Messina: Gun Control Issue Makes American Public Think ‘Washington Has Lost Their Minds’

Messina: Gun Control Issue Makes American Public Think 'Washington Has Lost Their Minds' 1


Despite widespread support for certain gun control measures among Democrats and Republicans in the country, getting congressional Republicans on board with legislation could prove a challenging task for President Biden. NBC News correspondents Carol Lee and Garrett Haake, along with Obama administration official Jim Messina break it down. Aired on 03/25/2021.
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Messina: Gun Control Issue Makes American Public Think 'Washington Has Lost Their Minds'

42 Comments on "Messina: Gun Control Issue Makes American Public Think ‘Washington Has Lost Their Minds’"

  1. Cactus Coder | March 25, 2021 at 1:16 PM | Reply

    Washington has lost their minds. People don’t have to think about it.

    • Fred Flintstone | March 25, 2021 at 4:42 PM | Reply

      However, remember who votes them in.
      Perhaps, The incompetence starts with the people.
      A democracy only works if you have a well informed, and/or educated populous…

    • Cactus Coder | March 25, 2021 at 4:44 PM | Reply

      @Fred Flintstone sadly they get voted in by advertising dollars more than anything else.

  2. It’s amazing how often some hero citizen who’s armed themselves, in case there’s a mass shooting where they are, DON’T ever seem to be there or do anything. This argument is soooo tired and toooo stupid. The data shows that guns = innocent victims. More guns = more victims.

    • Chuck Collins | March 26, 2021 at 6:58 PM | Reply

      @mimi murphy I know…instead of answering the question how about you deflect and accuse me of being devoted to Trump like you did previously? 😉

    • @Chuck Collins How about you describe grandma’s basement?
      And, no, your insignificant attempts only make me laugh.
      I’m gonna leave now.
      Bye MAGAt!

    • Chuck Collins | March 26, 2021 at 7:29 PM | Reply

      @mimi murphy Your reading comprehension seems to be rather lackluster. Hint: Grandma is dead. Much like you’ll be if you don’t start working on less calories in and more calories out. Obesity is a killer! Hey, let’s compare the number of obesity related deaths each year with the number of mass shootings! Awwww…..still trying to label me with “MAGA”? Is that what you’re reduced to? So about that choice between standing in front of a mass shooter unarmed versus…..? 🙂

    • Chuck Collins | March 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM | Reply

      @mimi murphy B-b-but…Grandma! A-a-a-and….orange man BAD!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Isn’t that how it goes?

    • Chuck Collins | March 26, 2021 at 7:43 PM | Reply

      @mimi murphy “The estimated number of annual deaths attributable to obesity among US adults is approximately 280000 based on HRs from all subjects and 325000 based on HRs from only nonsmokers and never-smokers”….and you’re worried about the police shooting you as you aim your gun at a mass shooter aiming their gun at you! 😉

  3. Lloyd Little | March 25, 2021 at 1:23 PM | Reply

    true or false : a municipality with a population of less than 75k has had an 11yr old shot and killed last march. then a 12yr old paralyzed by gun violence last month (hint this is not a municipality in the war torn m.e. or anywhere in drought riddled africa) now you can answer, thanks!!

  4. America is awash in blood and bullets and its leaders, Republicans for the most part, are bereft of the political courage and moral clarity to help.

  5. Please stop saying “Washington” has lost its mind. Republicans have lost their minds. I see this all the time, and it makes me crazy.

    • Johnny Dotson | March 25, 2021 at 1:49 PM | Reply

      No buddy. It’s no longer one side, it’s both.

    • @Johnny Dotson sheep, clearly republicans have gone off the deep end. You might want to educate yourself on FACTUAL current events. Your entertainment news has made you dim🥴.

    • @Johnny Dotson Exactly how have democrats lost their mind vis a vis gun control. Back up your statement.

    • Chuck Collins | March 25, 2021 at 3:07 PM | Reply

      @Jack Straw Awwww…..did the Sheeple blindly beholden to one political party and ideology fail to see the validity of his point?

    • Chuck Collins | March 25, 2021 at 3:09 PM | Reply

      @Bill You mean the party that wants to defund the police and take rights away from us? The party that uses fabricated terms such as assault weapon and military style to describe a semiautomatic? While ignoring the guns with which 99% of the killing are committed with? Hint: they’re also semiautomatics.

  6. Kaitlyn Livingston | March 25, 2021 at 1:38 PM | Reply

    We don’t have to think, we know. Greed has made them lose their minds long ago.

