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Congress is ‘scared $hitless’ of gun lobby

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:20 AM
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John Walsh criticizes NRA, says congress is ‘scared shitless’ of gun lobby

John Walsh

John Walsh staring at something inside of a barn. (Photo credit: CNN)

While discussing his new CNN show at a recent press luncheon in New York, iconic crime show host John Walsh positioned himself as an opponent of the Tea Party and National Rifle Association all while throwing support behind universal background checks, The Wrap reports.

“I am the guy that has seen both sides of the issue. I own guns. I’m the father of a murdered child. I’ve done nothing but track violence in America since my son was murdered,” Walsh said. “We have a serious problem with guns in this country. And we refuse to address it. And the NRA’s solution to arm every grammar-school 80-year-old teacher with a gun is absolutely ludicrous.”

He continued his tirade against the NRA and its recent blocking of nearly all gun control measures at the federal level, especially background checks.

Walsh identified the problem with the NRA is that “they’re not a lobbyist on Capitol Hill, they’re a gun manufacturer rep,” and added that Vice President Biden agreed with him that politicians are “scared shitless” of the NRA.

“I said to Joe Biden, ’90 percent of Americans are for a responsible background check for a gun, and you know what this Congress has done? Not voted on it, not brought it to the floor, not introduced a bill,’” Walsh said. “I said, ‘They’re all scared shitless of the NRA, aren’t they?’”

Walsh said the vice president replied, “John, every one of them. Because the NRA will run a tea bagger against you. … They’ll put 5 million bucks against you.”

“I’m a gun owner. I’ve hunted all my life. I hunt quail on my own ranch,” he told reporters. “And I am the biggest advocate for background checks of any gun owner in America.”

Walsh’s new show, “The Hunt,” which will be similar to “America’s Most Wanted” in that it’s about catching fugitives, premieres Sunday, July 13 at 9 p.m.

by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:20 AM
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by Pepperlynn on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:23 AM

Who knows better than John Walsh? He suffered a great tragedy and has dedicated his life to protecting children from harm and mentally ill predators.

momtimesx4
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:28 AM

I keep seeing this brought up: grammar-school 80-year-old teacher

What schools, besides private Catholic schools have 80-year-old teachers working there?

meriana
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 7:52 AM

He's right. They know the NRA would throw their support to the tune of millions behind a candidate that will do what they want which translates into losing an election (and whatever perks go along with the office and any other niceities that other lobbyiests offer/give), if one goes against them. Just another indication of what most of us have known for years. There's too much money/perks being passed around between the politicians, corporate heads and lobbyists.

As for the 80-year-old grammer school teachers...an eggageration to make the point that arming teachers in school is a tragedy waiting to happen.

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jul. 23, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Every state already falls under federal law requiring background checks for all authorized gun retailers. The loophole is simply to purchase from a hobbiest or someone selling a used, personal gun. This is America and we have the legal right to sell our personal goods. 

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candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM
look who has a new show coming up and is trying to get some free publicity.
Della529
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 8:31 AM

He's right about Congross and theNRA.

nurse1997
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Criminals find guns and good people follow the rules it is life and people will find a way if they want a gun to do damage ! Gun owners need to practice good safety and all kids in a home with guns should also have to take gun safety classes and be stored properly !

momtimesx4
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:18 AM

 

Quoting meriana:

He's right. They know the NRA would throw their support to the tune of millions behind a candidate that will do what they want which translates into losing an election (and whatever perks go along with the office and any other niceities that other lobbyiests offer/give), if one goes against them. Just another indication of what most of us have known for years. There's too much money/perks being passed around between the politicians, corporate heads and lobbyists.

As for the 80-year-old grammer school teachers...an eggageration to make the point that arming teachers in school is a tragedy waiting to happen.

 

Which makes his argument a hyperbole filled fallacie just trying to garner attention for his new TV show.

meriana
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:34 AM


Quoting momtimesx4:


Quoting meriana:

He's right. They know the NRA would throw their support to the tune of millions behind a candidate that will do what they want which translates into losing an election (and whatever perks go along with the office and any other niceities that other lobbyiests offer/give), if one goes against them. Just another indication of what most of us have known for years. There's too much money/perks being passed around between the politicians, corporate heads and lobbyists.

As for the 80-year-old grammer school teachers...an eggageration to make the point that arming teachers in school is a tragedy waiting to happen.


Which makes his argument a hyperbole filled fallacie just trying to garner attention for his new TV show.

Not really. There are schools that have older teachers. A child I know had a kindergarten teacher, that while  probably not 80 yrs old, was well past what one would consider middle age. There's no mandate that a teacher must retire at X age and there are those that continue to teach past what is "retirement" age.


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