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
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“In an age where elites embrace defunding the police, when homelessness runs rampant, when gangs dominate entire communities, and when radical district attorneys refuse to prosecute violent crime in cities across America, rarely has the Second Amendment been more necessary to secure the rights of our fellow citizens.”
Senator Ted Cruz
“It requires a sick soul to drive a truck into a crowded sidewalk, to plant a bomb at a marathon, or to fly a plane into a building. It requires a sick soul to open fire in a movie theater or in a church or in a school. A speeding automobile in the hands of a madman is deadly, as is a jet airplane. Tragedies like the events of [last] week are a mirror forcing us to ask hard questions, demanding that we see where our culture is failing. Looking at broken families, absent fathers, declining church attendance, social media bullying, violent online content, desensitizing the act of murder in video games, chronic isolation, prescription drug and opioid abuse, and their collective effects on the psyche of young Americans is both complicated and multifaceted. It’s a lot easier to moralize about guns and to shriek about those you disagree with politically, but it’s never been about guns.”
Senator Ted Cruz
No one blamed airplanes for Sept. 11, 2001. It was the terrorists.
Don’t focus your blame and anger at an inanimate object.
Be mad at any school administrator or staff that props open or allows unlocked doors.
Be mad at school boards and politicians who have not yet fortified their community school doors. Be mad at the society that celebrates fatherless families. Be mad at the culture that mocks religion and forces any semblance of God out of schools.
Be mad at the political groups that devalue life by promoting killing unborn children, even after birth. Be mad at the government that ensures only bad guys have guns in places that hold the most vulnerable treasures, our children.
Be mad at the arrogance of those who have personal armed security around them 24/7 while they defund police. Be mad at all the killers.
The Uvalde shooter chose a gun. He could have picked a bomb, a truck, or fire. I have yet to see the media or the left place the blame on any of those objects when used.
John Cylc is an eight-year U.S. Army veteran focused on conservatism, gun rights and contemporary topics
“So since no one else will ask, I will. Did those children die because most of them were Mexican American and the police didn’t give a d**n about a school [with] predominately brown kids? I mean, because it’s Texas..and if you think everyone who isn’t white is illegal.”
University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler
“Critics note that Uvalde School District Police Chief Pedro ‘Pete’ Arredondo, who reportedly held officers back as 19 children and two teachers were killed by a gunman, is Latino, as is city Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez. Several of the local and federal officers who responded to the scene are also Latino, and many have children in the school.”
The Daily Wire
“Hunter Biden lied on his background check and allegedly dumped a gun near a high school. Seems like the kind of thing a nation serious about gun crimes should be prosecuting.”
“When the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment, they had just finished a war to liberate themselves from tyranny. They didn’t just get back from a hunting trip. This is about your freedom.”
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert
“The vague and ever-changing definition of ‘assault weapon’ is deliberately designed to slowly include all guns.”
“Giving up our rights increases everyone’s vulnerability. It’s the worst way to try and love your neighbor.”
“You will not stop us from advancing the Protecting Our Kids Act today. You will not stop us from passing it in the House next week. … If the filibuster obstructs us, we will abolish it. If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand it. And we will not rest until we have taken weapons of war out of circulation in our communities.”
Congressman Mondaire Jones
“You are one of the leading Democrat voices pushing to defund and ‘dismantle’ the police. And communities burned as a consequence. We won’t let you bully Americans into disarming themselves now.”
Congressman Dan Bishop
“We can’t even process one mass shooting before the next occurs. [Wednesday’s] atrocity in Tulsa happened on the 101st anniversary of the Tulsa Black Wall Street massacre. White Supremacy is clearly a factor.”
New York Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn
“Hate to break it to you, but the shooter was black.”
“Why is our culture suddenly producing so many young men who want to murder innocent people? Could things like fatherlessness, the breakdown of families, isolation from civil society, or the glorification of violence be contributing factors?”
Senator Mike Lee
“If … every kid in America had a loving father in the home, we would have far, far fewer problems that we would have to deal with as a society. I do think there are a lot of problems, but if you could just snap your finger and do one thing, and you did this where the fathers were in the home, you would not even need to worry about a lot of these other problems.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
“I thought we were heading into a constitutional crisis. I think whatever you think of Trump, the fact is that the whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice. It appears to be a dirty political trick that was used first to hobble him and then potentially to drive him from office. I believe it is seditious. … It was a gross injustice, and it hurt the United States in many ways, including what we’re seeing in Ukraine these days. It distorted our foreign policy, and so forth.”
Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr
“On any given day, what Biden says that U.S. policy is and what U.S. policy actually is are no closer than distant cousins.”
“Joe Biden at 35% approval in new poll, 55% disapprove. Apparently there is more to being president than hiding behind Ray Bans and constantly lecturing Americans about how bad we are. It’s not working. A disaster of a presidency.
“Biden Admin’s tepid ‘don’t come’ warnings are CYA 101…a joke that should be followed by [3 winking-face emojis]…like telling a lion how delicious t-bones are for a year and then throwing one in front of him and saying ‘don’t eat that’. Biden set the stage for this chaos. He owns it.”
The nation’s Border Patrol Union (National Border Patrol Council)
“I know there’s been conversation about hardening schools. That is not something [President Joe Biden] believes in.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
“I’m a child of immigrants. When I was a kid, everyone I knew wished they could raise their children in America. Now, everyone I know wishes they could raise their children outside of America.”
The New York Times’s Farnaz Fassihi
“I think I was wrong … about the path that inflation would take.”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
“Very telling that America is expected to dedicate an entire month to celebrating Gay ‘Pride’ every June but only one day in July is set apart to celebrate American Pride.”
“The Catholic Church never had to jump ship. It has always been pro-life. Today, most mainline Protestant denominations are more enthusiastic about defending abortion rights than they were in 1973. In a recent Pew survey, 83% of Jews support abortion in all or most cases, though Orthodox Jews are mostly pro-life and certainly opposed to abortion-on-demand.
“It is sad to note that President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both of whom identify as ‘devout Catholics,’ are champions of the most radical abortion laws and policies imaginable, putting them at odds with science, as well as the Catholic Church.
“Overturning Roe v. Wade will not ban all abortions, so the fight for the life of the unborn will continue. We expect the Catholic Church will continue its noble legacy of offering alternatives to abortion, caring for the women seeking forgiveness for having an abortion, and promoting the pro-life cause from conception to natural death.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue
“We have fathers who aren’t home. We have emasculated our men. Our children are at stake. You notice that these shooters, they have had family problems. The Parkland shooter — 37 times police were called to his home. It’s not the gun.”
Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Sears
“Trans people don’t transition for athletics. We transition to be happy and authentic and our true selves. Transitioning to get an advantage is not something that ever factors into our decisions. … Trans women are not a threat to women’s sports.”
Swimmer Lia Thomas
Lia Thomas would “have never been anywhere near Olympic standard had she stayed competing as a man — which says it all about the threat she poses to the integrity of women’s sport.”
“I don’t plan on coming out for the [national] anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country.”
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler
“The flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to try to voice your objection. … I would never not stand up for the anthem or the flag. … You need to understand what the veterans think when they hear the anthem or see the flag. And the cost they paid and their families. And if you truly understand that, I think it’s impossible not to salute the flag and listen to the anthem.”
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Amber Heard/Johnny Depp trial
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
The mascot of the GoMoond Period Party, the first menstruation-themed event, walks out of the vagina-shaped entrance, in Taipei, Taiwan May 28. Photo: REUTERS/Ann Wang