National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre argued the Navy Yard shooting could have been prevented had more "good guys with guns" been present at the time of the attack during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. David Gregory likes to spar with LaPiere, who he's made mince meat out of before, and for whatever reason LaPiere comes back every time there's a major shooting in the U.S. "The whole country...knows the problem was there weren't enough good guys with guns," LaPierre said Sunday. "When the good guys with guns got there, it stopped." That's a rosy look at what happened earlier this week when a former Navy contractor opened fire and engaged in a standoff with police at a D.C. Navy Yard. But LaPiere thinks we shouldn't examine gun laws in the wake of the shooting. Our attentions should be turned elsewhere. "All the outrage...the first two days, of elite media and the politicians trying to stir this toward firearms, the outrage ought to be placed on an unprotected naval base," he said. "On a criminal justice system in Chicago that doesn't even enforce the federal gun laws when we could dramatically cut violence, on a mental health system that is completely broken, on a check system that is a complete joke in terms of stopping the bad guys." LaPierre thinks the mental health system is at fault because shooters like Alexis "need to be committed, is what they need to be, and if they're committed they're not at the Naval Yard." The background check system, which was going to be upgraded until the NRA fought vehemently against it, is also at fault. "So the Aurora shooter in Colorado gets checked, and is cleared," he said. "The Tucson shooter gets checked and gets cleared. Aaron Alexis goes through the federal and state check and gets cleared."
Sen. Ted Cruz promised to filibuster the House approved spending bill that promises to defund Obamacare that holds no hope of ever passing during his appearance on Fox News Sunday. In Cruz's mind, he's filibustering to stop Harry Reid from sneaking Obamacare funding into the bill. "Any vote for cloture, any vote to allow Harry Reid to add funding to Obamacare with just a 51-vote threshold, a vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare," Cruz said. "And I think Senate Republicans are going to stand side-by-side with Speaker Boehner and House Republicans, listening to the people and stopping this train wreck that is Obamacare." If Harry Reid does kill the bill that wishes to kill Obamacare, then Cruz hopes the House holds their ground even through the looming government shutdown and starts offering piecemeal deals. "If Harry Reid kills the bill in the Senate, the House should hold their ground...start with smaller continuing resolutions," Cruz said. "Start with the military. Send it over, see if Harry Reid is willing to shut down the military."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is pretty tired of the deficit reduction negotiation game that comes every time the government needs to raise the debt ceiling. "The cupboard is bare," the California Democrat told CNN's State of the Union host Candy Crowley. "There's no more cuts to make." Pelosi went on to explain that deficit reduction itself is a noble goal, but the way Republicans are going about it is all wrong. "We all want to reduce the deficit," she said. "Put everything on the table, review it, but you cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts. Right now you’re taking trophies." Pelosi criticized politicians who are still fighting for deficit reduction and trying to eliminate Obamacare by calling them "legislative arsonists."
Sen. Claire McCaskill said Republicans are throwing "tantrums" over Obamacare during hew appearance on Fox News Sunday. "I don't think in America we should throw tantrums when we lose elections and threaten to shut down the government and refuse to pay the bills," McCaskill said. "The American people had a choice last November. They had a choice between someone who said repeal Obamacare, and President Obama." She appeared on the same show as Ted Cruz. "I cannot believe that they are gonna throw a tantrum and throw the American people and our economic recovery under the bus," she said. "It is really gonna hurt real people. And this is just political point-making." McCaskill accused Cruz of legislative grandstanding for the sake of a presidential run down the road. "This is about running for...president, with Ted Cruz," McCaskill said. "This isn't about meaningful statesmanship. This isn't about doing what we were sent to Washington to do, and that is, compromise and run the government."
Sen. Joe Manchin, the person who pushed for more background checks in the wake of the Newtown shooting, said he won't be taking up the cause again unless there was clear indications something might get done from his fellow lawmakers. "Are you gonna try to put some new emphasis on that?" asked CBS's Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer. "Not unless there’s a movement," Manchin said. "I’m not gonna go out there and just beat the drum for the sake of beating the drum. There has to be people willing to move off the position they've taken. They’ve gotta come to that conclusion themselves, and I’m still talking to everybody and I welcome everyone’s input if they think that we can make some adjustments and make them comfortable."
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