msnbc | February 21, 2013
>>> not a proud day. i'm sorry i low everybody down.
>> former congressman jesse jackson jr . outside a courthouse yesterday after he pled guilty to charges that he misused campaign funds. he will be sentenced in june, so we won't know his fate until then, but right now his father, the ref endjesse jackson sr. joins me to talk about this and other topics. i want to begin by asking how your son is doing and your reaction initially? i can only imagine disappointment, but must be relieved that he's owned up.
>> it's been a long ordeal, a sad day, even on the saddest hour, so proud of him being forthright and truthful, accepting responsibility for his actions, and willing to accept the consequence of those actions. that is the dignity he embraces. i support him in those actions.
>> did you see any behavior that you exhibited that you found to be questionable during the time period he was spending that type of money to buy lavish things? did you notice unpredictable behavior? itches i did not. for example, woe no way of detecting the bipolar disorder that sent him into the mood swings. we just missed that. he kept serving his constituency well and related to his family wells. very late did we detect something awry, and when we did, we took him to the doctor. bipolar is not detectible by the naked eye , and we found that that was a factor. he did not lean on his medical condition . i've done something wrong for which i'm sorry, i made a mistake. he was contrite and said i want -- he was being forthright, accepting responsibility, though painful, a proud moment.
>> do you expect him to return to politics after all the justice system and whatever his punishment will be is served?
>> i do not know about politics. i know it's a sad chapter, but not the last chapter. he's 47. he's a writer, a thinker, a strategist. he'll get back up again, and he'll get back up with lots of family love.
>> sir, switching gears to current politics and chicago gun violence being in the news, we know that senator mark kirk , they're sponsoring a bipartisan bull to -- named after the 15-year-old girl killed in chicago a week after performing at the inauguration. this after another teen was gund down. her sister attended the president's speech on gun violence in chicago . such a weird coincidence of events here. do you feel that urban gun violence in the wake of newtown is finally getting the attention it deserves?
>> she was an unfortunate victim, and one of several victims in chicago . guns flew in and they're trafficked. gun fly into what legitimately becomes legitimate purchases, and home foreclosures. you have this impact of 45% poverty. so you really need a more comprehensive program. it's the -- and so i think the president is on the right track, because in many ways, the message is national security . we lose more americans to gun violence at home than in iraq and afghanistan combined.
>> again i just remind everybody, the vice president will be delivering remarks on gun violence today in dan bury, connecticut. sir, thanks for your time. i appreciate your time coming on with meivities thank you, sir.