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Very much welcome some Republicans push to get a new gun control measure underway isn't viable they say.
Stepped up background checks are an invasion of privacy and joining us now one of the senators who tried to slow down the process by supporting effort to filibuster.
Senator Mike Lee who's here with us today -- is welcome -- great to have you here thank you.
Talk from a -- -- but the fact about what happened during this situation where.
There were a number of your colleagues who wanted to push for this filibuster but ended up.
Essentially caving in and not doing it because they felt that they can go forward.
With some of the elements of this bill particularly the background checks and it passed with a voice vote so.
Why do you think -- -- to this point.
Well the instant thing about it is that they were voting on a bill the centerpiece of which the heart of which is that to -- mansion proposal.
It to -- mansion proposal was not out it hadn't been released it didn't yet exist at the time we cast that vote.
It's an interesting thing that happens here in Washington is that people will vote on something without ever having read it.
That seems amazing and yet at the same time seems to be par for the course when it comes to these bills that.
These guys never seem to read the legislature but that's before -- -- -- they vote anyway yes distressing and it happened just a few months ago on New Year's Eve.
At 1:36 AM we received a bill a 153 pages long.
That raise taxes on Americans by about 600 billion dollars.
At 1:42 AM six minutes later we were called the -- but it passed overwhelmingly with only eight dissenting votes it's the kind of thing that's become all too common Washington and it's got to stop.
What concerns you the most about this particular -- -- about the fact that it's calling war.
You know increased background checks that you believe really in -- isn't is a clear violation Second Amendment an invasion of privacy.
Well -- my concern with that is that it it restricts the rights of law abiding citizens and it does little or nothing to.
Really deter the kind of gun violence the kind of thing that occurred at San Diego which all of us would like to eliminate.
But this is that kind of -- that's confusing.
And -- for the law abiding but it's very easy.
For criminals to get around.
If it's also a problem that when we look at this.
They Lou who who we see that.
Legislation like this can't fix the problem even -- universal background check system can't work as a Department of Justice memo written earlier this year reveals.
And -- it's backed up by universal registration system now this one doesn't do that.
But it sets the stage for.
And Americans are comfortable with even though it's not written this particular measure about the fact that there were would not be a registry of -- in fact it's prohibited by -- prohibited -- -- -- You still feel that this would be going down a dangerous path yes because it's going to happen it's -- there wouldn't move forward assuming this is passed.
And then people will see that it's not working they'll see that were not safer and then they'll say okay we're not safer because we don't have registration.
Because the thing is he can't really track.
Gun ownership without tracking the gun owners and people -- comfortable that they're not comfortable with that any more than their comfortable with the government tracking who they vote for.
Or where they go to church -- how often what books they read and the government shouldn't be tracking what comes people by.
Now we've all heard the stories that fact that.
-- background check would have made no difference in the recent shootings that we've had two talk about and for the nation to grieve about.
But at the same time it's not about background checks alone that's going to fix this problem.
What about the mental health component lot of people are saying this is just not being addressed.
By legislators as a whole -- just seeing this as a band aid to try to.
Take advantage of the moment to trade show the public that something is being done in light of these tragedies.
There are -- -- there's an impulse to do something to pass some legislation we do have to remember that the fact that something needs to happen doesn't always mean that it can be fixed with legislation.
And not all of those problems can be fixed with federal legislation I think thinks can be done -- with regard to mental health.
But you know that the regulation of the practice of medicine and of mental health care professionals -- professionals occurs at the state level.
Not at the national level and I think that part of it needs to move forward there.
I'm open minded on this issue I want to look at any proposal that comes -- that would actually prevent gun violence while respecting the constitution.
And the rights of law abiding -- just haven't yet seen a proposal that would balance all those interest properly and solve the problem in the process.
Quickly what's the next step -- at this point for you.
Well the next step is to move forward with the debate in the senate on this legislation will have a number of amendments.
We'll have votes and we'll see what happens it remains to be seen whether this will have enough votes to pass at the end of the day.
But part of that is because we know -- don't know what the legislation will look like but can we get through the amendment process senator great to see you as always thank you so much for joining us your thoughts thank you.
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