new map which will unfairly handicap the g.o.p. in the swing state. in court documents, writing "the pennsylvania supreme court conspicuously ceased everyday redistricting -- redistricting process." state supreme court throughout the map that was considered by many, including the brennan center for justice among the nations most gerrymandered.
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political observers say the new map the state supreme court announced monday will give democrats a boost in the house of representatives. >> we are saying this is a blatant power grab by a supreme court hell-bent on more democrat seats as opposed to applying the constitutions. >> u.s. supreme court fielding other redistricting challenges. challenges. wisconsin, maryland, north carolina. in pennsylvania, one expert says republicans have a tough road ahead. >> the last time republicans went to the supreme court, justice alito got their petition and united without referring it to the whole court which is extraordinary. it's hard to understand why republicans think they have a better shot this time. >> constituents and candidates will see which district they will be voting and running income the election may 15. >> bret: thank you. up next, two midwestern schools
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have already armed some of their teachers as a defense against a possible match shooter. we will take you there. first, beyond our borders. israeli media report a key confidant of prime minister benjamin netanyahu has turned state witness and will incriminate him in corruption allegations. police are not confirming the stories. last week police recommended netanyahu will be charged with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust into separate cases. prime minister netanyahu denies any wrongdoing. donald trump jr. says any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is nonsense. the president's eldest son is in india to meet promoters and buyers of trump-branded luxury homes. trump, jr. says the family is missing out on business because the president has promised not to conduct any new foreign commerce while in office. authorities in montenegro say a man who hurled a bomb into the
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u.s. embassy compound there and killed himself was a decorated former serbian soldier who fought against nato in the 1990s. no one at the embassy was hurt. police say the man had no criminal record and they do not suspect terrorism. they are not speaking about a possible motive. just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. we'll be right back. no, please, please, oh! ♪ (shrieks in terror) (heavy breathing and snorting) no, no. the running of the bulldogs? surprising. what's not surprising? how much money aleia saved by switching to geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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>> bret: some schools are not waiting for another disaster to act. matt finn shows us they are already giving their teachers and the means to defend themselves and their students. >> two school districts near dayton, ohio, have a confidential team of teachers
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and staff trained to fire back on an active shooter. >> trained to address the threat, not to run away. >> the schools take measures to conceal the guns that are hidden in safes that can be opened only by staff. each member is vetted by the district, must have a license to carry and attend rigorous training. >> the team members have access. >> many students seem to support the idea of their teachers being armed. >> to have people inside the school who know what they are doing and who can protect us, i think that's amazing. i don't think there's any room for complaints. >> inside those four walls, they are our safety. >> both districts face opposition. >> let the teachers teach. >> the police chief says he's not against armed teachers but worries could interfere with his first responders. >> one or two people with guns to six or seven people with guns
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without having assurance with a good guy or bad guy is. >> lee shelby county sheriff tells fox news he developed the plan while watching sandy hook unfold knowing his goal was not prepared. >> we cannot depend on the state or federal government. we can't depend on psychologist psychologists. >> the armed security guard says each staff member went through intense training and he considered them certified backup. >> a minute is a long time sometimes in a situation where you are dealing with an active killer. >> as a national debate rages on over whether teachers and staff should be armed, that school districts in ohio says it stands by its decision because of one critical factor. a quicker response time in case of an active shooter. >> bret: thank you. just breaking now, police say the armed officer on duty at the florida school where issued or killed 17 people never went
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inside to engage the gunman and has now been placed under investigation. a school resource officer took up a position viewing the western entrance of the building that was under attack for more than 4 minutes but he never went in. according to broward county sheriff scott israel. the shooting lasted 6 minutes. scott peterson was suspended without pay and is under investigation. then chose to resign, according to the sheriff, and when asked when peterson should have done, israel said the deputy should've went in, address the killer, and killed the killer. more on this with the panel. agriculture secretary sonny perdue says the government wants a separate immigration program for farmworkers. produce says agriculture is caught in the cross fire of the immigration debate. he says people who come to america to work on farms and ranches do not take jobs from u.s. citizens. and do not put a burden on the criminal justice or welfare
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systems. in part three of our regulation nations series, we look at health care. while the trump administration has not technically gotten rid of obamacare, correspondent doug mckelway tells us tonight it is going after one of its primary sources of funding. >> in a sign of how urgent it was, as the parade was winding down, seven hours into his new job, the new president not changed into his tuxedo, he signed an executive order directing agencies to ease the burden of obamacare. it was only symbolic. followed six months later by an all too real defeat as senator john mccain cast the deciding thumbs down on repeal or replace. now taking up a chisel where the sledgehammer failed, mr. trump has been chipping away at obamacare. in october, he signed an executive order allowing insurers to sell low-cost health
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insurance with fewer benefits. it took effect tuesday. allowed small businesses -- and directed agencies to consider changes to health reimbursement arrangements. they gave employees more flexibility with company contributions. separately including in the tax bill was the individual mandate repeal. combined these actions may serve to deprive obamacare of what it most needs: young, healthy participants. >> suffering from adverse selection. people are joining the exchanges if they they are heavily subsid or if they have a health condition where they can get pretty good premiums. >> critics say chipping away the law is coming at a cost. >> we have seen efforts to undermine coverage. driving up premiums for the middle class, people with pre-existing conditions.
