Debating the politics of gun control
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 6:22
- Date Jul 23, 2012
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I hope that.
Over the next several days next several weeks -- next several months we all reflect on how we can.
Do something about.
Some of the senseless violence that and -- -- This country.
The president in Colorado yesterday after visiting with families victims' loved ones -- the shooting there.
Talking about what comes next let's talk about that with our panel because the debate about gun control almost always -- is part of the conversation as we look in the wake of these tragedies David.
It doesn't seem like bill from the White House or anywhere on Capitol Hill there's really an appetite for reigniting activate.
I don't think so the politics on this has actually been settled for quite some time -- I I think let's look at this historically.
When we did have the debate over gun control in the eighties in the early ninety's you generally -- Republicans on one side who would side with with.
So the Second Amendment and not wanting to infringe upon that you'd have a lot of Democrats.
Who were in favor of more gun control Bill Clinton famously.
Which helped lead to the 1994 Republican revolution if you really look at how that at mid term played out.
Ever since the 2000 election which was the last time a democratic candidate really push for major gun control on the trail.
Most Democrats who have been elected to office in Washington have been very strong Second Amendment advocates.
They have come from culturally conservative areas that's how the Democrats built their 2006 house majority and senate majority.
And have been just as pro Second Amendment if you will as the Republicans so.
While the NRA gets a lot of credit and the gun lobby so called is very strong and definitely it's not gonna let anything happen without a fight.
I think the truth -- you have Democrats as well Republicans who have run saying they don't want to do anything more in terms of passing more gun control legislation.
It most famously last cycle you had senator Joseph -- a Democrat from West Virginia using the -- and to shoot a poster of Obama care on a -- so.
There you have -- it's bipartisan it's been settlement unless there's a public outcry demanding -- I don't think you're gonna see a change.
One of the folks who has been a leader on discussing possibly more control in this area has been senator Dianne Feinstein.
When a play a little bit of what she had to stand FOX News Sunday as well as senator Ron Ron Johnson.
We've got to sit down and really come to grips.
With what is sold to the average citizen in America.
I have no problem with people being licensed.
Buying a firearm.
But these are weapons that your only going to be used them to kill people in close combat.
This is an issue bought guns.
This this is just really an issue about sick demented individuals and it's a tragedy and I I don't I don't think there's a solution here in Washington to solve this problem.
Maybe when she brings -- senator Feinstein brings up that issue about the type of ammunition that was used -- -- do you think that's a conversation -- some people -- -- and having.
Well you know David's right now the Democrats that the dwindling culturally conservative Democrats to.
Support second amendment rights and who are getting voted out of office at a rapid pace.
And the voters themselves who are rapidly supporting that the Republican Party more and more.
As the years -- President Obama doesn't want to alienate any of the ones that are left.
Senator Feinstein is speaking to.
An issue that President Obama.
It can only dance around -- which is that.
-- -- -- types of weapons at -- Colorado gunman you bought.
Or the volume ammunition that he stockpiled none of this is used for sport none of that is used for self defense.
But President Obama pointed to the net at -- -- you wrote.
-- on the paper as his.
Clarifying statement this week.
-- -- a year ago after Gabby Giffords and her constituents were shot saying that he app supports the protection -- second right amendments.
Writes that that allow people to legally buy them this suspect was not a criminal.
He didn't have he -- everything legally and President Obama supports what he did.
And he's not coming out and -- are other Democrats to change those laws.
In -- one independent senator -- and enterprises it's an independent.
Joseph Lieberman has said late this afternoon some comments from him saying.
Charles that nobody wants to take this on because quote the gun lobby is that strong.
Well the problem for Lieberman as the gun -- is a majority of the American people.
It's not a -- that stopping all that is the reason little army strong is because it represents.
Overwhelming opinion in the United States and how do we know that the president United States.
Who had this tremendous opening if he wanted to push the issue of guns after a tragedy of this magnitude could easily have done it.
And he has assiduously stayed away from -- -- casinos.
It's a losing political proposition liberals in the country one gun control Democrats don't.
They normally overlap.
But not on -- Democrats will not go near this because of the experienced.
As you regularly about 1994.
And they don't want a repeat that again -- -- have an election year and I'm going on here.
So you have a lot of discussion on the talk shows you can have none in congress and nothing will happen in terms of legislation.
-- something else Lieberman mention was -- buying all the same mission over the Internet as you mentioned a B said that.
-- that worries him because if that amounts of ammunition is being used to bought.
It should be concerned raising a red flag possibly about terrorism so that might be something to be done about online purchases David do you think they'll be any appetite for that segment of this argument.
I don't know that there's going to be an appetite for it.
But I do think.
At some time if if some lawmakers want to talk about how you.
Legally buying ammunition and guns it's possible to have that discussion without it being as damaging if you make it clear.
That the issue is not so much whether you can buy it but just the venue and the quantities there has been.
Voter approval for background checks and things of that nature and so I don't know that that's the problem but anything and -- -- in this tragedy I think people.
Are walking gingerly around anyway because of the politics of thank you very much --