Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) today refused to support closing the gun show loophole and refused to make background checks for all purchases of assault rifles mandatory because “the second amendment is about freedom.” Jordan, debating Congressman Chris Van Holland (D-MD) on Fox News, responding to the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy hook massacre, claimed “more restrictions on law-abiding Americans is not going to prevent these kind of tragedies,” and said, “you’ve got to remember that bad guys aren’t stupid, they’re just bad.”
Fox News’ guest host John Roberts was all to happy to push the NRA agenda, positing that, “when you look at the language of all of those bills — and these all came out in the wake of the Newtown shooting — would anything in any one of those, have prevented that shooting?”
Van Holland talked about a “comprehensive approach,” and said that “the argument against gun safety provisions is always ‘because it doesn’t solve everything we shouldn’t do anything.’ I don’t subscribe to that. I believe we need a comprehensive approach we need to look at all the different elements here and just because a particular effort won’t prevent something in one particular incident doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything that might help in other instances.”
Jordan, who Friday voted against a bill to fund relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, repeatedly said, “the Second Amendment is about freedom,” to which Roberts agreed — with no pushback, or challenge, as in, what about the freedom of law-abiding citizens to not be killed by guns?
In 2011, Congressman Jordan was at the forefront of an attempt by Congress to overturn Washington, D.C.’s same-sex marriage law.
Hat tip: David Edwards at The Raw Story
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