Week-ends (06/25/16)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Adam Granger

Blake Shelton

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Paul Nehlen

US Supreme Court

Bridesmaid

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“If this is not a political stunt, then why are they trying to raise money off of this? Off of a tragedy? They’re sending out fundraising solicitations like this one: ‘House Democrats on the House floor.’ ‘Your contribution will go to the DCCC.’ ‘$15.’ This one says, ‘$25,’ but ‘if you want you can send us $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000. Because look at what we’re doing on the House floor. Send us money.

“I do worry about the precedent here. I have an obligation as speaker of the House to protect this institution. We are the oldest democracy in the world… And so when we see our democracy descend in this way, it is not a good sign.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday lambasted Democrats’ “sit-in” over gun control, calling it a political stunt aimed at fundraising and suggesting it sets a dangerous precedent for House decorum. The Wisconsin Republican said Democrats took over the House floor Wednesday to boost their campaign coffers — as opposed to out of genuine concern for victims of gun violence, as they claimed.

“I think we need to look right in the face of what these people are that we’re facing: they don’t care about the law. Laws didn’t stop them in Boston, laws didn’t stop them in San Bernardino, where you had every type of gun control law you can have, and they didn’t stop them in Paris, where people can’t even own guns.

“We all mourn for what happened. But we face a terrorist challenge where there on the verge of overwhelming us. What happened this past week is, the president, the whole gun ban movement said, hey, don’t look at terrorists. Look over here. Divert your attention. Take your eyes off the problem, because they don’t want to face the embarrassment of their failure in this terrorist area, and they want to cover their butts and not talk about it.  You can’t save the country with politics. The politically correct policies of the White House are intruding right now in military, terrorism, law enforcement. It’s all being politicized with the politically correct White House nose and fingers in areas they don’t belong.”
National Rifle Association Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said Democrats are attempting to introduce new gun control legislation to “divert your attention,” away from “embarrassment of their failure in this terrorist area”

“I just want to read you some statistics. Every year, more than 100,000 people are victims of gunshot wounds. And we should point out that that number does include suicides as well. According to the CDC, in 2013, more than 33,000 people die from firearms, every single year. Um, isn’t that too many?”
CNN’s Carol Costello
interviewing Erich Pratt, executive director for Gun Owners of America

“Well, what you failed to point out, Carol, is that the CDC also pursuant to President Obama issuing a decree to have them study this issue, they found that anywhere from 500,000 to 3 million times a year, guns are being used in self-defense.

“The fact that 16 to 100 times more often, guns are being used to save lives than to take lives…when the research was done, it actually found guns are saving more lives than are being taken by them. As you look all around the country, Carol, actually you see time and time again that people have stopped mass shootings in their tracks. People, good people with their firearms, like a year ago this month, in a bar like the Orlando bar, in a Youngstown bar, a bar employee, who was a concealed carrier, used his gun to stop a mass shooter, no innocent lives were taken as a result. If that guy was in Orlando, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”
Pratt responding to Costello

“I’m a registered Democrat, but I cannot bring myself to vote for another establishment politician like Hillary [Clinton]. I don’t agree with a lot of what Trump says, but he won’t owe anybody. What you see is what you get.”
Laura Armes, 43, a Bernie Sanders supporter from Beeville, Texas

Die by quicksand, or die by bullet?”
Brady Mitchell, 23, another Sanders supporter, on the Clinton-Trump choice

“This is God’s country. Please don’t drive through it like hell.”
A sign dating to 1932 along U.S. Highway 90 in Hondo, Texas

“Imagine the public outrage had the city posted a sign that said, ‘This is Vishnu’s Country.’”
Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Anne Laurie Gaylor, arguing the sign tells nonbelievers they are not welcome

“Congrats to the @cavs! This team is just the first winner Cleveland will produce this summer!”
The Republican Party’s Twitter account congratulated the Cleveland Cavaliers on Twitter on Monday morning for winning the NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors and predicted more success from the city in the coming months

“Boy, can you imagine, you’re a young kid playing in the United States, you’re from Venezuela, and every time you look at the news it’s a nightmare. … Socialism failing to work, as it always does. … You talk about giving everybody something free, and all of a sudden, there’s no food to eat. And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello! Anyway, 0-and-2.”
Los Angeles Dodgers legend Vin Scully, calling an at-bat for the Milwaukee Brewers’ Hernan Perez

“The head was closing in on me. It was like a stuck-in-a-small-place-and-can’t-get-out panicking.”
Darby Risner, 15, of Trussville, Ala., on becoming trapped in purple Barney dinosaur head

“That’s a first for me … but at least I know how to handle it if it happens again.”
Trussville Fire Department Lt. Vince Bruno, a 33-year veteran, on rescuing Darby

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

You Drank Contraceptives Today and Didn’t Even Know It

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

The War On Cops

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The House sit-in

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

What is she doing?!

You may now bite the groom

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