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>> does it mean a death spiral from obamacare? >> the basic structure of the laws there. >> because congress hasn't been willing to stem its funding of obamacare lives on. although wounded by president trump's executive orders but the stroke of the next president's plan may bring it back from the brink. >> bret: thank you. the body of the reverend billy graham will lie in honor at the u.s. capitol rotunda february 28 and march 1. members of the public will be allowed to pay their respects. there will be a similar opportunity in charlotte early next week. a private funeral service will be held their march two. reverend billy graham died yesterday at the age of 99. president trump pushes his plan to armed teachers as a way to prevent school shootings. the conversation on all sides heats up. we will talk about with the panel when we come back.
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we have to harden our schools, not soften them. a gun free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that's like going in for the ice cream. if they really have the aptitude. not everybody has an aptitude for a gun but if they have the aptitude, i think a concealed permit for having teachers and letting people know there are people in the building with a gun, you won't have, in my opinion, you won't have the shootings. what i recommend is the people who carry, we give them a bonus. >> teachers are emotional. people are emotional. i think that's a huge factor. >> bret: the debate continues about securing schools, this idea of arming teachers or personnel some way, we get the breaking news from the sheriff and broward county that there was an armed officer.
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the sheriff israel saying deputy scott peterson was outside and never went inside the building during the shooting. it lasted 6 minutes. there is video of him standing outside. he was suspended without pay but he chose to resign after this came out. the sheriff noted the investigation will continue but he was armed and outside the school as the shooting was happening. what's another element to this particular shooting, as the discussion continues about what to do next. let's bring the panel. stephen hayes editor in chief of "the weekly standard." mara liasson, national political correspondent at national public radio and mollie hemingway, senior editor at "the federalist." interesting development in that there was someone there armed but did not act. >> there was a good guy with the gun outside and there was a bad
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guy with a gun inside. it doesn't always work out that if a good guy with a gun is they are he's going to save everybody. he didn't in this case. >> bret: what about the presidents bush? tweeting this morning saying "i will strongly be pushing copperheads of background checks with an emphasis on mental health, raise aged 21, end sale of bump stocks. congress is in a mood to do something. he goes on and on about specifics. says that the nra are good people but there is no indication from the nra or congress that they are ready to go. >> it depends on which provision. the nra has shown flexibility on bump stocks. the idea that you would live meant gun purchasing to people who are 21 years of age is going to be a very difficult sell to a whole swath of people. >> bret: it is that for handguns. >> a lot of what people think they know about mass shootings, there's not a lot of statistics.
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only 10% of mass shootings done by men in that 18 to 21-year-old category. the average age is higher. it limits gun rights without being something that will help. they idea about arming schoolteachers is interesting. there are teachers who are able, certain teachers who would be qualified and have the right sensibility. if there are people capable and qualified, maybe that would be a waiter, when you have failures, these bureaucratic failures, various redundancies might help. >> bret: critics are going to point to this guy who had the gun and was trained and he was standing outside and didn't act. however, supporters of it say either the teacher gets trained or perhaps it's like an air marshal program where there is someone in the school, like on airplanes, designed to protect the school privately. >> i think that's the big challenge.
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some of the discussion here, as of people on both sides are offering these things as if it is a panacea. it's a difficult problem. you can make an impact in certain ways potentially with some proposals, as mollie suggested but we should be realistic. there is no panacea. it's a problem growing with alarming frequency. it's worth looking at hardening the schools. i am skeptical of arming teachers. depending on how you carried out. doesn't seem to be an obvious solution. a lot of things being talked about right now, background checks, increasing the age, they have been talked about again and again. it's hard to see, if you raise the age, a determined 20-year-old not being able to get the kind of weapon he would want to get to shoot up a school. >> still able to do it. >> bret: will move things the
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president talked about. mental health, video games, the culture, they have not been in the conversation as much. >> the question is, what do you want to do about it? the nra is for people -- people on the prohibited list for guns. what is the president talking about with mental health? he has off-the-cuff said we should have mental institutions again. many were closed years ago. the details really matter when you're talking about these things. video games? what does he want to do? does he want to ban them? there already are parental controls. we need to hear more about what he wants to do. >> there is not a strong link between mental health problems and mass shootings. there is a lot we need to know but sometimes what people propose, it has bigger downsides. one of the things we know is
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talking about mass shootings can act as contagion. we don't want to limit press freedom because it's contributed to the problem. >> you don't need to limit press freedom. you can have journalists and journalistic institutions take responsibility by not glorifying or glamorizing people committing these shootings. some of the coverage i've seen borders on doing that. everybody laments what nikolas cruz did. but there's a sense of celebrity that is created around him that i think people who are watching this at home, young kids who might -- who aren't popular who might want to become popular or notorious look at that and say that is my answer. >> bret: every day we are learning something new. we told you about the officer outside with the gun. now it's being revealed in the news conference security footage at the school was on a 20 minute delay. the officers were looking at something that was 20 minutes
