Currently, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) is pushing a bill in the Senate to improve reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in the wake of the horrific Parkland shooting. While the Fix NICS Act has received support from senators on both sides of the aisle, one Republican let it be known today that while he supports the “spirit” of the legislation he won’t be voting for it.
Why? He doesn’t think it will stop idiots, apparently.
Appearing on CNN this morning, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) told anchor John Berman that he didn’t think the bill “is going to do anything” because in order to encourage compliance, it is telling federal employees to do their job or they won’t receive bonuses.
“Well, why are they getting bonuses to begin with,” Kennedy exclaimed, adding that they “already have an incentive to do their job — it’s called a job!”
Berman went on to ask the Lousiana lawmaker if there are any gun control measures he can conceive of supporting. When Kennedy said he didn’t think we “need more gun control laws,” the CNN host wondered aloud if that meant not a single one.
“No,” Kennedy shot back. “I think we need more idiot control.”
“I’m sorry, you use that word — you used the word idiot,” Berman noted. “I heard you use that before, who are you referring to specifically?”
Kennedy stated that he was talking about people who commit shootings, some of whom are mentally ill. Adding that idiot may be a “misuse of the word” when it comes to the mentally ill, he explained that “we just automatically assume some of these folks” have mental issues, declaring that he happens “to believe there is evil in this world.”
Berman wanted to know what Kennedy’s solutions were then to keep guns out of the hands of those who are evil, leading the senator to state that there are tools in place that are just not being implemented.
“The NICS database has holes big enough to drive a Mack truck through,” Kennedy responded. “In the instance in Florida, with the man who killed all these people, there is an assumption he’s mentally ill, I don’t know that, so I will call him an idiot. I don’t know that.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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