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good morning, america. bill clinton and donald trump face off overnight. >> let's say hillary is president. oy. >> it's kind of scary this year. >> clinton taking jabs at the gop front-runner. and trump on the defensive over that new campaign ad. the east in a deep freeze this morning. the coldest air of the season sending temperatures plunging below zero. windchills even colder. and the west slammed by storms. eight states on alert right now as el nino is set to bring downpours, flash flooding, and mudslides. a wild shoot-out on the highway caught on camera. [ gunfire ] a violent chase shutting down one of the busiest freeways in southern california during rush hour. how police finally stopped the murder suspect on the run. ♪ ice ice baby
and a galaxy far, far away on "gma" with "star wars" about to become the biggest movie ever. this morning we take you to one of the hidden worlds where it was filmed. the icy place behind the hottest hit right now. >> and good morning, america. you know -- i love that music. >> i know. >> so many spectacular other worldly landscapes in "star wars." you see it right there. and now people are actually going and flocking there to visit these places. amy on her way to one right now. we're going to hear from her in just a little bit. >> and with amy on a very special assignment, it's good to have tom llamas with us this morning. we begin with the race for the white house. donald trump and bill clinton going head to head on the campaign trail overnight. the gop front-runner going after the former president. abc's cecilia vega is here and, cecilia, the race heating up with just 27 days to go for the first votes.
>> reporter: oh, but who's counting, right? >> exactly. >> reporter: good morning to you. all eyes on iowa. those caucuses right around the corner. a sign this race is hotter than ever, take a listen to this. bill clinton has been in donald trump's direct line of fire for a few days now. but finally, the former president is speaking out for the very first time. overnight, donald trump stirring up this crowd of thousands with a one-two punch. >> hillary, hillary, let's say hillary is president. oy. oh. >> reporter: and just a few miles away. >> it's kind of scary this year. >> reporter: hillary clinton's husband on his first solo campaign trip this election taking some not-so-subtle jabs right back. >> when there is discrimination against african-americans or hispanics or muslims, just because of who they are, i don't like that. >> reporter: bill clinton not mentioning trump by name or his recent tactic dredging up those past scandals. >> this is a woman that has been really an enabler.
and that's not a good situation for hillary. >> reporter: so i asked, donald trump says your past is fair game. i've got to ask you, you keep coming up on the trail with him. is it fair game? and after a long pause, finally an answer. >> the republicans have to decide who they want to nominate. i'm trying to tell now the democrats and the country why i think hillary would be the best president. and i think there's always attempts to take the election away from the people. >> reporter: trump taking his offensive to the airwaves, too. >> he'll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that mexico will pay for. >> reporter: his first campaign ad just released and already under fire. this image of a flood of immigrants racing toward what appears to be the u.s. border in mexico. but it turns out this border, 5,000 miles away in morocco. trump now on the defensive. >> that was just video footage. it's just a display of what our
country's going to look like. we're like a third world country we're a dumping ground. so you can just take it any way you want. >> reporter: for her part, hillary clinton trying to stay above the fray, with a new donald trump strategy in the new year. >> i've adopted a new year's resolution. [ applause ] i'm going to let him live in his alternative reality and i'm not going to respond. >> okay, cecilia, that new year's resolution from hillary clinton and you could feel bill clinton biting his tongue when you asked him that question. >> yeah, he seemed to pause like he seemed to be staying on message yesterday, this might be the bill clinton of the 2016 race. we talked yesterday about how he got in trouble in 2008 for going off message. this time around i think you're probably going to see a more subdued bill clinton, at least for the time being. the words that are being used this morning is that he very much knows his role this time around. that he is, in fact, the supporting actor, if she is the star of this show. >> okay, let's talk about that now with matthew dowd, our
political analyst. matthew, you think hillary should make another new year's resolution not to use bill clinton that much. >> i think she should leave bill clinton at home in the course of this. one, we all know he's popular. the problem is he reinforces with the voters that she is part of the past. even if you like that past, it's part of the past. and voters always want the future. the other thing i think is this helps donald trump in the republican primary. it helps him because hillary clinton is despised by republican voters. and it's a bank-shot through bill to get to hillary. that's why i think in the end, in the short term, this helps donald trump. >> so he's attacking bill clinton. meanwhile, you see all these other republican candidates in this final four weeks until the iowa caucuses really starting to attack each other. >> yeah, we're in the time of the thing where it's musical chairs but there's no teacher in the classroom to keep the rules. more chairs have been pulled out. there's limited space to see who can stay in the game. but now, we have green eggs and ham. we have fantasy football. and we're at that time with
limited chairs, and people are trying to dance around and get the last few chairs remaining before iowa and new hampshire. >> the real grudge match, between ted cruz leading in iowa and marco rubio, another 44-year-old cuban-american senator. they seem to be fighting it out for that space right behind donald trump overall. >> yeah, i mean, donald trump is still the dominant character in this race. but somebody needs to be second or somebody needs to be third in the course of this race. and you is have two brand-new senators going at it, as you say, in the course of this. and i think it's only going to get more and more heated as we get closer to iowa and as we leave iowa into new hampshire and the other states along the way. this is going to be a very heated race between the two of them. >> no question about that, matthew dowd, cecilia vega, thanks very much. let's go to robin. >> okay there, george. now to president obama's big push to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. the president addressing the nation later this morning from the white house. announcing actions he hopes will reduce gun violence all this without the help from congress. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas is in washington with details. pierre, what exactly is changing today?
