Mitchell Reports | January 08, 2013
>> calls were played in court for a preliminary hearing for the movie theater shooter james holmes . today marks the second anniversary of the tucson shooting that killed six people and severely injured congresswoman gabrielle giffords , former congresswoman giffords. today giffords and her husband mark kelly officially launched a new campaign to prevent gun violence . they wrote in usa today in response tie horrific series of shootings that has sewn terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of americans, and left one of its own bleeding -- congress has done something quite extraordinary. thanks so much for being with us. i know you think of this every day, but here on the second anniversary of tucson and nothing has been done so far. what is your report for what might come out of the joe biden task force ?
>> we're hopeful that tomorrow's meeting and i'll get to be a part of myself is very productive. we've seen a strong commitment from the president and the vice president to see something actually done, and the amount of public support that's also necessary to allow our elected officials to step up is there. i mean, our phones have been ringing off the hook now for a month after the sandy hook shooting, and it's been incredible the amount of new people that want to engage in this. we're really hopeful and really look forward to tomorrow's meeting with the vice president.
>> you've become an activist as a result of this life transforming event, the shooting that you were injured, and were also featured in a documentary that you made about virginia tech . what has changed since the 32 -- it's called "living for 32." of course, the 32 people who died there. what has changed in terms of security, do you think, on campuses like virginia tech ?
>> i think campus security has made a lot of great improvements as to physically on campus and to how to alert students and faculty as to what's going on campus. unfortunately, we haven't seen that same progress through our gun policy. still 40% of all gun sales in this country go unchecked. i mean, that's just unacceptable. that's just bad public policy . the american people are learning that that's actually the case. i mean, i think most people were like me and thought that we did checks on everybody and were shocked to learn that we actually don't. now with the engagement of the american people , it's no longer a matter of if we can do something, but it's really become a matter of when it will get done.
>> the nra is going to be part of these meetings with the joe biden task force . is that a good step, bringing them into the conversation?
>> i mean, absolutely. 75% of nra members support background checks on all gun sales. we really hope that the nra speaks for their membership, which is right along the lines with the average american person, and make sure that, you know, things are done for the safety of every single one of us.
>> thank you very much, colin goddard . thanks for everything are you doing.
>> thank you for having me.