Ever since the mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado on Monday that left ten people dead, Democrats have been shamelessly pushing for more gun control. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), however, is not having any of it.
Kennedy Sounds Off
During an interview with Fox News, Kennedy accused Democrats of using this tragedy to fuel their gun control agenda because they do not believe in the Second Amendment as interpreted by the federal government.
“Look, these killings were terrible,” Kennedy said. “They were horrible. I’m reminded though that, you know, America is a big country. We’re free, and one of the prices we pay for that freedom is that you’re always going to have some people who abuse it.”
“Freedom is risk. But we have got to concentrate on is how to control that risk,” he explained. “You’re not going to stop the killings until you stop the killers. But you don’t stop drunk drivers by getting rid of all sober drivers, which is what many of my Democratic friends want to do with respect to the Second Amendment.”
‘We Do Not Need More Gun Control’
“In my judgment, we do not need more gun control,” Kennedy added. “We need more idiot control. How do we do that? We have already tried, the Republicans have. Senator Grassley, Senator Cruz had a bill to strengthen our national database. We regulate gun ownership in America.”
“If you are convicted of certain crimes, if you have a tendency to violence, if you are mentally ill, and you want to buy a gun, your name has to run through a database,” he said. “The problem is that the database has huge holes in it. And many federal agencies and state agencies are very cavalier about sending in the names. Grassley and Cruz’s bill, which I support, would have tightened up the database, and it would have cracked down on people who have guns who shouldn’t have guns.”
Kennedy Doubles Down
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“Do you know why the bill didn’t pass?” Kennedy continued. “Many of my Democratic colleagues filibustered it. Now, if you drill down far enough, what you’re going to find — I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush — but many, not all, many of my Democratic colleagues — they just don’t believe in the Second Amendment.”
“They just don’t. I mean, we have heard it in terms of police officers,” he concluded. “I mean, basically, the Democratic position is that if a bad guy shoots a cop, it’s the gun’s problem. If a cop shoots a bad guy, it’s the cop’s fault. You know, if it weren’t for double standards here, we wouldn’t have any standards at all.”
This piece was written by James Samson on March 24, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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