Mitchell Reports | January 08, 2013
>> wounded along side the congresswoman. he has formed a task force to provide advice on mental health issues and preventing gun relate veals. tell me what you are hoping to accomplish with your task force .
>> well, i have put together a mental health task force , the first meeting of which will be this friday here in tucson to really explore what we can do about mental health services , early detection identification of mental illness and what kinds of laws we can pass that will aid in that effort right after the shooting my family and i established the fund. we call it the fund for civility, respect, and understanding. we focused the last two years on addressing bullying in school, which we know has a link to mental health concerns and violence. we're working on mental health , but also at the beginning i want to focus more and more on the issue of background checks , and the availability of large capacity magazines. you know, many tucson where we were shot two years ago today, the young man who shot us -- the young man who shot us had a magazine with 30 bullets in it. he had another one in his pocket, and two more smaller magazines. in 45 seconds or less 19 people were down and nine of them died. we really have to address not only the mental health aspect of this issue, but the availability of that kind of high firepower weaponry.
>> i know you were observing this anniversary quietly in the community and with some of the survivors. you are going to be going back, i think, to the hospital center that treated you. how are you doing?
>> personally i'm doing well. my family has been a tremendous support to me. my wife and my daughters and my grandkids. they have been there for me since day one, as has our community. our community has been very supportive of all of us. my leg, left leg, still doesn't have any feeling in it below the knee, but i have my leg, and i have my life, and i have been given a second opportunity in life -- at life to do something about a tragedy that none of us want to see happen again. now as a member of congress i'm determined that we're going to take appropriate action. i am a strong supporter of the second amendment. i believe in the right to bare arms and the sentencing has upheld it, but the kind of firepower that killed 20 little ones in connecticut we have to do something about that. we have to do something about the availability of background checks . we had this huge loophole. gun shows, no background checks are required unless you're a licensed dealer. when i talk to people in the business of selling guns through stores, they say this is a huge loophole that they would like to see closed as well, and as you mentioned earlier with the previous guest, 74% of the nra members feel the same way.
>> congressman ron barber, first of all, thank you for your service, for everything you're doing, and we're so glad to see you as healthy as you are today and thanks for joining us on this anniversary.
>> thank you very much for having me today.