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good to be with you. i'm chris jansing in new york. today two families in uvalde, texas, are holding visiting hours each preparing to bury their 10-year-old daughter with 19 more funerals to come over the next devastating weeks. as flowers pour in and the community's grief spills out, the pressure could not be anymore intense on congress and the president to get something done on guns. and let's remind you of the personal promise president biden made to folks chanting, "do something" while he was in uvalde. we will but the reality is we don't know whether that will happen. and in fact, after landing in
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washington, president biden acknowledged his own power is limited. >> i can't outlaw a weapon. i can't change the background checks. i can't do that. >> the best hope of senate working group is diving in with a source telling nbc news that the group feels a new urgency. they have met twice in person, continued to text and e-mail and will meet again virtually tomorrow. but there maybe one key voice standing in the way. the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell. as one of our guests latest put it, he's behind a deade's long effort to block gun control. so what is really on the table? lths dive right in with white house correspondent carol lee, "washington post" bureau chief ashley parker is also senior
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political analyst. thanks to both of you. carol, you're one of the reporters who wrote a story with the headline "inside a biden white house adrift" and it points to the texas shooting as a horrific reminder the president has not successfully pushed congress to pass legislation on gun violence. so what's the plan inside the white house right now? how involved will president biden himself be? >> we're hearing from the president today and asked in the oval office a meeting with the leader of new zealand whether he would meet with mitch mcconnell on gun control measures and he said he will be meeting with members of congress about this. as you noted, the president also said yesterday that he feels as though everybody is becoming in his words more rational. so expressing hope something
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might actually get done. that remains to be seen. but the president today is says he's ready to step in and do some negotiating if he's meeting with lawmakers. while the president was in texas, he said the pain he was seeing there was palpable. he said some 250 people were waiting there to heat with him. he met with them over the course of four hours. and again, remarking on this. take a listen to what he had to say. >> there's an expression by an irish post. too long of suffering makes a stone of the heart. there's an awful lot of suffering. i have been to more mass shooting aftermaths than i think any president in american history unfortunately. and it's just so much of it is preventable. and devastation is amazing.
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>> there are a number of things that are frustrating the president right now, but this is a top among them. this gun violence. as you heard him say, he's been to so many of these places that have been the place of a mass shooting and met with so many famiies of victims and this is shotgun that it seems now he will be ready to lean into at least when it comes to congress because as he has said and can everybody knows, there's very limited things that he can do executively. >> so we know there are these meetings on the hill between democratic and republican senators. your latest reporting, as we mentioned, is the detailed look at mcconnell's long history of blocking gun investigation legs. it goes all the way back to the '80s. is there any reason to expect anything different now? >> the thing that's important to understand about mitch mcconnell is that he almost always is are reflecting the will of the
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republican senators in hissens conference. he's actually a believer in the second amendment, but in talking to people in his orbit, he is trying to protect his members from taking hard votes and if members are under some pressure often as we're seeing here in the wake of a mass shooting. he may suggest sol sort of moderate, incremental measure to release the pressure on his members. sometimes those things will get through. the momentum will be last and nothing will happen. but i do think this fits a pattern when you listen to what they are talking about on capitol hill, these are not the broad measures that gun controlled a have indicate says would make a tremendous difference. although on the other hand, everyone says this would be a start. they have done so little in ten years that even something like red flag laws would be a start
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and would be the beginning of a movement. >> it was interesting. yesterday the president said he considers mcconnell a rational republican who could come promoiz on the issues of guns. let me play that for you. >> i think there's a realization on the part of rational republicans. >> there are a lot of democrats, progressive activists who would disagree with that issue. but let me tell you something we just got in. mitch mcconnell is home and he's been talking to constituents. and that he did not bring up anything, no commentary on the early stages of gun safety reform conversations. instead, talked about the divide
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on capitol hill. even mentioning thety provide, does that tell you anything, the fact that he didn't bring up guns given how much conversation there is across the country tell you anything? should we read anything into it at all? >> this fits a pattern going back to 1989 when there was a mass shooting back when mass shootings were not art of the fabric of our society in kentucky. where leader mcconnell will express his deep concern over the tragedy, but then really not talk about guns or the issue. going back to this stuff you played of president biden, hoost right that mcconnell is a ralgs republican in the sense that his leader and someone that wants to continue to be leader wants to be majority leader should republicans win in november. he's rational and that he's doing exactly what republicans want. if joe biden means he's rational
