The news today is that President Obama is taking steps to propose an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and nineteen executive orders! “I’m against having a king,” responded Senator Rand Paul, “There will be no rock left unturned in trying to stop him from usurping the Constitution.” “Jay Carney mentioned that this will prevent future tragedies,” began Hannity, “How is that possible when somebody could just put eight guns on their waistband, this promise is impossible to deliver on.” Congressman Tom Cotton joined Sean and offered his thoughts saying, “Anyone who is trained at all can change a magazine in one to two seconds and there was already an assault ban in Connecticut.” Today, Fox News has a list of 23 proposed executive orders which range in their scope but all which could, and arguably should, be packaged within legislation that Congress could act on and thus be held accountable. That's the way of a Democracy but perhaps America is seeing King George III's replacement?
Greg Ball and Michael Gianaris
New York State Senators Michael Gianaris and Greg Ball joined Sean to react to New York’s recent gun control legislation which is widely hailed as the toughest legislation in the country. “You tell me how this law makes it safer for a stay-at-home mom, or maybe a woman that lives alone after a divorce that has a restraining order against a crazy ex-husband or boyfriend ,” asked Hannity, “How does that make them safer?” “We’re not saying criminals aren’t going to commit crimes,” Senator Gianaris responded “We’re saying we’re going to make it as difficult as possible for those criminals to exert the maximum amount of pain and death possible.” “If you look at our mental health system in New York, this is a kangaroo system,” argued Ball, “We haven’t done a damn thing to improve that situation.” Greg Ball, on his floor speech, made headlines when he attacked New Y ork Governor Cuomo saying, “We haven’t saved lives tonight, except for the political life of a Governor who wants to be President.” “I vote no and I only wish I could’ve done it twice,” concluded Ball. Click here to watch Ball's inspirational remarks. In the shadows of the tragedies we’ve seen in 2012, it is sometimes difficult to put practice before emotion and do the right thing. The right thing is not to pass legislation that largely weakens our civil liberties but rather we should spend our efforts trying to help those who need help. Though it’s an often-used cliché, the truth is, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. To watch Sean's interview with Senators Ball and Gianaris, click here.
Defending Gun Control: Holder vs Pavlich
Tamara Holder and Katie Pavlich debate President Obama’s efforts to push through gun control legislation. “So, where do you stand on the 2nd amendment,” teased Hannity of Holder, “I know your definition of reasonable and my definition are very different.” “If you have somebody who is a trained shooter, they won’t need more than ten bullets,” offered Holder, “If we want to have an honest discussion, what does it involve, we need to talk about more than limiting magazines, we need to talk about mental health.” “In 2007 the NRA supported increased background checks on those with mental illness,” countered Pavlich, “The NRA was very successful in getting legislation passed that will allow better linking to mental health records for permit holders.” While the debate continues to rage on and both sides becoming more and more entrenched in their convictions, the Constitution’s mett le is really being tested. Some in the Republican Party have begun the debate with President Obama to try and control overreaction and control the shredding of the Constitution. For future generations, here’s hoping they’ll be successful. For more on the GOP's efforts, click here.