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before. >> that's incredible to me. the school has to be hardened but they can have live video. the security cameras weren't providing live footage. that's incredible. >> bret: there is a lot to learn and we will talk about it. next up, carnage in syria. for any sort of discomfort in yours. preparation h. get comfortable with it. was a success for lastchoicehotels.comign badda book. badda boom. this year, we're taking it up a notch. so in this commercial we see two travelers at a comfort inn with a glow around them, so people watching will be like, "wow, maybe i'll glow too if i book direct
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>> sovereignty is no excuse for any dictatorship to abuse its people, spark violence, foment regional conflict and then get off scot-free. >> we have documented that over the past two weeks at least 1200 civilian casualties have been documented. we have documented that there has just been a monstrous disregard for civilian life and infrastructure. the situation is going
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interest bad to worse. civilians have been trapped in eastern hutha and now being pummeled. >> we would like to see this 30 day skis fire. >> bret: that's hopeful because this is, some people are calling it a holocaust in eastern syria. have you got an area in the suburbs of damascus, eastern huta where russian jets and syrian jets are pounding areas, leveling hospitals, residential buildings in an effort to erase, eradicate the opposition. it is a crisis situation. we are back with the panel. steve, we cover it all the time. it is not getting covered. 400 images in the next couple of days. >> there will be no serious 30 day cease-fire there will be no consequences for bashar al assad. seven days ago made a decision that he will be
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able to slaughter his people. he has been doing it ever since with the exception of the air strikes that president trump ordered. my preference would be let's not pretend otherwise. if we're not going to go, in let's not have the white house issuing statements a geneva process to advance toward a political solution. that's not the answer. that's absurd. either we will go in and stop the slaughter or marshall allies to go in and stop the slaughter or we will not and it appears we are not. >> bret: mollie? >> it is humanitarian crisis. humanitarian crisis all over the world. what is the interest in intervening there. what would it mean for us to intervene there? and are we prepared to do -- prepared to put people's lice on the line? are we prepared to have all resources that would be allocated there? >> bret: we should point out there are u.s. assets on the ground in syria. there are special forces. there are trained folks that we have on the ground to try to help opposition groups.
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but at what point is it an international crisis? >> there are additional u.s. interests there, too. we seek isis's defeat and the refugee crisis poses problems for both europe and the united states. it's not that there is no national interest. it's before we intervene how we answer those questions. be focused elsewhere in the world if there are serious threats if we turn our attention to the middle east and devote more resources in that region. >> bret: the whole prom mess of russia and they were on our side going after isis and the terrorists has completely fallen apart. the vale is down. and now the government and the russians are going after opposition. >> that's right. once isis was out of the way, more or less, they had a free hand to do what they are doing now. i didn't hear nikki haley talking about consequences for the russians or for the syrians. it's one thing to call on this situation to stop. it's another thing to say what you are going to do about it. >> who is surprised by that, honestly? who is surprised that the russians are suddenly helping to slaughter the opposition, the small
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opposition. of course that's what the russians were going to do. of course that's what iran is doing. that's why they are there. they are there to establish a deeper foot hold in the region and to change the dynamics of the region broadly. we knew that under barack obama. we knew that in the early stages of donald trump. nothing has changed. >> bret: what will change? is there something that's going to change from a u.s. perspective in regards, vis-a-vis syria? >> no. >> bret: no? >> nothing. >> i don't believe so. >> bret: zero. >> zero. >> bret: okay. so we'll leave it there. when we come back, an historic and emotional gold for the u.s.a. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> bret: finally tonight, some good news, a fantastic finish for the u.s. women's hockey team, the americans defeated canada 3-2. in a shootout winning their first gold medal in the sport since 1998. it was a moment, a special moment for all of fans, obviously. and for the team. but especially skating coach kim, she was abandoned the streets of seoul at the age of 4. but was later adopted and raised in michigan. she took up figure skating and later began coaching one of her students played in last night's gold medal winning game. >> my life has gone full circle. i get to be here with my children. it's just amazing. and then -- u.s. won in overtime. >> bret: truly full circle. congratulations to the women's team for that gold. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight.
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that's it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. the story hosted by martha maccallum starts right now in new york. hi, martha. >> good to see you, bret. thanks a lot. tonight on the story. it feels different this time. is it? has the boiling point finally been reached? are the funerals finally too many? is this father's pain too much for america? >> to protect sports. we protect concerts, stadium embassies. the department of education that i walked in today. that has a security guard in the elevator. how do you think that makes me feel? in the elevator they have a security guard. >> martha: that as other parents think guns are not the solution. >> rather than arm them with a firearm, i would rather arm them with the knowledge of how to prevent these acts from happening in the first place. >> martha: now the president needs to find a