Karl Rove has developed a reputation for being an ‘establishment’ Republican who is willing to sacrifice party ideology for political victory. However, when it comes to gun control, the former George W. Bush Deputy Chief of Staff falls in line with what most on the right seem to believe.
On Sunday, during an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Rove and Nightline anchor Terry Moran had an interesting back-and-forth regarding proposed measures.
It began when Rove offered these thoughts on the Sandy Hook shooting: “Those guns were legally purchased with a background check, this would not have stopped something like that. Let’s be very careful about quickly trampling on the rights of people.”
He then added: “Look, you want to get something done then stop scaring people. Don’t say we’re gonna keep a registry of all these guns."
At that point, Moran intervened: “You’re scaring people with this Orewellian sense that black helicopters and the government, if we register guns, are going to confiscate American’s guns. That kind of paranoia.”
“With all due respect,” Rove replied. “It is not paranoia.”
You can check out the full exchange in the video below.