>> reporter: good morning, robin. with the stroke of a pen, the president is potentially greatly expanding the universe of people who should consider themselves as federal gun dealers and as a result require background checks on their gun sales. we're talking about hundreds if not thousands of people who are now selling firearms at gun shows or online. the white house is essentially saying if you routinely get income from gun sales, you should consider yourself a commercial dealer. those who violate this mandate, selling guns with no background checks and without registering with the federal government, are subject to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine, robin. >> what would be the possible impact of this, pierre? >> reporter: well, there's some question as to whether there are enough federal agents to enforce the new guidelines. proponents say this could mean many more background checks on gun purchases catching people who fell through the cracks. opponents say it puts more burden on gun lovers who like to sell weapons. robin? >> okay, pierre, thank you. abc will have live coverage of president obama's announcement on gun control later this morning expected to be around
11:40. >> around 11:40. we're going to move on now to that rough start to the new year on wall street, coming off the worst opening since the financial collapse of 2008. you see the numbers right there. the dow down almost 300 points. our chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis is at the new york stock exchange this morning and, rebecca, worries about china sparked the sell-off yesterday. what is the forecast today? >> reporter: good morning, george. and things seem to be leveling out here a bit this morning. the dow actually opening a bit higher in the green yesterday, after the rough bout yesterday. as you say, sparked by fears of china. at issue is china, as the worl's second largest economy, slowing down. the question is, how much does that have a ripple effect here on things in the united states and on economies around the globe? and how dramatic could that ripple effect be? in terms of jobs, economic growth. the second key is oil. prices were clobbered last year. continuing to be near record
lows. that's great new ifs you're a consumer filling up at the pump. not if you're an energy company or someone with a job at an energy company. there's an old saying here on wall street, as goes january, so goes the year. there are still 18 trading days left to prove that point, george. >> plenty of time. thank you, rebecca. >> always optimistic. that standoff in oregon. authorities and residents there are telling the armed militia men who seized federal land to leave. but they are not backing down. and abc's neal karlinsky spent time inside that wildlife refuge. good morning, neal. >> reporter: robin, good morning. the group has now spent three frozen nights inside the compound which is just on a dirt road back there. not exactly a glamorous place to hold a siege. so far despite calls for others to join their cause, their numbers have not been growing. this morning, for the first time, authorities are publicly telling an armed group of ranchers here in rural oregon to pack up and get out. >> it's time for you to leave
our community, go home to your families, and end this peacefully. >> reporter: the group which now calls itself citizens for constitutional freedom is holed up inside this federal wildlife sanctuary, land they seized while no one was here. this van's been coming and going a lot. seems like some of their supplies. we were allowed inside to see where they sleep and prepare meals and found this man who posted this emotional good-bye to his family before joining up. >> my daughters, maddie and lilly, i love you so much. your daddy swore an oath. he swore an oath to protect and defend the constitution. >> reporter: inside his views were the most sobering of anyone we met. do you fear this could turn into something serious enough that you would not be able to return to your family? >> there's always that chance. i'll tell you right now nobody here will fire that first shot. we will protect ourselves, but that's not what we want. >> reporter: the group says they're fighting for nothing short of the liberation of thousands of miles of federal
land, which they believe should be returned to america's ranchers. their initial cause -- outrage over the conviction of fellow ranchers who turned themselves in to federal prison monday for setting fires on public land -- was just the beginning of a string of grievances. there are no police anywhere near here. so far sources indicated that because the area is so incredibly remote, authorities are in no hurry to do anything but watch and wait, george. >> they could be hunkered down for a long time. neal, thanks very much. we'll turn to the fight against isis and the hunt for this masked man from the terror group's latest execution video. authorities trying to determine the identity of this new jihadi john. and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross here with the details. good morning, brian. >> reporter: good morning, george. u.s. and british authorities today are closely studying this latest isis propaganda video frame by frame, trying to identify the new english speaking executioner who is now taking the place of the terrorist called jihadi john who was killed last year in a u.s. drone strike.
behind the blacks mask the isis 2016 version of evil personified speaking with a british accent. >> and we will continue to wage jihad, break borders, and one day invade your land. >> reporter: since the release of this 10 1/2-minute video which shows the execution of five supposed british spies, u.s. and british officials have been analyzing it in detail. looking at the physical build, the eyes, and the speaking voice and accent of the new isis executioner who calls british prime minister david cameron an imbecile. >> only an imbecile would dare to anger a people who love death the way that you love your life. >> reporter: among the possible suspects is this well-known british radical, siddartha dhar who fled to syria and isis a year and a half ago. >> we are here to put forth -- >> reporter: after he and his mentor, the radical london cleric angem choudary, were
arrested by scotland yard on charges of supporting terrorism. >> the jihad is not a bad thing. >> reporter: dhar was interviewed by abc news correspondent lama hasan in 2014, as he urged young muslim men in london to push for sharia law. >> i think that will be the beginning of the end of the united states of america, of britain, of europe, and, you know, the entire world. >> reporter: a side-by-side comparison of dhar and the new isis executioner is far from conclusive. his family says it's not sure it's him. some reporters who interviewed dhar say it is him. and others say it is not. one person in the video who has been identified by his family is this young, english-speaking boy, who isis shamelessly uses to call for the killing of disbelievers. a london cab driver now told british reporters that that young boy is his grandson, the child of his daughter who went to syria to marry an isis fighter and has used the boy repeatedly in social media propaganda on behalf of isis. george? >> boy, that is just terrific. okay, brian, thanks very much.
let's get today's other top stories from tom llamas, you're in for amy this morning, starting with a nightmare for commuters in l.a. >> that's right. good morning, guys. we start with dramatic video from one of the busiest freeways in southern california. interstate 5 was shut down during evening rush hour as police opened fire, shooting a suspect wanted for a string of violent crimes, including murder. he had driven the wrong way down the freeway and crashed into a car with a family inside. he was rushed to the hospital. he's in critical condition right now. a former south carolina police officer charged in a deadly shooting last april has been released from jail. michael slager was seen on camera shooting walter scott -- you may remember this video -- who was unarmed at the time. slager has been freed on $500,000 bond now under house arrest awaiting his murder trial. overseas growing tensions between saudi arabia and iran are threatening to derail peace efforts in syria. the tensions stem from saudi arabia's execution of a shiite cleric which outraged iranians. and led to sunday's attack on
the saudi embassy in tehran. the saudis have now cut all ties to iran stopping trade and grounding flights and today kuwait became the latest saudi ally to cut diplomatic ties with tehran as well. a big scare on the sidewalk for these people in turkey. take a look. suddenly an avalanche of snow comes crashing down from a roof sending pedestrians running to escape. two women were buried but others rushed in to dig them out. surprisingly, everyone is doing okay this morning. finally a family in idaho woke up to a loud crash. they feared it was a burglar. instead, it was this. a giant elk. the 600-pound animal had fallen through a basement window into the kids' playroom. the elk apparently a billiards lover, it took 2 1/2 hours to coax it out of the house. it finally scrambled up the stairs and ran outside to join its herd. it's so funny. the father of that family said he went downstairs terrified. turns on the lights and sees that giant elk and took off running. put the kids in the bedroom and called 911. >> 600 pounds.
>> 600 pounds, yeah. >> did a number on that staircase, too. >> 8 ball in the corner pocket with the antler. let's move on to bill cosby and that growing scandal. his wife now set to testify tomorrow in a lawsuit filed against the comedian. but she is fighting back taking emergency action to stop it. abc's ryan smith is here with the very latest. good morning, ryan. >> reporter: good morning to you, lara. camille cosby's lawyers are on the offensive hoping one last effort will keep her out of her husband's fray. this morning, camille cosby fighting back. filing this emergency motion to delay her deposition scheduled for tomorrow. mrs. cosby hoping to avoid court after a decision forcing her to testify in a defamation suit filed by seven women who accuse her husband of drugging and sexually assaulting them decades ago. in this emergency motion, mrs. cosby, concerned she'll be forced to share intimate details of her marital life, including her husband's sexual proclivities, attaching this e-mail claiming the plaintiff's
attorney threatened to get the u.s. marshal to secure her attendance. camille cosby has only made one public statement since dozens of womens have come forward with accusations, defending her husband of nearly 52 years calling bill cosby the man you thought you knew. a man now facing criminal charges. >> he is in good spirits and he has confidence in his legal team's ability to bring about justice for him in this case. >> reporter: just last week, days before the statute of limitations was set to expire, the embattled comedian was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a former temple university employee at his pennsylvania home in 2004. cosby consistently denying the allegations against him and currently out on $1 million bail. if she loses the motion camille cosby may be out of options to avoid testifying at that deposition. as for the criminal case against bill cosby he's charged with aggravated indecent assault. his next court date january 14th. if convicted he could face up to ten years in prison, guys. >> what do you think will happen with camille cosby? >> reporter: well, it's
interesting. i think if the judge sees merit to her argument, he will let her stop this while he decides it. and then day do the deposition later if he rules against her. it will be interesting. >> ripe, thank you. now to that deep freeze gripping the east this morning. it is chilly here and those storms are lashing the west coast. rob has all that and snow is creating some driving problems too, right, rob. >> yeah. brutal cold stuff. yesterday, we had streamers of lake-effect, even ocean-effect snow across much of the northeast. as a matter of fact, here's one of those streamers and the impact it had across pittsburgh. just an inch or two of snow caused multiple accidents. because it's so cold, cars going over that roadway and refreezing some of that melted snow. but right now, it's minus 6 in boston. the wind chill. it's minus 3 in new york city. flash flood watches out for california for one system, two systems and another one behind this so we're looking at anywhere from 4 to maybe 8 inches of rainfall, flash flooding could be an issue there.
