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Incoming NRA President Oliver North. Screenshot: Fox News Sunday

Stakeholders from both sides of the issue of gun control took to the Sunday shows this morning to make their case about what is to blame for America's gun violence problem.

The bottom line: Despite another school shooting this week in Santa Fe, Texas, Republicans and Democrats don't seem anywhere near close to agreeing on how best to address America's issues with gun violence.

Incoming NRA President Oliver North
  • North appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
  • "The disease in this case isn't the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence."
  • "If you look at what has happened to the young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten."
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
  • Patrick appeared on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
  • "Remember, we cannot sit back and say it's the gun. It's us as a nation."
  • "Here's the reality: [guns] are a part of who we are as a nation. It is our Second Amendment. You know, it talks about a well-run militia, the Second Amendment. Our teachers are a part of that well-run militia, by the way."
Sandy Hook Promise founder Nicole Hockley
  • Hockley, who lost her son in the Sandy Hook shooting, appeared on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
  • "For that one student that I heard after the Santa Fe shooting saying 'I wasn't surprised' ... if that's the environment that our kids are now being brought up in, then we are doing something very tragically wrong."
  • "This isn't just about school shootings. This is about shootings everywhere. This is happening in every community, every day."
Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Sanders appeared on NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.
  • "It is unspeakable — it really is — to see the kids all over this country who go to a place where they should feel safe, where they could focus on learning, you know, are now worried about the things we saw in Texas or in Florida a few months ago."
  • On why Congress can't pass gun laws: "It's a three-letter word. Its the NRA. And it's Trump and the Republicans who don't have the guts to stand up to these people — and that's pretty pathetic."

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DOJ cites discrimination in lawsuit against Texas over voting districts

Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers remarks at the 2021 Tribal Nations Summit at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Nov. 15, 2021. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Department of Justice on Monday filed a lawsuit against Texas, alleging Republican state lawmakers discriminated against Black and Latino voters and "again.. diluted the voting strength of minority Texans" when they approved new redistricting maps.

Why it matters: A DOJ assessment of the new districts found that they violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference.

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Biden to warn Putin U.S. will add troops in Eastern Europe if Russia invades Ukraine

Putin meets Biden in Geneva. Photo: Peter Klaunzer - Pool/Keystone via Getty

President Biden will warn Russian President Vladimir Putin when they speak on Tuesday that if Russia invades Ukraine, the U.S. is prepared to increase its troop presence, capabilities and military exercises on NATO's "eastern flank," a senior administration official told reporters.

Why it matters: The administration believes it's increasingly likely that Putin will order an invasion.

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U.S. announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

An Olympic-themed sculpture in Beijing on Dec. 1. Photo: Hou Yu/China News Service via Getty Images

The U.S. announced Monday that it will not send officials to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in protest of human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Why it matters: The diplomatic boycott — which won't prevent American athletes from competing — marks a major escalation between the U.S. and China amid already heightened tensions over the CCP's treatment of Muslim minorities, military threats to Taiwan and economic tariffs.