|Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)|
Crowley: Sure, I agree with you, but as you know, you deal with a lot of things up there and at the White House. People and their families deal with a loft things. One of the things that’s been out there is gun control of some sort. Something that addresses Newtown, whether its gun control or better access to mental health. You know the president’s going to push that.
Barrasso: As a doctor, I can tell you the president’s essentially ignored the major issues of mental health and violence in society in the media and video games and he has focused so much on what may be happening at gun shows or on gun shelves and gun stores that I think he is failing to really try to find a solution to the problem of the tragedy of Newtown.
This comes at the heels of Gun Appreciation Day - a day where five different people were shot at three different gun shows across the nation (highlighting the need for a minimum of better education on gun handling). Furthermore, Barrasso attempted to trot out the right wing/NRA talking point blaming media and video games for violence - a link that's been disproven several times over by many reputable sources. Finally, someone should probably point Sen. Barrasso to the executive actions Obama signed last week - they actually do address nearly every concern he raised in that final portion of dialogue above. Despite the lack of evidence linking fictional violence to real gun violence, a study has been commissioned. Additionally, other actions and recommendations have been enacted to begin to curb the violence. In contrast, men like Barrasso would rather stand on the sidelines and watch more people die in the name of gun rights and an unmitigated Second Amendment.
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