  7. It’s become very aggressive and childish, obstruction for obstruction sake may appease a very small minority.

  8. Boebert Rep. from Colorado, Where were you with all of your guns that are supposed to protect from things like this? “Good” people with guns does not help offset “bad” people with guns so to say that things will get worse for the good people without guns is idiocy.

  9. There are MANY , MANY things that make the american people believe they’ve lost their mids ! This is but one in a list of atrocities.

  10. incipidsigninsetup | March 25, 2021 at 2:47 PM | Reply

    Everyone thinks Americans are nuts.

  11. Damien Darko247 | March 25, 2021 at 2:59 PM | Reply

    “Always remember, that with great power, comes no accountability… wait… that’s not right…”

  12. All of this is moot if SCOTUS follows recent precedent of lessez faire on the right to bear arms.

  13. Estimates vary but between 5 and 10 million Ar-15 type weapons already sold out of 300 million weapons already owned. ‘Stable doors’ and ‘too late’ comes to mind.

  14. Spring Sunshine | March 25, 2021 at 5:56 PM | Reply

    I just wish the people letting their big dogs lose because of no jobs….would turn them…I like my trained dog , don’t want him hurt by the lose animals ….. People keep getting to poor to own a dog….

  15. Laws that forbid the carrying of arms. . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” — Jefferson`

    • Kevin Tyerman | March 26, 2021 at 3:43 AM | Reply

      Well, when you say Jefferson, you mean a passage from a book originally published in 1764, and quoted by Jefferson at a later time. Allegedly Jefferson’s notation to the above passage was “”False idee di utilità.””, which by Google roughly translates as “False utility ideas.” So, leaving aside that modern technology of firearms would not have been contemplated when the US constitution was written, the notation suggests that Jefferson actually thought that the premise of the above quotation was false – so probably a little unfair to attribute it to him.

  16. Dear Mr. President
    The majority of all shootings, including mass shootings are done with handguns. Rifles of any kind, including AR-15s are responsible for only a fraction of the total number of gun homicides in the United States. In 2019, 364 homicides were committed with rifles of any kind. Of those 364 homicides 32 were justifiable homicides. So, in 2019 there were 332 homicides committed with rifles out of the total 10,258 firearm homicides. So, what will a ban on AR-15 rifles accomplish? At best it will reduce the number of gun deaths in the United States by 3%. Congratulations, you have accomplished next to nothing. And you will likely not decrease the number of gun deaths by even 3%. Why? Well, there are already 20 million AR-15 rifles in circulation in the United States. No ban will include banning AR-15s that are already in circulation. It just won’t happen and you know it. The idea that the government is going to force a mandatory buyback of AR-15 rifles is unrealistic. It will never happen. The best you will get is a ban on the production and transfer of such weapons and by transfer, I mean the sale of AR-15 rifles including sales between private parties. The problem with a ban on the sale of AR-15s between private parties is there is no way to enforce it without the government attempting to force gun owners to register those firearms with the government, and a gun registry is not going to happen and you know it. So, now what? Let’s go as far as to assume you succeed in passing a ban on the production of AR-15 rifles that does next to nothing in reducing firearm homicides. What is the next step? Am I being unreasonable to think that the next idea will be a ban on handguns? They are after all, responsible for the overwhelming majority of gun homicides. This is the slippery slope so many gun owners are rightfully concerned about. You, being the president should also understand that as antiquated as the anti-gun movement believes the Second Amendment is, it is as relevant today as it was in 1791. The Second Amendment ensures that the federal government does not have a monopoly on power. The Second Amendment ensures that government of the people, by the people, for the people remains just that. It is that simple. I would kindly ask that you give very serious thought to our rights guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. Once you give them away, we will never get them back. Here’s an idea. If you really want to reduce gun deaths why don’t you consider another option that might actually work? Why don’t you work towards increasing access to mental healthcare? Almost no health insurance plans cover mental health. Access to mental healthcare may be an alternative that could really work.

  17. The Bill of Rights are important assertions of natural and civil rights of the individual, and the critical Ninth Amendment is a reminder that the people have other rights not listed in the first eight amendments

  18. Republicans are eeeeeeeeeeevil.

  19. Anyone here against closing the loop holes with background checks? If so you are unpatriotic.

  20. woodstock envy | March 26, 2021 at 12:16 AM | Reply

    Gutting our constitution is not viable, you know it, I know it .. tampering with the second amendment is not a viable solution.
    Why not be creative?, not the same old, same old .. let’s discuss and debate things that will actually help, things that will work.

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