The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today, swearing in a gallery of witnesses to testify.
NRA VP Wayne LaPierre again trotted out the lack of prosecution as a reason why more laws wouldn't make a difference. He threw out the number 62, without specifics, implying nationally only 62 illegal gun purchases were prosecuted. You can see it in the video. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse corrected him. Sometime later, LaPierre admitted that the number applied only to Chicago, which from my reading, was an intentionally misleading lie.
LaPierre lied after just being sworn in to testify before the senate. He now should be prosecuted for lying to a senate hearing. Or should we give him a pass, let him get away with lying under oath?
BEST GOLDEN MOMENT OF FEAR MONGERING: Above, LaPierre continues to misrepresent the meaning of the Second Amendment in a way that appeals to the low information conservative voters.
But you have to watch the most surreal moment yet provided by LaPierre, who after this, should lose all rights to gun ownership (6:10 into the video):
"Without any doubt, if you look at why the founding fathers put it there, they have lived under the tyranny of King George, and they wanted to make sure these free people in this new country would be subjugated again, and have to live under tyranny. What people all over the country feel today,is being abandoned by their government. If a tornado hits, if a hurricane hits, if a riot occurs, their going to be out their alone. And the only way to protect them self, in the cold, in the dark, when they're vulnerable is with a firearm."The answer by Baltimore Maryland Police Chief James Johnson, shocked by LaPierre's response near the end of this piece, is jaw dropping...the look on his face is unforgettable.
Chief Johnson: "I find it to be creepy, scary, and simply just not based on logic. Certainly law enforcement across this nation is well prepared to deal with any natural or man made disaster that'll occur. And frankly, I can't relate to that kind of thinking."Here's Gabby Gifford's testimony. Gun violence and the damage resulting from it, is just as devastating as the loss of life:
Sen. Dick Durban: "I can't either."
The real killer? Video games? Oh the lives lost in those video games...
Ign: Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has called video games “a bigger problem than guns.” Speaking on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown, Alexander condemned games but said he doesn’t expect anti-gun or game bills to catch on due to the First and Second Amendments.One of the wackiest new senators is Texan Ted Cruz, a "rising star" who's just starting to lose his grip reality completely:
"I'm going to wait and see on all of these bills," Alexander said. "I think video games is a bigger problem than guns, because video games affect people.
Randi Rhodes: Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham are angry that they couldn’t bring guns to the hearing as some sort of sick visual aid. Frankly, I think they should have let them do it. I can’t think of a better argument for gun control than the image of somebody like Ted Cruz wielding an assault rifle at a Congressional hearing.