good soggy morning i am meteorologist mike nicco with the forecast. the showers are tapering by noon. still a slight chance this afternoon. heavy rain and gusting winds tomorrow morning with the strong of the storm coming in this and light showers through thursday. we will have winds at 50 miles per hour tomorrow and downed trees and power lines so tomorrow's storm is a (3). lingering showers on thursday and for sure on friday it is dry a slight chance and coming up on "gma" the
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♪ ice ice baby we want to show you some beautiful pictures. welcome back to "gma." that is one of the most memorable locations from "star wars." can't give anything away, but if you've seen the movie, you know what we're talking about. it's a real tourist destination now. and this morning, we're going to take you to another one of the spectacular spots. look who's there! amy robach is there. and that's where part of the blockbuster film was filmed. >> she's all bundled up but that could be here this morning. >> that's true. >> she might as well. green screen in times square. also right now former president bill clinton officially hitting the campaign trail for hillary, taking on that anger unleashed by donald trump. and overnight, the st. louis rams, san diego chargers, oakland raiders all submit applications to relocate to los angeles. nfl owners are meeting next week
they could pick two teams to move. >> it's still hard to believe there's not an nfl team in that market. we begin with ethan couch, the texas teen in a detention center in mexico after skipping probation. fleeing with his mom. this morning we're learning about his life on the run before being captured. his mother heads to court. abc's matt gutman has the latest. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, robin. tonya couch, ethan's mother will be in this courthouse this morning. adds we're learning that her son, that high-roll texas teen not living a low-profile lifestyle as a fugitive in mexico, allegedly drinking heavily, using drugs, and piling up a giant tab at a strip joint. ethan couch may have changed his look in mexico, dyeing his hair, but he may not have changed his ways. staff at a puerto vallarta strip club called harem telling abc news that before his capture in the resort town, the affluenza
teen was reportedly boozing it up there. racking up a $1,000 bill with lap dancers at harem, a favorite of drug lords, including el chapo guzman. when he allegedly couldn't pay all of his bill, bouncers escorted the teen, who had been convicted of killing four if a 2013 drunk driving crash, back to his resort. there, we're told, his mother paid the tab. this morning couch is in a much more sober place, this immigration detention center in mexico city which we visited in 2001. there mostly central american migrants are four to a room. couch is fighting his deportation back to the u.s. investigators say ethan couch and his mother, tonya, fled to mexico in december allegedly skipping probation when this video purportedly showing him at a drunken party went viral on twitter. family members of his victims disgusted. >> saw kind of the details of it and my son and i just looked at each other and we were like, really? what a stupid plan. you know, i mean, for an escape
plan that's -- wasn't well thought out. >> reporter: this morning, his mother, tonya, is facing extradition from los angeles to texas. she faces two to ten years if convicted of helping her son get away. we're learning that tonya couch should be walked into this courthouse shackled this morning. but she's not expected to fight extradition, which h will send her back to face a judge in texas. robin? george? >> all right, matt, thank you. we move on to the netflix series "making a murderer," generating buzz and petitions calling for the convicted killers at the center of the story to be pardoned raising questions about whether evidence was planted. but the prosecutor in the case is fighting back, saying the producers left out key evidence. we'll hear from him in a moment after this report from abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: the netflix series "making a murderer" has hundreds of thousands in an uproar after watching the story of steve avery. >> hello, dad. >> reporter: who was freed after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
not long after avery is arrested for the murder of teresa halbach, a young photographer whose charred remains were found on his property. >> he wanted us to help him get rid of the body. >> reporter: the series showcases riveting courtroom testimony questioning the state's evidence against avery and his then teenage nephew. >> because i didn't really do it. >> reporter: the defense attorneys suggest he was framed. >> you're hearing the evidence of the conspiracy. >> reporter: avery and his nephew were convicted of halbach's murder and sentenced to life in prison. >> nothing in your life suggests that society would ever be safe from your behavior. >> reporter: now outraged viewers want them freed. more than 200,000 people have signed a petition on change.org and another 30,000 are asking for presidential pardon for avery and his nephew. >> we wanted to present as many sides as we could. but at the same time, we also wanted to tell a compelling story. >> reporter: but in a statement to abc news, prosecutor ken
kratz alleges important evidence was left out of the documentary. evidence like avery had drawn a torture chamber while in prison, that avery called the victim's job to specifically request halbach the day she died. and that he called her cell phone three times, twice using the star 67 feature to hide his identity. the filmmakers say they were always concerned with fairness and accuracy. >> from my perspective it's a fair representation of what we witnessed going on. and that the prosecution and the victim's family have voices in this series. we hear them talking about how they're feeling. we hear the prosecutor talking about why he thinks his case is strong. >> reporter: when abc news approached netflix, we were told there was no further comment. for "good morning america," linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> thanks, linsey. we are joined by the former prosecutor at the center of that case, ken kratz. thanks for joining us. we outlined in the piece some of the evidence you believe was left out.
why do you think they left it out? >> obviously this wasn't a documentary at all. this was a defense piece. it was generated by and for steven avery by his defense team. it wasn't until netflix decided to repackage this as a documentary that both sides were invited to participate. and so if some of the evidence that was selected, i would call it handpicked or cherry-picked over an 18-month period, didn't fit with the narrative or the conclusion that mr. avery was the product of a conspiracy or some planting of evidence, it's my belief that the filmmakers just wouldn't include that information. my biggest concern about this whole process was their decision then to call it a documentary. >> you think steven avery should have a new trial? >> this docudrama i think it's called, itself is not going to form the basis of a new trial.
it doesn't matter how much attention it receives, unless there's a legal challenge that comes forth, there shouldn't be any reason for a new trial. >> the filmmakers also included information about you in the documentary. something we covered in years past that you were forced out of office because of a sexting scandal. do you think that was relevant and is that why you didn't participate in the film? >> well, that part of the case is rather disturbing. they included some problems that i engaged in which were deplorable. there wasn't any excuse for that kind of behavior. but they happened three years after the conclusion of the avery case, and so the relevance didn't make any sense to me, and really a lot of the people that had watched it. they don't have anything to do however with the steven avery case. the filmmakers knew that and to include it, i think, was unfair. >> finally several hundred thousand people have petitioned president obama to pardon steven avery. what do you say to them?
