MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough renewed his Newtown-era call for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting on Morning Joe Tuesday morning.
Scarborough first rejected arguments against increased gun control by pointing out that “if you talk to any law enforcement officer, you talk to Bill Bratton, you talk to people that we praise everyday for keeping us safe, they’ll all say: There’s no reason Americans should have military-style weapons in their possession.”
“No reason whatsoever,” he added.
“At the end of the day there’s only one reason for somebody to have these weapons in their hands,” Scarborough continued. “Only one reason, and it’s only one — they will not say it in a radio debate or a TV debate. But it’s because they think the government is coming to get them, and they want to have a stockpile of weapons.”
“And so it’s to kill American soldiers or members of the American government.”
“There are some people that just like collecting and shooting,” Scarborough said. “Well fine, you can do what other countries do, register them and put them, you know, in the gun clubs where they stay there.”
“But why do we have a group of laws where a guy can have 20 weapons, 25 weapons like this, and literally kill — go hunting for human beings like he did a couple of nights ago?” he asked.
Clint Watts, a former Army officer and counterterrorism expert, pointed out that there appear to be stricter guidelines in the military for handling such guns than for U.S. civilians:
“These are offensive weapons,” he said. “One of the strangest things for me having come from the military…we went through weapons safety training for weeks, we weren’t allowed to carry ammunition with our weapons.”
“You can go buy that exact same weapon I was trained on and the ammunition at any time, at any time that you want. You can deploy it in any way you want,” he continued. “It is no coincidence when we look at the death toll of Orlando, when you look at Las Vegas, when you see what terrorists do when they get these weapons in their hands, this escalation over the past two, three years continues to climb. There’s nothing right now that will change that or stop that.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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