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Tuesday's debate: Can the U.S. stop gun violence?
September 17th, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Tuesday's debate: Can the U.S. stop gun violence?


In the wake of the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting Monday, questions are emerging about how a government contractor with a pattern of misconduct and an arrest record was able to obtain security clearance and a gun. Should the laws that allowed Aaron Alexis to purchase a gun be changed?

Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America and Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and Senior Policy Advocate for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, join hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter tonight at 6:30pm ET to debate guns in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting.

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  1. Ron

    We have spent $multi-billions on drug enforcement over several decades and are drugs under control? The elites know the ghetto dregs and nuts that commit the vast majority of killings in this country are not going to obtain guns from a source that would require a background check, what they are really after is a means to track guns owned by law abiding citizens so they can be confiscated if the Agenda 21 leftists ever get their way.

    September 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Dave Carlson

      I completely agree with you regarding the failure of the "drug war". I understand and respect your point of view on guns, but I don't agree with it.

      Firstly, I don't think anyone is calling for a war on guns. Even extreme leftists have to acknowledge that it's a constitutional right. Even Obama has repeatedly acknowledged this right. The problem here is "How do we prevent mass shootings?". Those on the right don't offer many solutions – other than "more guns" and "good guys and bad guys". Or they take a the view "You can't do anything about it. Just live with it."

      Regarding your comment about drug dealers, crackheads, or other "bad" people who are responsible for most of the crime. You're right. They are responsible for most of the shooting deaths in the US. But I think you'll agree that drug dealers aren't the ones committing mass shooting of innocent civilians and school children. It's usually the mentally ill.

      All we can hope for is that those on the Right will drop their paranoia for long enough that reasonable people can take reasonable measures to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Even the most right wing judges on the US Supreme Court have agreed that the legislative branch has every right to do so.

      I also acknowledge that would only be part of the solution – if there can ever really be one. Eventually, mass media (yes, I'm talking about you too CNN) will eventually have to realize that it's in everyone's self interest to stop giving these horrific acts so much attention. Just stop it. This will only happen when people come together and financially punish publishers of this kind of "news".

      September 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
      • Hazguns

        Dealers and gangsters may not be the mass shooter type but their combined violence across the Nation is way worse than any recent tragedies. We live in a desensitized society- one that glorifies violence in movies, video games, street culture, and music. You cant legislate away murder.

        September 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
      • Dave Carlson

        I agree with you. Drug related violence is a far bigger problem in the US. The root cause of that problem is the "War on Drugs". The reason that society isn't interested in dealing with drug crime and violence is because it is largely confined to the "drug community". When we are talking about mass shootings, on the other hand, we are always dealing with innocent victims. Anyone can become an innocent victim.

        With regards to the glorification of violence in film and video games. I agree, desensitization does occur. However, wouldn't you agree that it is just as much a glorification of guns? I think so.

        As I mentioned earlier, I'm more concerned about the glorification of psychopaths by the news media because I it sends the message "Kill innocent people and your grievances will be aired to the world". There are a lot of borderline personalities out there with grievances.

        You're right. You can't legislate away murder. However, if mass murderers started mowing down hundreds of innocent victims with fully automatic weapons and flame throwers, wouldn't that give you pause to think "hmmm....crazy people shouldn't have access to THOSE weapons". Therein lies my point. A line has already been drawn on what weapons are considered unacceptable in American society. The debate is just about where the line is drawn.

        September 23, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  2. ge

    mass killings is part of life in america just like iraq-afganistan ,somolia,libya get use to it

    September 19, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
  3. Dave Carlson

    Saying that "More Guns" is the solution to mass shootings is like saying "More Sugar" is the answer to obesity. Thanks for the interesting debate.

    September 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  4. Garrett

    When Cutter is on the show, there is only one moderator. She needs to be replaced.

    September 18, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
  5. Kristin

    I watched Crossfire for the first time tonight. I am sorry, I am sure Ms. Cutter is an intelligent woman, but she is not good at all in this format.

    September 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  6. Scaf

    Stephanie Cutter is just SOOOOOOO annoying. I could sit trough an equipment parts seminar for days. People would ask how I'm able to do it. And I'd say, because I sat through an episode of Crossfire. And you know what they'd say? They'd say, "I know what you mean. Stephanie Cutter. Oy."

    September 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  7. Javier Echevarria

    Stephanie Cutter, like the medical doctor she referenced, is clearly not qualified or emotionally stable to make a rational point regarding a topic. Her opinions were too myopic and not well thought out, it seemed to me. She didn't really listen to her guests' point, because you can see she already was quick to make another conjecture, even before the guest got a quarter of his point! She makes absolute statements without even realizing how truly silly she comes across, losing all veracity as a person to be a show host. She seemed like a wide-eyed, spectator than a news journalist! Also, what with her childish method of referring to the person to her side (figurative & literally) to answer questions that stumped her. Her sarcastic smile and hypocrital chuckles are as distasteful as an psychopathic who has no redeeming excuse for their ugly crimes. Please put on your program people who give your programming more legitimacy and credibility than an Anti-Smoker who has not ever smoked!

    September 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  8. Cathy Gardino

    If the gov't is involved... not only will it NOT STOP the problem, but it will add "unintended consequences" and the 'fog of controversy" to an already highly debated RIGHT which is being infringed!

    September 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  9. Manuel Sotelo

    A lot of good people will be prevented from getting guns. Criminals are not going to go to a store to get a gun. Bad people knowing that there is a lot of good people with out guns will attack more because they know they are safer to attack a lot of different places. The responsible people are not the ones killing people.

    September 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  10. carlos perez

    The real issue here that everyone seem to ignore is the mental issue in this country.this gentleman that killed all these innocent people in Washington was hearing voice feeling some type of microwave vibration.this is some the navy should pick up on this

    September 17, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  11. David Shaw

    Nobody in their right mind want mentally ill people to have a gun. But even then it's a very small percentage of menatally ill who are ever going to pose a problem. So..How on a practical level are you gonna sort the problem peopl out apaprt form conducting regular menatal halth evaluation of pretty much every US citizen

    September 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply

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