Ari Melber filled in for Rachel Maddow Wednesday night on MSNBC. And in true Maddow style, The Beat host delivered an impassioned monologue.
The subject was gun control, and Melber began by hearkening back to one of the most famous mass-murder incidents in American history — the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre. Melber read a Chicago Tribune editorial excerpt which asked the question “Is it helpless?” trying to prevent such killings.
Melber believes the Las Vegas massacre has the ability to shape the gun control debate going forward.
“There is a legitimate debate about how to regulate guns,” Melber said. “And we live under the rule of law and courts have ruled the Constitution does protect some gun rights. But historically there’s never been a legitimate debate about when to regulate guns. Today’s laws will always be the echo of yesterday’s politics.”
Melber called on Republicans to support a bill authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) banning bump stocks.
“Some Republicans do seem open to this idea, other top Republicans say now is not the time for this debate,” Melber said. “But the question is never about timing. Because the question is pretty old anyway. It’s what they asked in 1929. Are we helpless?”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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