“We’ve got a culture right now that seems to say, let’s control the guns and have all kinds of laxities and forgiveness and understandings and so forth for the people who hold the guns,” (Dick) Armey said.
But O’Brien pointed out that the Aurora shooting couldn’t be blamed on a laxness on criminals because the suspect had no criminal record.
“People might say that it was the easy accessibility for someone who wanted to amass, stockpile weapons over a short period of time to plot out a mass shooting and that should be blamed,” the CNN host told Armey.
“If in fact he had not been capable of acquiring the guns, he might just as well taken a car and driven it into a school bus,” the tea party leader replied. “You can’t focus on the object by which a destruction was committed — be it a hammer, a gun, a truck, a car. Focus on the aberrance in the individuals that do this.”
“Why not do both?” O’Brien wondered.
“More people are killed in automobiles every year than they are guns,” Armey insisted. “I don’t hear anybody talking about banning automobiles.”
“But they say you have to wear a seat belt, right?” O’Brien noted.
“Whatever,” Armey quipped.
“Got to have a driver’s license,” a member of CNN’s panel pointed out from off camera.
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