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and he will be swayed by a democratic president whose approval ratings are incredibly low, no, he will not because that would not be rational for mitch mcconnell's point of view. >> ashley parker, thank you. great reporting, as usual. carol, stick around. for now, we want to go to uvalde, texas, where the first funerals are starting to happen. nbc's shaquille brewster and sam brock are there. if i don't want to lose sight of all this conversation about politics and even the investigation. i don't want to lose sight of what was lost here. two girls are the first of 21 funerals held this that community. can can you tell us more about that and i also know you have had conversations with many members of the community. >> something that's abundant lie clear. how much this is shattering the community, how much grief it's causing not just people here in
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uvalde, but people across the state. i just met a couple that came from mission, texas it was a four and a half hour drive to come and just did that to lay flowers and share their grief with the family. but you mentioned. we are now in the period going through funerals. there are visitations underway. first two visitations of two 10-year-olds. she was a girl scout. she was someone who her family said had a heart of fwold. one thing we know is her family says she died a hero. she was trying to call 911 from inside that classroom when her grandmother says she was shot. we also know she was someone that wanted to be a marine biologist and study at texas a&m university. a piece of her obituary read those who know and love her were blessed with her friendly soul. that's what's being honored as people come out to not only this memorial site, but at the town
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square to pay their respects. it's going to be a tough period of days and weeks for the families here. >> you talk to the families and another one of the victims, i interviewed her grandfather. he told he that it felt like a piece of his body had been pulled out of him. just ripped away. her aunt said this is going to leave scars on our hearts for months, for years, for decades. you look at the other cities impacted by gun violence. and we know this doesn't heal in a year or two years. so uvalde, all the people out here was really describing from san antonio to del rio, to outside of texas, there's so much support across the state and across the country because we are looking a at one of the ugliest chapters of gun violence we have ever seen. >> i saw on one of the local papers there's so many flowers pouring in they had to bring in extra help. the local sourcen couldn't handle it. let me ask you about the ore thing we know in having spoken to members of the community. they want this investigation done. they want to know what happened.
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tell us the latest on the police chief. he's the guy who was in charge of the response. he was supposed to be sworn in to the city council today. so first of all, what can you tell us about reports of a postponement? do we know if he's been spoken to? there's been hundreds of interviews? is he cooperating with investigators. >> reporter: reports of the postponement, it's not even reports it's been cancelled. there was supposed to be a meeting today. this evening is no longer going to happen. and not only that, no one has seen peter. the last sighting was a campaign flier that i a saw in sticks on the ground. that's been pulled up since. he was only a few weeks ago elected into that office. and radio silence. i will also add at this exact time, one week ago, there were 19 law enforcement officers inside of that building and they weren't pursuing the gunman.
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then customs and border protection agents showed up they were held back. so we know the department of public safety is conducting its own investigation. they said they have done hundreds of of interviews. you would have to imagine that he would be one of them. we reached out directly to dps. they cannot clarify whether or not he's been interviewed. but to think he would not be given the sequence of events in what we saw would defy imagination. >> reporter: we haven't heard from dps since friday things change drastically from everything we heard. so there are a lot of unanswered questions. that's something you hear people were coming to the site. who is responsible, why was that decision made and that's just something we haven't heard. >> to your point, the reason that we haven't seen anyone since friday is because every time they have tried to answer questions about what happened,
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they have been why will someone not stand up. the mayor of uvalde it not said a word since last week. he granted an interview to a local affiliate yesterday. it was a pool interview. it was disseminated to other networks and news stations. there was no one else there to ask any questions except this one reporter. you might argue that's not exactly stepping up to the plate and answering the difficult questions when you're control ing the environment in which you're interviewed. >> and i also just want to point out that you arrived in uvalde from houston. the nra convention, i wonder in your conversations with the community since you have gotten there, in addition to wanting those answers to what happened, are they talking about gun reform? >> reporter: it does come up. it depends on who you talk to and what you ask and what they want to bring up a at that moment. some come here and they are too emotional to think about anything outside of the victims here. but it does come up. and one thing i have seen is some overlap.
