The day before the one month anniversary of the Newtown school shooting, Candy sat down with National Rifle Association President David Keene to discuss his organization’s involvement in Vice President Biden’s White House meetings on gun control and the NRA’s opposition to gun control legislation. Speaking to Candy from Newtown, Connecticut senator Chris Murphy made the case for an assault weapons ban.
Former Utah governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) spoke with Candy about their No Labels movement and their hopes of forging greater bipartisanship in Congress in dealing with gun violence and other issues.
Finally, we broke down the week’s news on guns and President Obama’s Cabinet nominees with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R- Tennessee), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D- Maryland), Michael Scherer of Time Magazine and Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times.
NRA President David Keene on the likelihood of passing legislation banning assault weapons
“When a president takes all of the power of his office if he is willing to expend political capital, you don't want to make predictions, you don't want to bet your house on the outcome, but I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress.”
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) on banning assault weapons
“I get it that the NRA is going to use all of their resources to try to stop this thing, but ultimately, the people of this country have been transformed, and these assault weapons and they know it, these are not used by sportsmen and you don't need an assault weapon to kill a deer. You don’t need an assault weapon to do target practice. Sportsmen are not going to have their rights abridged or their ability to enjoy their sport change by having these dangerous military-style assault weapons taken off of the streets.”
Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman on what No Labels hopes to achieve
“If you can imagine 75 Republicans and Democrats, Senate and House members, who agree to meet, check their ego at the door, and sit around a table where they're putting their country first as opposed to party, as opposed to the next election they're thinking about the future when they deliberate about these very important issues, that is the objective.”
Senator Joe Manchin (D- West Virginia) on the need for an all-inclusive approach to stopping gun violence
“We owe it to sit down and talk, but it has to be comprehensive. It can't be just about guns and guns only. It can't be about the mental illness or the lack of mental illness care that we have, and it can't be just about the video violence and the media. I want every NRA member, I want every gun law-abiding gun owner to know, their second amendment rights will not be infringed upon. The same as the first amendment will not be infringed upon, but as adults we have a responsibility to sit down and have an adult dialog and try to have a comprehensive package that works.”
NRA President David Keene: Assault weapons ban not likely to be passed by Congress
Full David Keene interview
Sen. Chris Murphy
Sen. Joe Manchin & Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman: Making politics label-free
Part 1: On gun control
Part 2: On President Obama’s second term nominees