Joe Scarborough, former Republican congressman and host of NBC's Morning Joe, went on a lengthy monologue on the Newtown CT shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
Good luck to the gun lobbyist, good luck to the Hollywood lawyer who tries to blunt the righteous anger of millions of parents by hiding behind twisted readings of our bill of rights.
Scarborough spread the blame on the Newtown shooting and past shootings to guns, violent movies and video games. It was his next point, however, that could resonate across party lines, because of which side of the line Scarborough lives on.
You know me, I am a conservative republican that received the NRA's highest rating over four terms in congress. I saw this debate over guns as a powerful symbolic struggle between individual rights and government control....I've always taken a libertarian approach to Hollywood producers first amendment rights and gun owners second amendment rights.
The gun control debate is a highly partisan one, with the right and most of the center for more or less total gun libtery, and the left for more gun control. By staking out his ground with the traditional gun lovers, Scarborough hopefully earned himself a few extra listeners for his next point:
Friday changed everything. It must change everything. We all must begin anew and demand that Washington's old way of doing business is no longer acceptable. Entertainment moguls don't have an absolute right to glorify murder while spreading mayhem in young minds across America. And our Bill of Rights does not guarantee gun manufacturers the absolute right to sell military-style, high-caliber, semi-automatic combat assault rifles with high-capacity magazines to whoever the hell they want.
Scarborough is careful not to make this just a gun issue. It's a gun issue, but it also related to the media we consume, and our mental health facilities. Guns are the most obvious and simplest problem to fix, but shared sacrifice and blame is far easier to accept than focused blame. Gun freedom advocates tend to listen with NRA-distributed, liberal noise cancelling headphones on. Hopefully Scarborough was able to reach them through a different frequency.