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you had gun activists and the other side protesters yelling at each other a much different scene than here. but i met an attendee who had tears in her eye who is said she couldn't imagine what it would be like to lose her daughter in a school shooting. but she said that doesn't change how fundamentally believe or think about this issue. she maybe willing to change a law that would allow 21-year-olds and raise the age. but even if that were the case, that wouldn't stop what happened here. the big thing that's been untested. we don't know if that's true. everyone says they the want something done, but there's differences in what they want to see happen. >> you can boy a rifle in texas before a beer. most of the families say regardless of what you think about gun reform and legislative
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efforts going on right now, no 18-year-old should be access to an ar-15 rifle and they cannot comprehend or bring their minds to process why that would be the case. >> shaq and sam, thank you so much for your fantastic reporting. we do appreciate you being there. i want to bring back carol lee with more of the reporting from inside the biden white house from our team there. something that has frustrated this white house, inflation, high gas prices, covid and now these mass shootings. you report biden is rattled by sinking approval ratings and a white house official said i heard him say he used to say about president o'. 's tenure that everything landed on his desk but lo custs. now he understands how that feels. so as he faces this crisis and many others, what are folks
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watching for? what moves might be made in the white house to turn things around? >> reporter: the feeling inside the white house is that he just can't catch a break. meaning that it's crisis after crisis. he came in, obviously, with a really tall number of crises. we had the covid pandemic and other issues that he was facing, the economy, and so now the feeling is after a year and some into pg in office, things keep piling up. and that his white house is sometimes appears to be caught flat footed. the extent of the crisis that was happening, and his poll numbers are something he's frustrated with. one person told us and others
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echoed this that president biden has talked about how he's lower than former president trump and that's something he just can't really dpet his head around. so there's generally this moment where a lot of things are piling up. the midterms are approaching. and the president is frustrated. now his aids say he's not frustrated, but that's not what we found in our reporting and the question about what is going to be done about that, there's speculation about a potential staff shakeup but that's not shotgun that would likely happen until after those midterm elections. >> thank you so much. folks can find that report on nbcnews.com. right now, many teachers across the country are absolutely pleading for gun reform. a maryland teacher just wrote an. op-ed. at every school, i took stock of each classroom, bookcases, white boards and chairs could all serve as barricades. books and coffee mugs could all be flying projectiles that just
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might slow down the shooter. i'll ask her now about the change she wants to see, next. and then high gas prices, high housing costs and expensive groceries, president biden just detailed this plan to tackle inflation. but will it help? i'll talk to one of his top economic advisers adviser
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see a rise in mental health services. 76% said faculty and staff members expressed concerns about depression, anxiety and trauma in students. and that's from the pandemic. doesn't even take into effect the impact of what we have seen over the last week from uvalde. we do know after sandy hook nearly ten years ago, no new gun laws were passed. after a after parkland, no action from congress. i'm joined now by mahmoudy mcconaughey, an english teacher in maryland, that's just outside of d.c. she's also a new mother and wrote "a delaware stating teacher's plea for gun reform." first of all, congratulations on the baby. but thank you for writing this because i think you expressed what so many teachers are thinking and feeling. let me ask you first about that study. does it sproiz you at all just how stressed out students are these days? do you think that school shooting will exacerbate an
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already difficult situation? >> i'm not at all surprised by that study. in every school that i have worked in, as a teacher, the students, even before the pandemic, struggled with mental health and stress and with all of the burdens placed on young people. the pandemic only exacerbated those. >> we showed the head loin of your article. it's a plea. tell us what you believe teachers what you need and want to see happen. >> i would hope elected officials would do something to address the ongoing tragedies. if that isn't going to happen, then i would hope that individual school districts or states could better address education and mental health services funding. especially with antibullying
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programs and social emotional education in schools. >> can you be more specific for us? what do you hear in your conversations with other teachers that you need that you don't have right now. >> i'm not the person to talk about specific policy. it would just help emotionally feeling like someone had our backs. when things are are proposed like arming teachers, that feels like we just assume another tragedy is going to happen fpz. >> i want to read something you wrote. you wrote about your hope for your new son. i'm going to read from your article. will teachers still be planning escape routes and placing large bookcases near the door for an easy barricade? will politicians be unable or
