Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) appeared today on CNN where she claimed that gun control was not the answer to mass shootings because hammers, hatchets and video games contribute to murder in the United States (video below).
Rep. Blackburn said: “What I’m hearing is that people want to make certain that, first of all, that we protect the Second Amendment and their Second Amendment rights, protect their freedom and not impede that," reports RawStory.com.
Then Rep. Blackburn tore into the First Amendment: “They are also wanting to make certain we get in behind these video games. I watched a couple of these last night in preparation for this segment and, Candy, as a mother and as a grandmother, I was astounded with some of the things I was seeing on ‘Call to Duty’ and, of course, we know the Norway shooter would go in and use that as target practice.”
Rep. Blackburn made no mention of violent video games produced by the NRA, or the fact that the NRA also licenses guns to appear in other violent video games.
New York Times National Political Correspondent Jeff Zeleny said that a possible defeat of an assault weapons ban would not stop the nationwide effort to curb gun violence.
Zeleny said: “I think that the president is committed to this. Probably background checks, probably the [high-capacity] ammunition clips. But there is going to be another shooting probably, sadly. So, this is going to stay in the consciousness. I don’t think this is going to recede.”
Rep. Blackburn added: “But the problem is that it could be a hammer, a hatchet, a car, a gun."
CNN host Candy Crowley responded: “But hammers, hatchets and cars aren’t quite as fast as those clips."
Rep. Blackburn then shifted the argument to mental health: “We’re still needing to look at this mental health. And you have to make sure that you’re protecting an individual’s rights.”