Democratic senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut admitted this morning that "It took me a while to figure out" that belief in gun rights is based on a philosophy:
Host Joe Scarborough said, "Right, exactly. It doesn’t mean we shut down, would the senator suggests we shut down all screening at airports tomorrow because criminals are still going to smuggle things through there?"
"I think what has happened here is you can’t explain the opposition of background checks because the NRA is powerful," Murphy said, according to the Washington Free Beacon. "Essentially what you have here today is a bunch of gun control darwinists, right who just believe natural selection is going to take care of this problem, that if you put guns in the hands good guys and bad guys, then let’s just hope the good guys shoot the bad guys. And they sort of say this, they say 'the only way to stop a bad guy is a good guy with a gun.' You can’t explain opposition to background checks any longer by saying the NRA is powerful. I think a lot of folks who will vote against this on the Senate floor really believe the best way to solve this is throw a mess of guns out and there let the folks shoot it out. It took me a while to figure out there is a philosophy underlying this that allow people to justify being against background checks. It’s not just that the NRA are telling these guys to vote the wrong way but they believe the streets will be safer if criminals have guns and it’s ridiculous."
The son of a mass shooting victim is advocating that government do "something about gun violence"--and he's emailing Americans on behalf of Barack Obama's spinoff noprofit, Organizing for Action. Here's the email from Sami Rahamim, sent from the address email@example.com and with the subject line "I'm doing this for my dad":
Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, said Thursday morning that "people of faith" should come together to fight for gun control against the "gun lobby." In his opening remarks at a press conference on gun control organized by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Hall spoke about the influence of the so-called gun lobby in Washington. "Now, everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby," Hall said. "But I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby." Watch the video below:
It was inevitable that after the massacre in a Colorado movie theater, the matter of gun control would come up and that the president would weigh in on the subject. And, according to this report by Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times, he has:
Patrick Gaspard, the executive director of the Democratic National Party, announced on national television that President Barack Obama "continues to support the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban."
Judge Frank Easterbrook, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, is known for two things: First, he writes some of the crispest, liveliest opinions that the federal bench has seen in decades. Second, he has absolutely no tolerance for nonsense. Both of these traits were on display yesterday, in the Seventh Circuit's newest opinion in NRA v. Chicago.
The NRA was certainly tempted to endorse Harry Reid, as TWS reported, in order to keep a gun-control backer like Chuck Schumer or Dick Durbin from becoming Senate Majority Leader, but the gun-rights group is announcing today that it will not endorse Reid in his re-election bid in Nevada. Why not?