Senator John Kennedy addressed the national debate surrounding gun control policy this week following a pair of deadly mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado; saying people “abuse America’s freedoms.”
“America is a big country, we’re free. And one of the prices we pay for that freedom is that you’re always going to have some people who abuse it. Freedom is risk. What we’ve got to concentrate on is how to control that risk; you’re not going to stop the killings until you stop the killers,” said Kennedy.
“You don’t stop drunk drivers by getting rid of all sober drivers,” he added, “which is what many of my Democratic friends want to do with respect to the Second Amendment. In my judgment, we do not need more gun control. We need more idiot control. How do we do that? We’ve already tried, the Republicans have, Sen. Grassley, Sen. Cruz had a bill to strengthen our national database. We regulate gun ownership in America. If you’re convicted of certain crimes, if you have a tendency to violence, if you’re mentally ill, and you want to buy a gun, your name has to be run through a database.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed-in Tuesday on the national debate surrounding gun control; saying steps can be taken to allow prosecutors to go after criminals but he will not “apologize for thoughts and prayers.”
“We should allow prosecutors to go after gun criminals. We will learn in the weeks ahead the exact motivations of the murderers in Atlanta and Boulder. We already know this pattern is predictable. There are steps we can take to stop these crimes,” said Cruz.
“I agree it’s time for action. By the way, I don’t apologize for thoughts or prayers. But thoughts and prayers alone are not enough,” he added.
President Biden urged Congress to pass new gun safety measures Tuesday less than 24-hours after a gunman opened fire at a Colorado supermarket; killing ten people including a police officer responding to the assault.
“We’re working very closely with the state and local law enforcement officials, and they’re going to keep me updated as they learn more. You’re going to ask me to speculate — understandably, you’re going to ask me to speculate on what happened, why it happened. And I’m not going to do that now because we don’t have all the information — not until I have all the facts,” said Biden.
“As President, I can use all the resources at my disposal to keep the American people safe. As I said: At this moment, a great deal remains unknown. But three things are certain. First, 10 lives have been lost, and more families have been shattered by gun violence in the state of Colorado. And Jill and I are devastated. And the feeling — I just can’t imagine how the families are feeling — the victims whose futures were stolen from them, from their families, from their loved ones who now have to struggle to go on and try to make sense of what’s happened,” he added.
“And the state that — I even hate to say it because we’re saying it so often: My heart goes out. Our hearts go out for the survivors. The — who had to — had to flee for their lives and who hid, terrified, unsure if they would ever see their families again, their friends again. The consequences of all this are deeper than I suspect we know. By that, I mean the mental consequences — a feeling of — anyway, it just — we’ve been through too many of these,” Biden continued.
Less than a week after the horrific murders of eight people in Georgia, another American city has been scarred by gun violence. Tune in as I deliver remarks. https://t.co/yU7ReRfFko
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 23, 2021
Biden Calls On Congress To Immediately Pass Two New Gun Control Bills And Ban ‘Assault Weapons’ — ‘I Don’t Need Another Minute’ https://t.co/G9LwkS2Ibn
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 23, 2021
“While we’re still waiting for more information regarding the shooter, his motive, the weapons he used, the guns, the magazines, the weapons, the modifications that apparently have taken place to those weapons that are involved here, I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone, an hour, to take common sense steps, that will save lives in the future and urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” the president said. “We can ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines in this country once again.”
“This is not a partisan issue. It is an American issue,” he continued. “But we have to act.”
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KENNEDY on DEM STIMULUS: ‘It’s Not a Coronavirus Bill, It’s a “Let’s Remake Western Civilization” Bill’
Senator John Kennedy spoke with Sean Hannity Wednesday night on Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion spending bill; saying the Speaker of the House “overplayed her hand” by including billions in unrelated spending.
“I don’t think we’re going to have a fifth bill… Some of my colleagues disagree, but I think it’s less than 50%. I think Speaker Pelosi overplayed her hand. Her bill is so grandiose, it’s not a Coronavirus bill, it’s basically a ‘Let’s remake Western Civilization’ Bill,” said Sen. Kennedy.
“If she takes it back to the Ocasio-Cortez wing in the House, they’re not going to support it. I think she overplayed her hand here,” he added.
Watch Sen. Kennedy on ‘Hannity’ above.
KENNEDY: Only Way to Improve CoVID Bill is ‘With a Shredder,’ Plan is Nothing But an ‘Orgy of Pork’
Senator John Kennedy blasted the Democrats’ latest Coronavirus “relief bill” Thursday night as an “orgy of pork”, accusing far-left lawmakers of using the global pandemic to pass a liberal wish-list of progressive policies.
“President Biden said we want to meet you half-way. If that’s the case he’s a damn poor judge of distance. This bill is dreadful. The only way I know how to improve it is with a shredder. It’s not even a Coronavirus bill,” said Kennedy. “Calling this a coronavirus bill is like calling Harvey Weinstein a feminist.”
“It’s chock-full of spending porn. Billions to pension programs. Billions to schools with no requirement that they open. It’s an orgy of pork,” he added. “It’s using the virus as an excuse to fund pork is like looting after a natural disaster.”
Watch Kennedy’s comments above.