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unwilling to adopt any laws that will keep my tiny baby safe. i hope to god that something changes do you worry realistically and sadly that america might be resigned to a reality that school shootings are now just part of our culture? >> we look at what's happened historically, that holds up. so yes, i'm afraid that these will continue happening, but know there are steps that schools can take that can make those schools safer. and hopefully some day something will happen nationally. >> let's hope folks out there are listening because we all no i how much teachers take on particularly now. mary, thank you so much. we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. and any minute now, we expect to see president biden meet with federal rezeb chair jerome powell at the white
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any minute now, president biden is set to meet with jerome powell. you can summarize why it's so important with one word. inflation. we're all feeling it. the price of everything from gas to groceries to housing all climbing. now in a new op-ed in the world street journal, president biden says tackling inflation is his number one economic priority. he writes, the economic policy choices we make today will duststorm whether a sustained recovery that benefits all americans is possible. i will work with anyone, democrat, republican, or independent willing to have an open and honest discussion that delivers real slougss for the american people. let's dig into those policy choices with the chair of the white house council of economic advisers. it's good to see you. i was listening to brian earlier today who was saying fed chairs and presidents sit down from
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time to time. is that what this is or is something going more substantiative going to be discussed this hour? >> reporter: the president, as you noted, the president. s to emphasize that he shares the inemphasis on inflation, but what's most important about this meeting is for the president to meet with his newly confirmed chair of the federal reserve board, but also to emphasize how much he respect ares the independent of the fed. that has not always been the case with presidents. he understands that the fed is going to be taking actions in order to address inflation. and the president wants to emphasize he wants to respect that independent because uls mat ly that kind of action that the fed will be taking underscores and underlines his own economic strategy ask policy and focus on getting to transition from a period of recovery with record growth, the record drop in unemployment to a period where we have more stable, steady
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growth where we're not going to see the gains we have seen in the past because we're a at a place with they are working more normally, but the president's policies are about really making the economy work better for the average american. where the growth is sustainable. we have lowered costs for american people and increased economic capacity. >> let's talk about some of the specifics that the american people are concerned about. this year marked the first time the average price of a gln of gas was $4 or higher in all 50 states. today's price for a gallon of regular unleaded is the highest it's ever been. breaking the record it hit just yesterday on memorial day. and now you have the eu making some new moves against russia, obviously, because of ukraine. what is the expectation of of the white house in terms of what americans might see in terms of gas prices and what else can the president do to mitigate that kplakt? >> so this is no question that the increase in gas prices is
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painful for americans. the president understands that. which is why he's been taking actions that he can take such as increasing reserves from the strategic petroleum reserves. it allows for more ethanol to be used throughout the summer, which allows for the mix of gasoline that doesn't rely on the fossil fuels as much. the president will be looking at other options on the table as well. so he completely understands that. but let's be clear. the increase in gas prices is largely especially of late due to the war in ukraine and it's really important that russia stop this war. that's what the eu is trying to do by putting more pressure on russia and cutting off part of his reserves and the resources that he's using to fund the war because they understand just how important this war is for preserving democracy and protecting the going forward. >> understanding the impact the
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war has had on gas prices, you said there are other things that are on the table? what are they? >> the president is looking at a range of options. many of them require working with congress. whether that is considering what should we do about the federal gas tax, many people have suggested we look at tariffs. we're looking at these various options. and trying to understand what kind of effect they have in the long-term trying to understand what impact it would have on the u.s. economy at large. because fundamentally, this president is interested and focused on having stable, steady growth that involves getting inflation under control, but ensuring that we have an economy that is growing sustain bliss in a way that really benefits the average american. the middle class american and not the very top. >> so to the point of the meeting that's going to be taking place this hour let's talk about interest rate hikes for a moment. specifically for people buying homes. as an example, 425,000 house that was the median listing price last month. i want to do a little unofficial napkin math here.