>> well, as i understand, the president, since it's a state case, wouldn't have any pardon opportunity. and i doubt that any executive officer, whether it's the president or the governor, is going to weigh in on this in any substantial way. it's unfortunate, however, that the victim's family really has to go through questions and this kind of nonsense that law enforcement is responsible for the death of their family member rather than those that were convicted of the crimes. >> mr. kratz, thanks for your time this morning. >> all right. george, have a good day. >> he's right about that. the president really has no grounds for stepping in here. >> a lot of people are talking about this documentary. coming up caught on camera, a woman escaping from a carjacker. how she was finally able to break free. wait till you see this video. come on back.
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will break visitor records, too. >> this year we're expecting it to grow. >> reporter: not the first time they set a scene on screen. remember this hot and steamy scene from "game of thrones"? it took place here a small lava cave in northeast iceland. filmmaker christopher nolan subbed iceland for outer space in 2014's "interstellar." >> bond, james bond. >> reporter: and who could forget the master of spies, 2002's "die another day," shot at this glacial lake in the north, one of iceland's biggest tourist attractions. but guys, i'm not just here to do a movie location tour of iceland. we have something much bigger planned in the land of fire and ice. more on that coming up in our next hour. back to you in new york. >> so many things happening there. >> it's a beautiful, beautiful place. we took the girls there. last summer. had a great time. >> did you go into the blue lagoon? >> of course we did. you can't miss that. >> it's like good for your skin, right? and there is a certain scent.
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♪ ice ice baby into the ice. we're hours away from a daring live adventure. the world's most elite climbers plunging you into a stunning hidden world. we're about to launch one blockbuster journey live. ♪ bang bang into the room all that and look who's here live as we say -- >> good morning, america. >> it's great to have john here with us. what's the over and under on how many times we're going to hear "ice ice baby"? this morning? it is a beautiful day here. >> still love it. >> and you can see amy is there at the famous blue lagoon. >> oh. >> ooh. iceland. >> oh! >> amy. >> it's the starting point of a marvelous adventure in the land of fire and ice. >> is that a wet suit? >> she just went full clothing. >> okay.
and she was preceded by our "gma" expedition team. they spent days getting ready to pull this off and we're going to talk to amy as she gets ready to take us into that ice, one of the great hidden worlds on this planet with some help from one of the world's most elite climbers and drones, as well. >> well, with ginger on maternity leave -- >> someone's got to do it. >> she's like, i'll go, i'll go. we're like, okay. >> oh, darn it. can't wait to see more of that. also we're breaking bad habits and trying to turn them into good ones for 2016. is it time to go on the digital detox? that is the question. keep your devices from ruling your life. >> yes. >> i think so. i agree. or will that make you miss out on major milestones? dr. besser is with us with easy ways to make it work for you. >> looking forward to all that. let's get the morning rundown from tom llamas. >> good morning, again, guys. the big story this morning, president obama is bypassing congress to tighten gun control regulations. this morning the president will announce executive orders that will require background checks at gun shows and online sales. he also wants to spend more
money on mental health treatment and boost funding for the atf and the fbi. the president is expected to speak around 11:40 eastern this morning. we will carry his remarks live here on abc. we turn to breaking news. the associated press report an unknown number of u.s. troops have been injured or possibly killed in helmand province in afghanistan. abc news has confirmed at least one american service member was killed in the attack. details unclear. abcnews.com will keep you posted throughout the day though. tom? and a new poll finds donald trump maintaining his big lead in the race for the republican nomination. trump holds a 17-point lead over ted cruz in the latest national poll. and even though senator cruz has enjoyed a narrow lead in iowa, the poll shows trump has the highest support among white evangelical voters, very important. meanwhile, trump is dismissing criticism of his campaign ad that shows this image, morocco's
border while talking about the southern u.s. border with mexico. trump's campaign said they did that on purpose to show the dangers of open borders. and new details this morning about the death of country music singer craig strickland. his wife said he died of hypothermia during a storm while he was on a hunting trip in oklahoma. his body found near a lake. his wife says he dragged himself out of the water before hypothermia set in but experienced no pain during his final moments. his band released a statement saying, "craig was like a brother whose passion for life couldn't be matched." a set of identical triplets are finally home this morning more than a month after their births. little addison, kinsly and savannah harris each weighed barely three pounds when they were born in houston ten weeks premature. but on monday, they were finally healthy enough to go home with mom and dad. >> we have done a lot of planning. we've prepared it for awhile now. we did deliver a little early so it's kind of -- that wasn't too expected.
but, we're just going to go home and try to do our best. >> and good luck. three is tough. mom and dad will use ankle bracelets and color-coordinated outfits to make sure they can tell their daughters apart. that's smart. finally, nothing says sexy like a shirtless former kgb agent. check it out, the creator of a new perfume for men has been inspired by russian president vladimir putin. the fragrance features hints of lemon and black currant and pinecones. the cologne called leaders number 1 is on sale in moscow for 6500 rubles or 95 bucks. some of the proceeds will go to charity. nothing says sexy like vladimir putin. back to you guys. >> i wish you could have seen george's expression as he was seeing that. >> not only did he call vladimir putin sexy once, he did it twice. >> yeah, he did. >> shirtless, kgb on a horse, i'm sorry. for some people that just does it, george. >> that's what i love about you, tom. you're all in. you're all in, tom. thank you. now to one of the most
popular new year's resolutions, slimming down. this morning we have got an exclusive look at "the u.s. news & world report" brand-new list of the best diets in 2016. dr. jennifer ashton is here. how did it come about getting these results? >> not easily. they put together a group of some of the country's top medical and nutritional experts. they evaluated the available data and also gave their insight and opinion and expertise which is important. and then they ranked these diets on a scale of one to five stars. five being the best on things like, sit easy to follow? is it nutritionally balanced? and here we have some of the results. >> all right. so what is the best new diet? >> so, it's called the mind diet. and we see some of the features right here. it reflects the focus on brain health and well-being and is there something we can do in our environment or behavior to stave off dementia, cognitive decline things like alzheimer's. so some of the things are here. you cannot eat things like a lot of red meat or sweets. red wine in moderation.
