Mitchell Reports | January 25, 2013
>> joining me now is karen mccarthy , a very many of gun violence years ago, and she introduced new legislation to ban high capacity ammunition magazines this week. congresswoman, it's good to see you again. we know that this is deeply personal for you with the death of your husband and the long island commuter rail shooting and the shooting of your son, and it's how you got into politics when we first met. what is your reaction to what's happened so far from the republican side ?
>> well, to be honest with you, i'm sorry to hear their reaction, and i have to say even listening to the governor in the early part of the show we are not taking away the right of people to own a gun. as you brought up, that was settled with the supreme court ruling and a constitutional ruling that a person has a right to own a gun, but with that being said, we're iffing to go forward. we've introduced the assault weapons ban . we're going to be working on mental health , and everything elsewhere it's going to be a holistic package. what we want to do is stop all these mass murders , but also stop the shootings that go on in o a daily basis. when the governor talked about washington d.c. the guns are coming in from other states. we wanted everybody to go through background checks. those are fair and reasonable things to fight for. again, they keep saying we are infringing on their constitutional right. that is not true.
>> you have been working together with dianne feinstein in both houses and your colleague kersten jones. we intrufd her yesterday. i know you're hitting all points, but politically what do you think is viable? do you think things have changed since newtown, or do you think we are still back with the power of the nra and the money that they contribute to members and the domination by republicans on the house side who will not let it get to the floor?
>> well, listen, those are all things that are certainly out there, and anybody that ever underestimates the nra don't kid yourself. they are extremely powerful. what i'm saying is newtown did change because the american people have responded to it overwhelmingly. here we are 47 days after the shooting, and we're still talking about it. that's how deeply it's affected everybody. it's going to be up to the american people to be very honest with you on where we go. saturday there's going to be the million moms walking against gun violence across the country. we have more groups than we've ever seen before stepping up and saying how can we help? it's really a matter of organizing and even in the white house getting out there almost like a campaign and educating the american people on really telling them what we're trying to do, not talking away the rights of someone to own a gun. this past week we had several hearings, and we had gun owners . we had hunters. we had sportsmen. they agreed we don't need the large magazines -- we don't need the assault weapons , and i think most nra members, the polls show that they believe something has to be done and they stick with us an awful lot. basically we're dealing with the nra that is trying to scare the members of congress. that's been for years. many of them have said to me they would love to vote where me, but they don't want to lose their election with b it. we have to show them the american people will stand behind them, their constituents will stand behind them.
>> good luck with the march