Antonio Charro talks to Anderson Cooper about helping a victim who he says was shot, possibly in the chest, during the shooting at the Clackamas Town Center mall in Oregon. Charro tried to turn the woman over to see if she was breathing. "I stayed there until a nurse showed up...and she knew what to do," he says.
Reporter's Note: President Obama and the Republicans continue to spar over a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. I continue to write a letter every single day to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
I am pleased to see that you, your fellow Democrats, and the Republicans continue to work your way toward a deal on this whole financial mess we’re in. I won’t believe the cliff is safely past until…well, until it is safely past, of course, but I am feeling guardedly optimistic that you all will come up with some kind of a deal.
To that end, and with no opinion about what sort of deal would be best, I think the most promising sign is that folks on both sides are talking about compromise. Now, I’ll grant you that plenty of people on the left and right hate that word like poison. Compromise. Sounds nice enough, but it certainly sets some folks off.
In some ways, I can’t blame them. Pretty much everyone wants to think his or her opinion is right. That’s why we have opinions, because we think they’re right. Accordingly, about the last thing most of us want to admit is that maybe our opinions need tempering; that maybe, even if we’re generally right, rarely are we absolutely right.
We have to bend. At least a little, and sometimes a lot. That’s how deals are done.
So continued luck as you try to work out this deal; luck not only with the deal itself, but also with getting people on both sides to accept that compromise is not always a capitulation. Sometimes it is the only way to get most of what you want…instead of nothing at all.
Call if you get a moment.
Video taken inside the Clackamas Town Center mall after a shooting shows shoppers leaving with their arms up, per police instructions.
Witnesses to the Oregon mall shooting recount to Anderson Cooper what happened when the gunman attacked.
Kira Rowland heard the shots fired by the gunman when she was shopping at the Clackamas Town Center mall. She describes the chaotic scene.
A woman named Meena says she was in Macy's when she saw the gunman, who was wearing black with a hockey mask covering his face, running through the store. "He was holding, in full view, an assault rifle," she says. When he was out of the store, Meena heard the sound of gunshots.
She tells CNN affiliate station KOIN that seeing the shooter was "surreal," and she thought he was part of a flash mob that was going to dance before she realized he was carrying out an attack on the shoppers in the Clackamas Town Center mall in Oregon.
Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, is opposed to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities because he believes the treaty would give the U.N. power to control parents' decisions for their children in the U.S. Watch both parts of Anderson Cooper's interview questioning Farris about his claims regarding the treaty which was voted on, but not ratified, by the U.S. Senate on December 4.
Critics of a U.N. treaty to protect the rights of those with disabilities say it would give the U.N. control over parents' choices in the U.S. Supporters dispute the claims. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.