>> that's another show, okay. >> as soon as we're finished i'll be getting my dose. >> okay. >> there actually have been data and good studies that show even if you don't completely comply to this, that it's good for the brain and good for the rest of the body. >> what is the best diet if you want to lose weight fast? >> rapid weight loss called the hmr diet, this has been around for about 30 years. you do order it, predicated on meal replacement and takes all of the guesswork out of it. a lot of shakes. things arrive at your house. it is a lower calorie diet, and, again, there have been studies that show those people who lose a lot of weight loss up front tend to be more successful longer term. >> really? >> a little bit. >> okay. i didn't realize that. all right, so what is the best diet overall, jen? >> big winner, it's called dash. year after year, there's good medical and nutritional data to support it. initially designed to reduce blood pressure and again sensible things, we know what should be on this diet and what shouldn't be. and this is really the winner
year after year. >> even though you're holding a glass of wine, you're getting your masters in nutrition, aren't you? >> yes, i'm almost finished. >> so what is your advice? >> well, look, these all look relatively similar because they're based on well-rounded meals, smaller portions, a lot of color on the plate. things need three ss, i say it needs to be safe medically and nutritionally. it needs to be simple. and it needs to be sustainable. because the data shows a lot of these diets are effective the short term. it's whether or not you can keep the weight off long term, that's the holy grail. if you make it a habit, it's not that difficult. >> all right. >> cheers, robin. >> i'll take this from you. you know she's going to take your questions throughout the morning, tweet her @drjashton. that's why i took this away. you have to be sober. post your questions also an "gma's" facebook page. lara? >> thank you, robin. >> here's what's coming up on our "gma morning menu," the miss universe runner-up is speaking out now for the very first time on tv. as steve harvey reveals what was really going on behind his big mixup.
and is it time for digital detox? dr. b. is with us to talk about how to keep those devices from ruling your life in 2016. then a "pop news" mystery, who is the father of bridget jones' baby? maybe john krasinski knows. he's here. come on over. john krasinski in the house. we're not going outside. it's freezing here in times square, but it's hot in the studio, so stay with us on "gma." we'll be right back. rig vitamints. a vitamin you enjoy like a mint. with a full spectrum of essential nutrients... surprisingly smooth, refreshingly cool. i see you found the vitamints. new centrum vitamints. a delicious new way to get your multivitamins.
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>> oh, yeah. she is, in fact, speaking out for the very first time on tv. runner-up, miss colombia is talking about how she really feels about that on-air flub that gave her the crown then took it away in just a matter of moments. >> i have to apologize. >> reporter: it was the ultimate slip-up. steve harvey announcing the wrong miss universe winner. >> the first runner-up is colombia. >> reporter: now in a new interview from univision, miss colombia speaking out for the first time on tv sharing how difficult that moment really was. [ speaking a foreign language ] saying, "i went up to my parents' room and obviously i was very sad. i was in bad shape. i was crying. i cried a ton that night." sharing her distaste for how the whole situation was handled. "in four minutes they destroy your dreams, they throw it in a bag and throw it in the trash. they could have done it another way. i feel like it doesn't matter to them. the feelings of a girl who has worked her whole life for a
dream." steve harvey also finally speaking out on his morning radio show, denying rumors that this might have been some sort of publicity stunt. >> why the hell would i do that? i'm already famous. do you really think i wanted to be famous like this? >> reporter: describing the moment after his crowning mistake as chaotic. >> now, i got a guy in my ear going, we gotta do something. we got to do something. that's all i'm hearing. it's utter confusion, everybody backstage. so i took it upon myself and i walked out there to do something. >> reporter: the miss universe organization telling abc news overnight that the teleprompter did not have the winner's name and just read, "and the winner is --" then, when harvey saw the card, he was confused. harvey taking full responsibility for that mistake. >> did i make a mistake? yes, i did. wholeheartedly. and at this point in the game,
i'm not in the finger-pointing business and rolling other people under the bus. >> reporter: and while many including miss colombia have suggested the option of sharing the crown, miss philippines thinks otherwise. >> i think it would be a little bit difficult for two girls to share a crown, but i have high hopes that this will give great opportunities for me and miss colombia and the rest of the contestants. >> so now i believe we've heard from everybody. >> okay, i agree with steve harvey. in no way did he do that on purpose. >> there's no way he would want to. >> he doesn't benefit from that at all. and you know what, he flat out -- look, he made a mistake. >> absolutely. >> it happens. >> i was just explaining to you guys having done miss america and hosting it, they put in the prompter and the winner is, you have a card. they do say first runner-up, second runner-up. you're never supposed to say the first runner-up's name because then you'd know who the winner was, so if i was doing it over again, i would say just put second runner-up. leave out the first runner-up and then have the winner. does that make sense to you?
>> if you're not going to say her name anyway. >> you're not going to say her name ever, because then you would know who the winner was. >> i guarantee they'll make it a lot easier next time around to make sure this never happens again. >> this will never be a story again. this will be -- >> famous last words. >> yeah, yeah. >> and we won't hold you to it, lara. now to those new year's resolutions and how you can break up with bad habits. this morning, it's all about the digital detox. one woman giving up social media for an entire year. could you do it and should you? abc's mara schiavocampo has the story. >> reporter: darla bunting has one ambitious new year's resolution. >> i'm giving up social media for an entire year. >> reporter: she's going on a digital detox. for the next 365 days darla vows not to use facebook, instagram, snapchat, or twitter. >> five minutes here or there turn into hours just scrolling. >> reporter: the 30-year-old education entrepreneur says she
was on social media for up to five hours a day and only realized how obsessed she was after giving it all up for one month last year. >> i am walking to the bus stop. i pull out my phone. i need a break from work, i pull out my phone and i'm scrolling. >> reporter: but this year she wanted a harder challenge. >> i have to be honest, it's not easy. i had to delete the apps off my phone. >> reporter: levi felix is the founder of digital detox, a company that offers phone-free retreats to help people disconnect. >> our mission at digital detox is to help people reclaim their lives off the screen and gain mindfulness around how much they're using their devices and when it's okay to turn it off. >> reporter: the retreats offering activities like yoga, art, and meditation. >> humans should be looking into themselves for happiness and the moment we can start slowing down and say, oh, i don't need a like to feel great, that's when we're all feeling more connected to each other. >> reporter: as for darla, she has a long list of things to do
in 2016 that don't include looking at her phone. >> i look forward to going to the gym, saving for a home, spending quality time with folks that i love most. >> reporter: for "good morning america," mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> okay, over there they're -- you're on your phones right now. we're doing this piece, and you all are over there on your phones. can't even -- you saw that? you saw that? >> yeah. >> now, one thing we should add, darla also told us there are some big drawbacks to logging off, especially when it comes to keeping up to date on family and friends who post major milestones like engagements first on facebook. so, she says her detox is definitely going to force her to try and keep in touch more. >> yeah. >> just use the phone there. >> yeah, there's a balance, clearly being connected socially is good for your health, but the amount of time that people are spending on social media, the number of hours is going up and up. but it's not just hours.
if people say to you that you're on it too much, you probably are. it means you're not listening to their conversations. you're not being in the moment. you're always on your device when other things are going on. and if you have kids and your kids are saying to you, you know, dad, dad, dad, you don't hear them, that's another sign that you're on it too much. >> so, these are the signs you're talking about. >> exactly. exactly. >> to let you know that you're on. it goes beyond that. so, if you want to kind of break away from doing this, what are some of the suggestions you have? >> the first thing, you can use your device to help you. there's some apps out there that will track how often you're checking your device. one is called check e and one is called moment. they'll tell you how much time you're spending on there. you can use -- you can turn off your social media notifications because that buzz in your pocket is going to pull you out. if my phone is buzzing, i'm not hearing what you're saying. i'm thinking, who is it? what's going on? what did they post on social media? if you want to try something harder, you can try airplane mode or do not disturb for real free time where you're not
going to be connected. >> okay, if you really want to go hard core, if the you really want to detox, be done with it. >> one thing we talk about have a gadget-free zone at home. you know, places where you eat is clearly a place. don't have it in your pocket because clearly you're going to be reacting to that. go for a walk, go to gym, go to dinner leaving it at home. that would be -- see how you feel about that. that's going to be really hard. >> the reaction of people. >> exactly, then have a cell phone curfew. a couple of hours before bed so you can turn down. i got to say more people have talked to me about this today, everyone is saying, i have to find a way to disconnect. >> i know. maybe not completely wiping it out, but if you really are aware of how much time you're spending and just kind of cut back on it just a bit. and you can use a phone just as a phone. >> exactly. if you're more focused on that post you're going to make instead of being there and living the moment, you've got problems. >> all right, rich. thanks very much. we got a lot of people inside with us, brought them in from the cold. but they're outside with rob, too. rob? >> they are tough, robin.
