Martin Bashir | July 23, 2012
>>> was friday's massacre really something that can't be explained or is it the all too predictable result of a society awash in firearms where there are more guns than people. joining us congressman moran from virginia. good to have you with us. we've learned a lot about the suspect, a lot today, especially the images that came out. much of all of it does call into question his mental health . folks want to know how we can keep guns out of the hands of such people. here is what one tea party favorite had to say about that. take a listen.
>> you simply can't keep these weapons out of the hands of sick demented individuals who want to do harm. when you try and do it, you restrict our freedom.
>> restrict our freedoms. congressman, do you agree with that? as americans we love our freedoms but does it mean we have to accept senseless violence, the murder of 12 people sitting in a movie theater at its price.
>> my son went to a movie theater at midnight. don't i have the freedom to know my son can go to a movie theater without gunfire threatening his life? what are we going to do, check everyone going into a movie theater , have a metal detector now. seems to me this is about freedom. it's the freedom to live securely and safely among our neighbors and friends and within an advanced society. either just stunning to me, thomas , that my colleagues are so soft on crime and domestic terrorism that they would allow even after the shooting of our colleague gabby giffords more than 60 multiple shootings since that crime occurred. and in fact, there are tens of thousands of americans have been murdered by firearms since the massacre at virginia tech . it's all because basically we've -- legislative bodies around the country have been cast cass traited.
>> some would argue maybe in an instance like this if more people were armed, they could have done something.
>> you know, thomas , you're an intelligent individual that that's an insane, illogical conclusion. the fact is that this shooter had a bulletproof vest. it was a dark theater. do we really want people carrying firearms into the theater and having a gunfight at the okay coral in a darkened movie theater ? that would cause more deaths. that's not the answer everyone have guns everywhere they go. can't we be safe in restaurants, neighborhoods, movie theaters ? that's going absolutely the wrong direction. i know the nra likes that because they can sell more weapons. at the very least, thomas , we should restrict assault weapons . the nra even accepted that until they realized they could get rid of it so easily. and we ought to close the gun show loophole, and we ought to restrict the accumulation of rounds of ammunition. i mean, 6,000 rounds of ammunition, really? and we shrug our shoulders? if this had been any kind of foreign agent, we'd send the marine corps after them. here we shrug our shoulders and come up with pious remorseful rhetoric, we ought to do something. we haven't done anything about this. to some extent we are complicit in these crimes if we don't stand up and speak out and act responsibly as a legislative body in all levels of government.
>> my thanks. congressman jim moran . thank you, appreciate it.