NY Congressman Calls NRA 'Enablers of Mass Murder'
Friday's horrible massacre at a Connecticut elementary school has predictably fired up the left in this country to call for tighter gun restrictions as they blame the event on pro-Second Amendment advocates.
Possibly the worst example of this came Friday evening on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight when Democratic New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler disgracefully said, "We have a lobby, the leadership of the NRA, who function as enablers of mass murder. And that's what they are. They're enablers of mass murder" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
PIERS MORGAN, HOST: I have been debating this all week. I was following the Bob Costas thing, the shopping mall, so on, following Aurora. I've been debating it for months, if not two years. I am so frustrated. I'm so furious for these kids who have been being blown away again with legally acquired weapons.
Some boy who has got problems takes his mother's three weapons, including this ridiculous assault rifle, and goes in the school and kills these kids. And you guys still want to tell me the answer is more guns? It is madness!
JOHN R. LOTT, JR, AUTHOR, "MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME": How else can you stop someone from shooting people.
MORGAN: Let the congressman speak.
REP. JERROLD NADLER (D), NEW YORK: What are we most angry about? It's that every poll shows that by massive majorities, Americans agree with what you just said. Yet we have a lobby, the leadership of the NRA, who function as enablers of mass murder. And that's what they are. They're enablers of mass murder, because they terrify the class of political people. And even though polling shows that most NRA members would support reasonable gun controls, every time someone proposes it, they come in. They lie. They say they will take your guns away. And they stop any kind of legislation to prevent that.
This absurd comment came just days after Kansas City sportswriter Jason Whitlock called the NRA "the new KKK."
MORGAN: Nobody needs one of these in their home, end of story.
DAN GROSS, PRESIDENT OF THE BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE: Listen, the encouraging thing and what you should hopefully take inspiration -- because we are all frustrated. We are all outraged -- is this conversation and what these guys are saying does not represent what the American public wants. It does not represent the conversation that the American public wants to have. We are all in favor of things like criminal background checks; 74 percent of NRA members are; 40 percent of all gun sales don't require a background check. That's something that we all agree on. And there are things that we can do.
MORGAN: And it's not, as they try and tell me, an anti-American thing to say I respect the Second Amendment, I respect the right of every family to defend themselves; I don't respect the right of families to load their homes with these so that a disturbed kid can take them and blow up a school.
MORGAN: We are ending the debate for now. But this will continue next week. I can guarantee you.
Come back next week when you have had time to think about this, because you have to change your thinking. The gun lobby has to change its thinking.