come on. from north carolina, alabama, people from california. that feels good, doesn't it? no, no, it doesn't. even in florida it's cold. check this out. freeze warnings are posted for parts of the panhandle and southern parts of georgia. 30s and 40s there. but a big warm-up is coming on board. this blast will be short-lived. back in the 40s and 50s. when are you leaving town? >> tomorrow. >> tomorrow. >> tomorrow. >> that's bad timing. good soggy morning i am meteorologist mike nicco with the forecast. the showers are tapering by noon. still a slight chance this afternoon. heavy rain and gusting winds tomorrow morning with the strong of the storm coming in this and light showers through thursday. we will have winds at 50 miles per hour tomorrow and downed trees and power lines so tomorrow's storm is a (3). lingering showers on thursday and for sure on friday it is dry a slight chance of >> i could go for something hot to drink. what do you got there?
>> hot chocolate. >> hot chocolate? it's probably cold chocolate at this point. all right, guys, back to you inside. >> all right. "pop news" time and we begin with a question for you all. who is the father of bridget jones' baby? fans of the books and the movies will have to wait. not even renee zellweger knows. in the third, long-awaited installment of the franchise bridget winds up pregnant and doesn't know who the father is. could it be colin firth or could it be patrick dempsey? yes, mcdreamy subbing in for hugh grant taking a page from the "star wars" playbook producers are doing everything they can to keep the storyline secret, including filming three alternate endings, so not even the actors know the truth until it hits the the silver screen. the premiere is september 2016. >> it worked out for "star wars. >>". >> it's fun. >> yeah, i think it's fun.
and it really did work for "star wars" and renee zellweger has said she thinks it's a great idea. so, looking forward to that. >> what are you doing in september? we're going. there. okay. something not quite comforting is brewing at windsor castle. after nearly 300 years of using the same type of bedding, sheets, blankets, and down-filled quilts called iederdowns, royal management has made the decision to switch to hotel-style duvets. and some are not taking the news lying down. one staff, thank you, thank you, everybody, ginger, that one is for you, baby. staff members telling "the daily mail" that many in the royal household believe duvets are too nouveau, too hotel like and that the use of eiderdowns are a tradition that should be upheld because they demonstrate a certain attention to detail because they're layered throughout the many, many hundreds of years, it's a sheet, it's a blanket it's an eiderdown, and that way kings and royalty and visitors could take off a layer as it is like dressing in layers, thank you to our meteorologist for clarifying. i wasn't sure about that.
>> i didn't have enough today. i can tell you that. >> however, the source did note that they still refuse to use those, and i quote, awful decorative cushions, thank goodness. nothing can throw my day like an accent pillow. >> this is just for the guests, right? they're not going to change things on the queen. >> this is for the guest room so when you go visit next time, you will have to say good-bye to your eiderdown and hello to the duvet. >> lara, why do you have problems with accent pillows? what is it with guys and -- >> they just get in the way. >> because they're annoying. >> they're always in the way. >> no purpose. >> the first thing you do is throw it down. >> there is a purpose. it's a pop of color. >> thank you. >> robin, you and i have had many conversations -- >> endless, endless. >> and, yeah, did you want to go with a red pop, an orange pop? and i believe we chose orange, everybody. >> we did. >> breaking news in "pop news." and then finally, new year. time to conquer those old fears.
good morning, i'm natasha zouves. two people are stuck in a car west of the toll plaza metering lights near the bay bridge. let's go right to sue hall. this is a strange situation, sue. >> i don't know how they got there, but this is a red toyota. it is to the right side and to the west of the metering lights. there you can see the bay bridge there. it's not that slow, but they are behind the metering lights. i don't know how that person got there, but they are experiencing a ten-minute delay in the bay point direction. we have a mud and rock slide on the slow lane just before the tunnel.
good morning, let me tell you about potential problems. the flash flood watch continues for the burn areas until 7:00. and the flood advisory for ponding on the roadways in solano county until noon. the heaviest storm is heading to redwood city and san mateo. we'll have on and off showers with brief, heavy rain. even a thunderstorm is possible the rest of the day. natasha? abc news will air a special
report this morning when president obama delivers his remarks on gun control. that's expected around 8:40 a.m. ♪ you're as cold as ice >> good song. >> they did switch the song. look at those ice drops, just stunning in iceland. see that little drone in the corner, as well. what a great way to start the morning. you got some breaking news. >> what a way to start the morning. this is truly breaking news. this is from mara schiavocampo. talk about 0 to 100. baby porter arrived lightning fast overnight. ten minutes after we got to the hospital. [ cheers and applause ] before we even completed our admission paperwork, any sooner and he literally would have been delivered by the uber driver. he's doing fantastically well. i feel terrific. name and pics to follow. >> love you. >> segment five. >> oh, that is -- i was just asking today when she was due. >> i think that was a little
sooner than expected and quick. she's lucky. >> oh, good for her. >> we love you. >> congratulations. now, let's go to amy in iceland right now. we sent her on an amazing journey to the land of fire and ice. ginger explored the fire last year. now, amy, you're there to see the ice. amy. >> right now i am here at this incredible natural geothermal spa called the blue lagoon. and while it's beautiful, the real reason we're here is to show you how you can see the impact of climate change on a massive scale. the glaciers here in iceland. look at this. we're just getting inside that crater. >> hovering mere feet over 2,000-degree lava. >> oh, my gosh. >> last year we made tv history peering inside the heart of an erupting volcano in iceland. >> 2100 degrees and that lava field is the size of manhattan. >> yes. >> scaling iceland's largest glacier, ginger and her team setting up shop just one mile away from this forbidding wonderland getting a spectacular view where no man has gone before. >> did you just see that? the chunks of ash falling off
the side. >> and while ginger brought the heat, now it's my turn to cool things down. today i'm venturing back to the land of fire and ice. iceland is home to natural wonders like this, the blue lagoon, naturally heated to 102 degrees by the earth's core 6,000 feet below. our mission, using cutting-edge drone cameras to take you live for the first time below the surface of the ice to the front lines of a vanishing wonder, the immense forbidding ice sheets of iceland. in the middle vertical ice drops like this one that can be thousands of feet deep. this smugmug documentary capturing the stunning beauty and treachery of the terrain. only the world's most elite ice climbers are qualified to venture inside helping researchers and scientists understand the dynamics of these melting pots. threatening our very own coastlines, scientists
predicting low-lying lands like florida can be a direct hit from the sweeping snow that's draining into the ocean. but before it's too late, get ready for a breathtaking look as "gma" goes live into the ice. and before i head into the ice, i thought i'd give these magnificent geothermal waters a try here at the blue lagoon. pure research, of course, just research, guys. but it is incredible. you should try it one day. >> looks great. >> it does, yeah. relaxing before the work. >> that's a spa right there. >> even with all the clothes on. >> looks pretty good. make sure and join us tomorrow morning when amy takes us into the ice, something never done before on live tv. into the ice, that's going to happen. now, i know you guys watched "the bachelor" last night. right? >> of course. >> absolutely. >> up all night. >> i got the wink from george with our good friend michelle. >> we were talking about it all morning long but they did promise us a big night of drama on the season premiere of "the bachelor" and i would say they delivered. here's a little recap of the
highlights. michelle collins, comedian, co-host of "the view" is going to take us through it all. you were live tweeting during the show. >> i was. >> tell everybody your thoughts. >> well, first of all, best show on tv, i feel very blessed that i work at abc because this is my "citizen kane." it was incredible. ben, first of all, is so cute. >> he's really nice. he was here yesterday. i'm sure you met him. he's lovely but some of those girls, wow. >> those girls will eat him up alive. he was a sheep looking for his shepherd last night. he was sort of lost. they were completely out of their minds. >> oh, no. i mean there's a hoverboard happening. >> there was a lot going on. i will tell you this, that some of the girls who got out, i know you're obsessed with a girl with a unicorn hat on. >> i didn't understand for one second. >> it's a lot of props. they really believe in it. but there was a girl who brought a real mini horse to -- got out of the limo. and i thought the mini horse had a chance. i was really hoping there was something in his eyes that said maybe this is the one. >> yeah.
