Here's What Happens When You Take on the NRA: You Lose

Thursday, September 19, 2013

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan the day of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO. July 20, 2012 (The White House/Wikimedia Commons)

Gun control advocates hope that the mass shooting earlier this week at the Washington Navy Yard will reignite the debate about tougher gun laws.

President Barack Obama has urged Congress to address the issue of gun violence again, but it is uncertain if the shooting on Monday will revive the debate about restrictions on guns or lead to any new legislation.

In April, the U.S. Senate voted against several gun control measures, even with the political momentum that came following the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last year.

Some states, including Colorado, have passed stricter firearms laws, but these laws have sometimes come at a political price. Voters in Colorado recently recalled two state senators who had voted for tougher gun laws in the state. The National Rifle Association supported the recall effort.

The Takeaway talks with one of the Colorado state legislators unseated in the recall election, Senate President John Morse.

See also: Takeaway Poll: Should Starbucks Ban Guns From Its Coffee Shops?


John Morse

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross


T.J. Raphael

Comments [10]

Tony Soprano from NY

Obama only wants inner city AA youths to carry guns and let them off, because they were persecuted 149 years ago. Got a gun, and always will. I dont even have bullets, but I know the dummy in chief doesnt want me to have it. to bad left wing loonies, im armed.

Sep. 19 2013 06:02 PM

Wow around 6:45 of the interview Morse states that "12 people had their right to live extinguished in favor of someone else's right to misinterpret the 2nd amendment. Wow what a myopic point of view I can see why the people of Colorado recalled you.

Sep. 19 2013 05:56 PM

The average number of people killed in mass shootings, when stopped by police, is 14.29 dead.
The average number of people killed in a mass shooting, when stopped by a citizen, is 2.33 dead.
The average number of people killed in a mass shooting, when stopped by an unarmed citizen is 2.6 dead.
The average number of people killed in a mass shooting, when stopped by a citizen with a gun is 1.8.
So the best way to prevent mass shootings with many dead, is to enable armed citizens to be in most crowds.
This is best accomplished by allowing the law-abiding to carry guns.

Sep. 19 2013 03:50 PM

As the number of armed citizens approaches 8%, the likelihood of a mass shooter encountering armed resistance in a crowd of 60 people approaches 100%. John Lott
Thursday 1/31/2013 Federalist Society, Mineola, NY

Sep. 19 2013 03:46 PM
Judy from North west

So much attention is being placed on guns, when it seems that more attention needs to be placed on getting the help needed to the mentally ill, since it's the mentally ill that are doing the shooting. Why is it so difficult to figure that out?

Sep. 19 2013 03:29 PM

" kids in hoodies." No. Almost adult street fighter in a hoody, who chose to stick around and "get even" with a hispanic. He is dead because he was stupid.

Sep. 19 2013 02:45 PM

John Morse wants only the POWERFUL to have guns so that the POWERFUL can rule. He will get his in the end at judgment day.

Sep. 19 2013 01:03 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Clearly, we need to end the debate, because there is none.

The shootings will continue. I have surrendered to the idea that Americans are not willing to give up their guns and their gun hobbies, yet.

I believe many Americans believe they need to hold onto their guns for protection, whether it be from Terrorists, Aliens,Zombies or a kid in a hoody...They want and need that fantasy, more than they want to stop the shootings. They also just like shooting at a range where they can fantasize about killing Terrorists, Aliens, Zombies and kids in hoodies.

Sep. 19 2013 12:42 PM

Here's what happens when you DON'T take on the NRA: We all lose.

Sep. 19 2013 12:34 PM

Pro gun advocates say it would be too difficult to background check all gun owners. Wouldn't it be possible to make it local? Want to buy a gun? Go to your local police dept, fill out the registration forms, have a background check, take a safety course, and get a license. A nationwide data base could be created where licensees' files would be noted when criminal activity occurs even when no complaints are filed. The Navy turned a blind eye to unsafe firearm use and psychological issues. Perhaps if his shotgun had been removed/license revoked after shooting out the tire in 08 this tragedy might have been averted. Yes he might have bought one illegally, but isn't it better to err on the side of caution?
This would also help police when answering calls knowing ahead of time that a gun owner resides in the home, not to mention require the hiring of more police officers/computer techs adding jobs to the economy.
Btw, had an npr driveway moment yesterday when a gun advocate proclaimed all gun owners are in favor of background checks! I found myself yelling "you have got to be kidding!" at the radio.

Sep. 19 2013 11:49 AM

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