Mitchell Reports | January 30, 2013
>>> extreme weather and climate change are at the center of "the future," an urgent appeal to action. i sat down with al gore today and asked if the time is also right after newtown for new gun laws .
>> i would hope that this is the moment when we finally do act. of course, i campaigned in 2000 for additional restrictions on sale and distribution of these weapons. i spoke at the memorial service at columbine and said frequently, no more columbines. we've had six gun incidents in schools this year, and it's still january. it is time to act, and the horrific tragedy at sandy hook elementary has to be the crossing of a line beyond which we finally do act.
>> in fact, this is the first vigorous gun debate that we've had in this country since the 2000 campaign.
>> do you feel that the gun debate and the positions that you took cost you arkansas, tennessee your home state, potentially led to that election outcome?
>> i think it's more complicated than that. i know that some seasoned political observers have made that argument. i don't fully agree. it was, certainly, a factor, but it was only one of many factors.
>> but the nra was coming after you.
>> yes, that's true, but the so-called upper south has been trending heavily republican for quite some time now for a variety of reasons. really ever since brown versus board of education .
>> and al gore looks to the future. the book is "the future," where he'll talk about extreme weather and climate change and that profitable al zjazeera deal.