Battle of the Bans

  • Aired:  01/12/11
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The tragic events in Arizona lead members of Congress to introduce new gun legislation and cause handgun sales to jump. (3:52)

SHOW.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

AS THE RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS IN

ARIZONA SHOW US, A SCOURGE OF

VIOLENCE IS STILL VERY MUCH WITH

THIS COUNTRY.

IT'S CLEAR THAT THERE ARE GOING

TO BE NO QUICK FIXES UNLESS

THERE ARE.

>> AT LEAST FIVE MEMBERS OF

CONGRESS ARE NOW PLANNING TO

INTRODUCE NEW GUN LEGISLATION.

AMONG THEM NEW YORK REPUBLICAN

CONGRESSMAN PETER KING WHO SAID

TODAY HE WILL INTRODUCE A BILL

THAT WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO

BRING A GUN WITHIN 1,000 FEET OF

A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: TWO QUESTIONS: A, CAN

YOU REST OF US GET US ONE OF

THOSE 1,000 FEET GUN PERIMETERS

AND HOW IS THAT SUPPOSED TO WORK

EXACTLY.

HOW WOULD LAW ABIDING GUN OWNERS

KNOW HOW FAR THEY ARE FROM

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS UNLESS THE

STATUTE ALSO REQUIRES GOVERNMENT

OFFICIALS TO WEAR COW BELLS AND

GUN OWNERS TO CARRY NFL YARDAGE

CHAINS.

THE QUESTION IS THIS THOUGH:

SHOULD WE REALLY BE WRITING LAWS

THAT MAY BUMP UP AGAINST THE

SECOND AMENDMENT WITHOUT AT

LEAST FIRST CONSIDERING LAWS

THAT COULD BUMP UP AGAINST THE

FIRST AMENDMENT?

>> THE FIRST REAL INTRODUCTION

OF LEGISLATION HAS BEEN BROUGHT

BY REPRESENTATIVE BRADY OF

PENNSYLVANIA.

HE'S GOING CONTINUE TO TROA

DEUCE LEGISLATION SAYING IT

MAKES IT A FEDERAL CRIME TO USE

LANGUAGE OR SIGNALS USED AS

INCITING VIOLENCE AGAINST A

THREATENING FIGURE OR A MEMBER

OF CONGRESS.

>> Jon: ISN'T THREATENING A

FEDERAL OFFICIAL OR MEMBER OF

CONGRESS ALREADY AGAINST THE

LAW?

[LAUGHTER]

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT?

>> WE'RE ADDING SYMBOLS.

YOU CAN'T PUT A ACROSSHAIR -- A

CROSSHAIR OR A BULL'S EYE ON A

MEMBER OF CONGRESS OR A

DISTRICT.

>> Jon: YOU CAN'T PUT

CROSSHAIRS ON A DISTRICT.

YOU ARE WRITING A NEW FEDERAL

LAW JUST TO SAY (bleep) YOU TO

SARAH PALIN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

OR IS PERHAPS SAYING (bleep)

YOU TO SARAH PALIN ALSO NOW

ILLEGAL AGAINST THE STATUTE.

WE'RE UP AGAINST THE AGE-OLD

DILEMMA A FREE PEOPLE MUST FACE.

MOST OF US DO NOT NEED

CLARIFICATION ON THE WHOLE THOU

SHALL NOT KILL THING AND FOR

THOSE WHO DO CLARIFICATION NEVER

SEEMS SPECIFIC ENOUGH.

ONE SHALL NOT KILL.

WHAT ABOUT ABOUT KNIVES?

YOU CAN'T KILL PEOPLE WITH

KNIVES.

I SEE, I SEE.

ARE MINORITIES MINORITIES ARE INCLUDED?

WHAT IF I GET SOMEBODY ELSE TO

DO IT?

CAN I GO UP TO SOMEBODY AND SAY

I WANT TO YOU?

CAN I DO THAT?

WE ENFORCE ENFORCING LAW AND

FORCING EVERYONE TO LIVE BY

RULES THAT ONLY ATTEMPT TO

PREVENT THE LAST THING THAT WAS

DONE BY THE LEAST CONTROLLABLE

AMONGST US.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

WE MUST NOT GIVE IN TO FEAR SM

WE MUST EMPOWER OUR BETTER

JUDGEMENT TO CREATE A SOCIETY

WHERE VIOLENT RHETORIC AND

IMAGERY IS FROWNED UPON NOT

BECAUSE IT DRIVES THE UNSTABLE

TO ACTION BUT IT'S BECAUSE IT'S

WRONG ITSELF.

I BELIEVE THAT'S HOW THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE REACT.

>> MONDAY AFTER THE SHOOTING

HANDGUNS SALES JUMPED 60% IN

ARIZONA COMPARED TO THE SAME DAY

A YEAR AGO.

ONE GUN SHOP OWNER TOLD

BLOOMBERG NEWS HIS GLOCK SALES

DOUBLED THIS WEEK.

>>

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