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with a 10% down payment, that house in january when the average mortgage rate was 3.75% would mean a monthly mortgage of about $1,771. with an average interest rate of 5.3%, according to forbes, that payment was now going up to $2,124. it hurts for people. so what do you say to someone who has been saving to put a down payment on a house and are interest rate hikes the only prescription for cooling inflation? >> the housing supply challenge we have in the country goes back to the great recession and the financial downturn. and the president has been focused on trying to increase housing supply. some of this will need to be in concert with congress. some of it he's taking administrative actions to get moren units on the market. his proposal in the budget would put a million more units over the next five years and close
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the gap in housing. so we are focused on that because largely the increase in housing prices is due to constraints in supply. so we understand that housing prices have increased a lot. the pandemic exacerbated that. there's new research that suggests a lot of it is because people are working from home. so they want to have more space in order to do so. so as we start to get our economy back together, as people start to normalize, that will take some of the pressure off. that doesn't just involve interest rates. i will note the most recent read has the 30-year mortgage rate coing down a bit. we have many miles to go in this process, but the president is focused on increasing housing supply and doing what he can because he recognizes the importance of housing for americans. >> cecelia, thank you for taking the time. we appreciate it. we have breaking news. a former hillary clinton campaign attorney was just found not guilty of lying to the fbi.
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important to point out here this is the first case to go to trial from special counsel john durham's probe into the origins of the trump/russia investigation. justice correspondent pete williams has the latest for us. tell us about this it ruling and is this significant? how significant? >> it is a defeat for durham. it's his first persecution and it isn't about his homework assignment, it's about something different. his claim in september of 2016 a law officer for had hillary clinton went to the fbi headquarters and made a claim that experts on data analysis found a link, some sort of communication back channel between the trump organization and the bank in russia with close ties to the russian government. according to the prosecution in this case, when he said this, he said he was acting as just an interested citizen. he was not representing any
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specific client when in fact durham charged he was doing this on behalf of the clinton campaign to try to stir up tribble trouble, get negative news story about the trump campaign at the height of of the election. that's what durham said the lie was. but the jury deliberated just seven hours and found him not guilty. his lawyer had had said that the man he talked to at the fbi, the former general counsel, had shifting recollection about exactly what was said and his lawyers also said that the fbi ended up looking into this any way and found there wasn't anything there so this was a prosecutorial overreach. so i think frankly many people didn't think this case was going to go very far. for some people who have been following this case, it's not a big surprise. the big surprise was when the charges were filed in the first place. but nonetheless, this case was clothesly followed because it is peripheral to durham's main
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assignment, which is looking at whether there was any fbi misconduct in the opening and the prosecution of the donald trump case. when i say prosecution, i mean the way they handled the donald trump investigation. >> pete williamss, thank you for that breaking news. still to come, president biden meets with the prime minister of new zealand. a nation that banned military-style semiautomatic rifles after 50 people were killed in a mass shooting there in 2019. how other countries including our neighbor to the north are now tackling gun control. and what the u.s. can learn from them. that's next. you're watching "chris jansing reports," only on msnbc. on msn. d on her green investments with merrill. a-plus. still got it. (whistle blows) your money never stops working for you with merrill, a bank of america company.
