Sen. Barrasso (R-WY) Claims Gun Safety Not An Issue the Day After Multiple People Shot on Gun Appreciation Day

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
In an interview with Candy Crowley on CNN yesterday, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) claimed that the nation face more important issues than gun violence and curbing future mass shootings. He said that we should instead focus on things like the economy and jobs (assuming incorrectly that we as a nation and the President as a leader can only deal with one issue at a time). In speaking with Crowley, Sen. Barrasso said:
Crowley: I spoke with David Plouffe in the segment before this. He said that he is confident there are enough vote he is in the House and there are the requisite 60 votes in the Senate to pass universal background checks for gun owners and limiting the clips, those high-capacity magazine clips that can fire off so many rounds to 10 and under. Do you think that’s so? Do you think Congress would pass a ban on those clips with ten or over and a universal background check. Is that going to happen? 
Barrasso: No, I don’t think it will. Candy, that gets beside the major issues that face American families, which are jobs and the economy and the debt and spending. That’s where people are focused. That’s the big anxiety of this country. 
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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