>> he ate his rose which was too bad, but there was also a girl who destroyed bread because she doesn't eat gluten, which is a very l.a. move if you ever lived there. >> i said to you, off camera, who is your favorite and you said that you really couldn't choose because they kind of all blended together to you. >> there were a lot of beachy wave. >> beachy waves are the look this year. >> yeah. you look. >> i feel like i am right there. >> it was a game of guess who except everybody had the same hairstyle and face. nobody wins. you can't figure out who's who. there was one girl who stood out for me. >> yeah, you said lace is your early favorite. >> lace is the fave. first of all, she has an american gladiator's name already puts her ahead of the pack. she's a drunk which i love. >> good tv. >> great tv. >> and she doesn't have beachy waves. she's a brunette. >> she had a nice updo actually. she was very cecily strong on "snl." i wasn't sure if she was real. you know, because she's so absolutely out of her mind but
she is fantastic and i believe if the premiere -- what do you call it, kind of season preview is to be believed, she does give a girl a black eye. >> oh, no. >> so everybody needs to start watching "the bachelor." >> i mean do you feel like it's just they're pushing the envelope to a place that people are feeling the need to find unicorn heads? >> i mean, you know, if it were me, i always say if i got out of the limo, i'd be in a wedding gown holding a newborn just like covered in blood. like i'm so ready for you, ben. love me. >> ben, run, don't walk. so all in all, would you say this season will not disappoint? >> it is -- i'm nod kidding you -- best season -- where is my camera? best season of "the bachelor," i'm serious. i'll be live tweeting every week so join me at michcoll, little plug. >> any words of wisdom. i'm sure ben is watching right now. >> for ben? >> yes. >> i mean, you know, just mace. i don't know like how to protect himself. mace and like conceal something. i don't know. >> oh, no. >> i don't know what i'm saying. what time is it?
>> it's live tv. we love you, we love you because you will be live tweeting. we got a new episode of "the bachelor" airing monday night, 8:00, 7:00 central right here on abc, and michelle heading over to "the view," this morning 11 a.m. eastern, also here on abc. we'll get outside, we're not but we'll go outside now to rob for a last look at the weather. >> all right, 12 degrees, windchill of zero. great day to read a book. on that note we want to tell you about a great initiative from our parent company, disney, launching their fourth annual magic of storytelling campaign with first book. it's all about the importance of reading. take a look. >> once upon a time there were children who didn't know the magic of books, they didn't have stories to introduce them to giant characters. now you can give stories that change lives. go to firstbook.org/beinspired to give all children a chance to believe in big dreams. >> that was the one and only steven spielberg narrating. disney is going to donate its
50 millionth book and launch disney read day on february 6th with reading events throughout the country. check that out in your local area. now let's take a quick look at the weather across the country. cold here in the northeast. yeah, snowy across parts of the mountains and rainy across much of california. let's tata >> good morning, i am meteorologist mike nicco. keep the umbrella handy with patience. there will be tapering to scattered showers this afternoon. in the low 50s. downed trees and power lanes ara >> this weather report is brought to you by publisher's clearinghouse. where are you from? >> australia, brisbane. >> warmer here. >> nice and warm. . >> announcer: this is an abc news special report. now reporting, george stephanopoulos. >> good morning, we are coming on the air because president obama is about to speak in the
east room of the white house announcing new actions to take on the epidemic of gun violence in america. last year alone, more than 50,000 incidents of gun violence in this country, 372 mass shootings in which four or more were killed or injured. after the newtown shootings three years ago the president promised to put everything he has into background checks, banning saumt assault weapons, but he's been blocked by congress and even though most americans support more background checks, fewer see gun control as the best way to address mass shootings or terrorism. today the president will announce a series of more modest executive actions he can take without cropping. i'm joined by our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. at the top of the list, pierre, closing what's known os the gun show loophole. >> reporter: exactly george. they're looking at expanding the androgynous who are considered federal firearms dealers.
you should register with the federal government and do background checks on buyers. they think that's a way to greatly expand potentially the number of background checks being done on people buying guns. >> introducing the president, mark bowlen who lost his son daniel at sandy hook. he's part of what's called the sandy hook promise. >> have been blocked by members of congress, some members of congress. president obama made a promise to not give up. i remember standing there with my family and vice-president biden listening to our president speak. and our feelings of despair were replaced with feelings of hope.