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murphy on the democratic side discussing how we might be able to come together to target the problem, which is mental illness and school safety we'll get back it next week and hope to have some results. >> you'll note he said mental illness and school safety. that is mitch mcconnell in kentucky. he is someone president biden just called a rational republican. and while biden hopes for a rational response from congress, his counterpart to the north is proposing new gun law the canadian prime minister introducing legislation to impose a national freeze on handgun sales in response to a spike in homicides in his country. >> we republic news that the vast majority of gun owners use them safely and in accordance with the law. but other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there's no reason anyone in
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canada should need guns in their everyday lives. and canadiens certainly don't need assault-style weapons designed to kill the largest number of of people in the shortest amount of time. >> that announcement by trudeau comes two years after the deadliest mass shooting in canadian history when police say a gunman killed 22 people with a gun puchased here in the u.s. in maine. canada almost immediately banned assault weapons. meanwhile, president biden just wrapped up a meeting today with the prime minister of new zealand. new zealand passed stricter gun laws in the wake of a mass shooting at a mosque there less than a month earlier. and while we continue to see other countries quickly pass stricter gun laws, we're seeing individual states here in the u.s. address the country's gun violence epidemic. gun deaths dropped in california
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as think rose in texas. gun control seems to work. it says, quote, california's rate of gun deaths has declined by 10%, even as the national rate has climbed in recent years. and texas and florida, their rates have climbed 28% and 37% respectively. i'm joined by the reporter behind that story, senior editor, good to see you. a couple questions. what laws have california passed that have helped contribute to the drop? and when they passed, did they do it with republican support? >> mostly not with republican support. california is a very democratic state. so the democrats don't need many republican votes, unlike the u.s. congress. but what california did was pass a whole series of laws. it's important to note that it was a lot of laws, no one law is going to solve this problem. and so california does not allow
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the purchase of semiautomatic rifles by people under the age of 21. the shooter in texas would not have been able to purchase the gun he used had he lived in california. california also has a red flag law that allows people who have signed of mental illness of their problems to have those guns taken away. california doesn't allow gun puchases by people convicted of a violent misdemeanor. in some states it has to be a felony in order to disqualify them. the whole range of laws that california has passed over a series of 15 years or so, and as we reported, that has shown a decline, not a complete solving of the problem, california obviously still has shootings. but many fewer under per capita basis than states like texas where the rate of gun violence and deaths has gone steadily
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upward. >> as you probably know, the texas governor as a different take on tougher gun laws. let me play what he said last week. >> let's talk about some real facts. that is there are, quote, real gun laws in chicago. there are, quote, real gun laws in new york. there are real gun laws in california. i hate to say this, but there are more people shot every weekend in chicago than there are in schools in texas. >> given the data you report out when you lock at the big picture, what do you think of his comparisons? >> it's kind of weird to compare the number of deaths in say city with the number of deaths in a school. but leaving that aside, the fact is new york is one of the safest states in terms of gun deaths in
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the country. texas is one of the most vajs states in terms of gun deaths. does that mean that texas ought to adopt all of those laws, not necessarily. but it does mean texas is making a choice that they are putting a priority of gun ownership over safety. new york, california have made the opposite choice and it has had an effect. if you look at the number of gun deaths in states, the states with the toughest gun laws have much lower gun deaths than the states that have the most lax laws. it's ability an eight-fold difference between the states at the safest level and the states at the most violent level in the united states. the safest states in the u.s. are not exactly at the level of canada, but they are close. whereas the most violent, dangerous states in tropical storms of gun deaths like mississippi, louisiana, alabama, and unfortunately, texas, are
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close to the level of some of the most dangerous places in the world. >> david, thank you so much. we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. we want to go to some video we just got. this is the president of the united states, the fed chairman powell, one of of the big topics inflation. let's take a listen. fed chairm jerome powell, one of the topics, inflation. let's take a listen. >> the chairman on the second term or with dr. brainard and cook and jefferson, recent confirmations and maybe with the chairman of the day and secretary yellin discussed my top priority. and that is addressing inflation. and in order to transition from historic recovery to a steady growth that works for american family is, excuse me, and my plan is address inflation. it starts with a simple proposition, respect the fed. respect the feds independent,
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which i have done and will continue to do my job as president is not to nominate highly qualified individuals but that is to submit given the space they need to do their job. i'm not going to interfere with their critically important work. the fed has dual responsibilities. one, full employment. two, stable prices. chairman powell and noted people at the fed they have a laser focus to address inflation, just like i am and with a larger compliment of board members now confirmed, they though those tools for monetary policy to address the rising prices for the american people. but i look forward to chairman powell's continued leadership with the fed and considering my final nominated award to michael barr in the near future. that's for folks and thank you for coming in. >> thank you very much.
