Tuesday, January 15, 2013

GOP Rep Against Gun Control Due To Hammers, Hatchets, Cars

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) echoed the argument of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre that everything is to blame for gun violence except guns. Blackburn contended that instead of guns, we should focus on mental health, psychotropic drugs and video games–and realize that those who want to harm others could use "a hammer, a hatchet, a car." Watch:

BLACKBURN: We need to do a couple of things. Number one is to drill down on the mental health issue. Number two is to look at the psychiatric and psychotropic drugs, because that is many times linked to the individuals who carry out these crimes. They are also wanting to make certain that we begin to get in behind these video games. [...] The problem is it could be a hammer, a hatchet, a car.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Let's face it. The NRA is correct in that a gun cannot fire itself. But common sense tells me that a person with a gun is far more likely to harm more people faster that someone without a weapon. Duh! Also, guns can kill at a distance; hammers, hatchets, even cars to a certain degree, require intimacy. This intimacy affords the victim a chance to defend him(her)self. You and I can't be the only ones who understand this, can we?

Jeff Tone said...

On the same day, Adam Lanza in Connecticut killed 20 young schoolchildren and six faculty members and wounded two, while Min Yongjun in China injured 23 schoolchildren, which is bad enough, but killed none. What accounts for the difference in lethality between the actions of these two “bad and crazy people” with murderous intent toward children? One had access to a knife; the other had access to a Bushmaster AR-15 and 30-round magazines.