and i remember thinking, who's going to help him with this? that's a tall order. so since then, i've come to know and respect and learn from many amazing individuals and organizations who are doing good, smart work in this space, and many of you are right here, right now. many of the folks in the gun violence prevention coalition, including sandy hook promise, have had numerous meetings with vice-president biden and president obama and their top advisers to address this issue, but we can't do it alone, and the president can't do it alone. the thing is, every gun-related death is preventable. and we need your help. we need everybody engaged in this. president obama made a promise as an elected official and a
promise as a father that he would do everything in his power to protect our nation's children, to make our communities safer and curb the loss of life to gun violence in america. so today, we celebrate another example of how president obama and vice-president biden continue to keep that promise. it is with such great honor that i introduce to you, the president of the united states, barack obama, and vice-president joe biden. [ applause ] [ applause ] president obama working his
way through a crowd that includes gaby giffords, a member of congress who was shot and injured in arizona more than three years ago. her husband, mark kelly as well. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you, thank you, everybody. thank you. thank you. thank you, everybody. please, have a seat. thank you. thank you, everybody. thank you. thank you, everybody. please, please, have a seat. thank you so much. mark, i want to thank you for your introduction. i still remember the first time we met, the time we spent
together and the conversation we had about daniel. and that changed me that day. and my hope earnestly has been that it would change the country. five years ago this week, a sitting member of congress and 18 others were shot at at a supermarket in tucson, arizona. it wasn't the first time i had to talk to the nation in response to a mass shooting, nor would it be the last. ft. hood, binghamton, aurora, oak creek, newtown, the navy yard, santa barbara charleston,
san bernardino. too many. thanks to a great medical team and the love of her husband mark, my dear friend and colleague, gaby giffords, survived. she is here with us today with her wonderful mom. [ applause ] thanks to a great medical team, her wonderful husband mark, who by the way, the last time i mar small aside. you may know mark's twin brother is in outer space. he came to the office and i said
how often are you talking to him and he said i usually talk to him every day but the call was coming in right before the meeting so i think i may have not answered his call. which made me feel kind of bad. that's a long distance call. so i told him if his brother scott is calling today, that he should take it. turn the ringer on. i was there with gaby when she was still in the hospital, and we didn't think necessarily at that point that she was going to survive. and that visit right before memori
memorial, about an hour later gaby first opened her eyes. i remember talking to mom about that. but i know the pain that she and her family have endured these past five years. and the rehabilitation and the work and the effort to recover from shattering injuries. and then i think of all the americans who aren't as fortunate. every single year, more than 30,000 americans have their lives cut short by guns. 30,000. suicides, domestic violence, gang shootouts, accidents.
hundreds of thousands of americans have lost brothers and sister sisters or buried their own children. many have had to learn to live with a disability or learn to live without the love of their life. a number of those people are here today. they can tell you some stories. in this room right here, there are a lot of stories. there's a lot of heartache. there's a lot of resilience. there's a lot of strength. but there's also a lot of pain. and this is just a small sample.
the united states of america is not the only country on earth with violent or dangerous people. we are not inherently more prone to violence, but we are the only advanced country on earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. it doesn't happen in other advanced countries. it's not even close. >> greg: as i've said before, somehow we become numb to it and we start thinking that this is normal. and instead of thinking about how to solve the problem, this
has become one of our most polarized partisan debates. despite the fact that there's a general consensus in america about what needs to be done. that's part of the reason why on thursday i'm going to hold a town hall meeting in virginia on gun violence, because my goal here is to bring good people on both sides of this issue together for an open discussion. i'm not on the ballot again. i'm not looking to score some points. i think we can disagree without impugning other people's motives or without being disagreeable. we don't need to be talking past one another, but we do have to feel a sense of urgency about it. in dr. king's words, we need to
feel urgency right now because people are dying and the constant excuses for inaction no longer do. no longer suffice. that's why we're here today. not to debate the last mass shooting but to do something to try to prevent the next one. [ applause ] to prove that the vast majority of americans, even if our voices aren't always the loudest or most extreme, care enough about a little boy like daniel to come
together and take common sense steps to save lives and protect more of our children. i want to be absolutely clear at the start. i've said this over and over again. this also becomes routine. there's a ritual about this whole thing that i have to do. i believe in the second amendment. it's there written on the paper. it guarantees a right to bear arms. no matter how many times people try to twist my words around, i taught constitutional law. i know a little bit about this. i get it. but i also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the second amendment.
think about it, we all believe in the first amendment, the guarantee of free speech, but we accept that you can't yell "fire" in a theatre. we understand there's some constraints on our freedom in order to protect innocent people. we cherish our right to privacy, but we accept that you have to go through metal detectors before being allowed to board a plane. it's not because people like doing that. but we understand that that's part of the price of living in a civilized society. and what's often ignored in this debate is that a majority of gun owners actually agree. a majority of gun owners agree
that we can respect the second amendment while keeping an irresponsible law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. today, background checks are required at gun stores. if a father wants to teach his daughter how to hunt, he can walk into a gun store and get a background check, purchase his weapon safely and responsibly. this is not seen as an infringement on the second amendment. contrary to the claims of what some gun rights proponents have suggested, this hasn't been the first step in some slippery slope to mask confiscation. contrary to claims of some presidential candidates apparently before this meeting,
this is not a plot to take away everybody's guns. you pass a background check, you purchase a firearm. the problem is some gun sellers have been operating under a different set of rules. a violent felon can buy the exact same weapon over the internet with no background check, no questions asked. a recent study found that about one in 30 people looking to buy guns on one website had criminal records. one out of 30 had a criminal record. we're talking about individuals convicted of serious crimes, aggravated assault, domestic violence, robbery, illegal gun possession. people with lengthy criminal histories buying deadly weapons all too easily. and this was just one website within the span of a few months. so, we've created a system in which dangerous people are allowed to play by a different
set of rules than a responsible gun owner who buys his or her gun the right way and subjects themselves to a background check. that doesn't make sense. everybody should have to abide by the same rules. most americans and gun owners agree. and that's what we tried to change three years ago after 26 americans, including 20 children, were murdered at sandy hook elementary. two united states senators, joe manchin, a democrat from west virginia, and pat toomey, a republican from pennsylvania, both gun owners, both with a grades from the nra, that's hard to get, worked together in good faith consulting with folks like
our vice-president who has been a champion on this for a long time to write a common sense compromise bill that would have required virtually everyone who buys a gun to get a background check. that was it. pretty common sense stuff. 90% of americans supported that idea. 90% of democrats in the senate voted for that idea. but it failed because 90% of republicans in the senate voted against that idea. how did this become such a partisan issue? republican president george w. bush once said, i believe in background checks at gun shows or anywhere to make sure that guns don't get into the hands of people that shouldn't have them. senator john mccain introduced a bipartisan measure to address the gun show loophole, saying we need this amendment because
criminals and terrorists have exploited and are exploiting this very obvious loophole in our gun safety laws. even the nra used to support expanded background checks, and by the way of most of its members still do. most republican voters still do. how did we get here? how did we get to the place where people think requiring a comprehensive background check means taking away people's guns? each time this comes up, we are fed the excuse that common sense reforms like background checks might not have stopped the last massacre or the one before that or the one before that. so why bother trying? i reject that thinking. [ applause ]
we know we can't stop every acts of violence, every act of evil in the world. but maybe we can try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence. some of you may recall at the same time that sandy hook happened a disturbed person in china took a knife and tried to kill with a knife a bunch of children in china. but most of them survived because he didn't have access to a powerful weapon. we maybe can't save everybody,
but we can save some. just as we don't prevent all traffic accidents but we take steps to try to reduce traffic accidents. as ronald reagan once said, if mandatory back ground checks could save more lives, it would be well worth making it the law of the land. the bill before congress three years ago met that test. unfortunately, too many senators failed theirs. [ applause ] in fact, we know that background checks make a difference after connecticut passed a law requiring background checks and gun safety courses, gun deaths decreased by 40%. 40%. [ applause ]