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>> so the president not taking any questions. you can see the cameras moving out of the oval office, obviously, we talked to cecilia, they're talking about inflation. one of the things is the impact of russian imports and new eu tariffs on top of once, sanction that were already placed on russia and the impact it has had on gas prices here in the u.s. let's get you up to what is happening on the ground. in the east, russia is pushing front lines forward with heavy bombings. richard engel shows us how severe the damage is, reporting from a building that was sheffield overnight, richard. >> russia is making advances here in eastern ukraine. and this is what it looks like, it is a highly destructive
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campaign as russia is moving its front lines forward. the front lines are in towns and cities. this city, was hit last night. this fight is all about range and the weapons strategies primarily an artillery and rock war. what russia has been doing is reigning down rockets, artillery on to towns, cities, villages, to beat ukrainian forces back, depopulate them, cause an enormous destruction. once they've reigned fire, then the russian troops will advance, sometimes a mile or two and every time they advance, they extend the range of their weapons so they can advance a little bit further. several people were killed in this building overnight and ukrainian defenders say they
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need weapons to stop this, advance weapons particularly from the united states, otherwise this brutal and relentless assault is going to continue and help is on the way to a degree. the united states is accepting in weapons, flooding in weapons, including advanced artillery systems that can out range the russians, giving the ukrainians an advantage. the weapon systems coming in, the american artillery can outshoot the russian guns by several miles, which is a significant event. it's what the united states, the biden administration is not sending in really long range fires with rocket and artillery that can go hundred his of kilometers. the biden administration worried those weapons can be used to fire deep inside russian territory and further drag the united states into this war and potentially into a war with russia. also economic help is coming. it's going to be slower. but it is coming with the
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european union overnight facing opposition from hungary, agreeing to dramatically cut oil imports, banning oil imports by sea from russia and european officials say by the end of the year, it will have the effect of reducing oil imports from russia by two-thirds. it will take time for sanctions to bite. they are already in place. these are suspect new sanctions. the weapons from the united states are coming in, but there is a lot of time pressure, because the russians aren't waiting. they are using the artillery. they are using the rockets to do this slow, destructive step-by-step advance every day. >> nbc's richard engel with that reporting. thank you, richard, that will do it for this hour. make sure you join us for christensen reports right here on msnbc. stay right here.
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10-year-old girls who will never turn 11, never graduate, never get a job or have families of their own. today their loved ones aren't just burying their memories. they are burying two lost futures. their pane compounded by the still unanswered questions not just about the shooter's motive. motive hardly matters. about what those sworn to protect didn't do. why law enforcement stood and waited outside the classroom for more than an hour. why they did not protect. we have learned uvalde school's police chief was the one who made that call. investigators say it was his decision alone to hold back city, state and federal officers to wait for additional resources to take down the shooter. officials say he believed it was a barricaded suspect. nbc reached out for comment. but there has been no response and we are now alerting the special forces team acts from u.s. customs

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