Monday, January 21, 2013

GOP Senator: Guns Not A Major Issue For American Families

Speaking to CNN's Candy Crowley about President Obama's gun control proposal, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) stated that American families are concerned about the economy, not guns. Crowley tried to explain that "families deal with a lot of things," but that point was lost on the senator. Barrasso also fell back on the argument of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre that everything-including mental health, the media and video games–is to blame for gun violence except guns. Watch:

CROWLEY: I spoke with [White House adviser] David Plouffe in the segment before this. He said that he is confident there are enough vote he is in the House and there are the requisite 60 votes in the Senate to pass universal background checks for gun owners and limiting the clips, those high-capacity magazine clips that can fire off so many rounds to 10 and under. Do you think that’s so? Do you think Congress would pass a ban on those clips with ten or over and a universal background check. Is that going to happen?

BARRASSO: No, I don’t think it will. Candy, that gets beside the major issues that face American families, which are jobs and the economy and the debt and spending. That’s where people are focused. That’s the big anxiety of this country.

CROWLEY: Sure, I agree with you, but as you know, you deal with a lot of things up there and at the White House. People and their families deal with a lot of things. One of the things that’s been out there is gun control of some sort. Something that addresses Newtown, whether its gun control or better access to mental health. You know the president’s going to push that.

BARRASSO: As a doctor, I can tell you the president’s essentially ignored the major issues of mental health and violence in society in the media and video games and he has focused so much on what may be happening at gun shows or on gun shelves and gun stores that I think he is failing to really try to find a solution to the problem of the tragedy of Newtown.

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