Chuck Todd: Wanting to Stop Shootings a ‘Problem on the Republican Side of the Aisle’

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The liberal hackery was strong on NBC’s Sunday Today as political director Chuck Todd claimed that the debate on how to stop gun violence in America was not a discussion on the method, but a refusal by Republicans to want to stop the killing of innocent people at all. His ridiculous smear came a few days after multiple people were killed at an Indiana FedEx facility by a 19-year-old who was known to the FBI and had a shotgun confiscated from him previously.

Ignoring the fact that the state’s red flag law had failed to keep the troubled teen from purchased two rifles last year, despite the FBI monitoring him, host Willie Geist lamented to Todd about how President Biden was relying on Congress to pass legislation.

“We heard Joe Biden is trying to get Congress to do something. How many times have we heard that before,” he complained, seeming preferring for Biden to do away with the Second Amendment via executive order. “Does anything change with this president? Is there any room for growth? Is there any room for movement on the question of gun safety?”

Todd responded by claiming that his side of the aisle wasn’t the “problem,” it was the Republicans who didn’t want to end the killing “hard stop”:

I don’t think so. This is not a problem on the Democratic side of the aisle, Willie. This is a problem on the Republican side of the aisle, hard stop. And so – And the way things are working in Washington – And look, when you deal with the gun issue, this isn’t something you want to do with one party. And so, I do think there’s a hesitance there. And look, there’s not complete unanimity about how to deal with this on the Democratic side of the aisle.

 

 

“So look, I think, if you are looking for movement, you have to see what are the chances of movement on the Republican side of the aisle,” Todd scoffed.

In reality, the Republican position was to enforce the laws that were already on the books and it was a mental health issue. And as for the FedEx shooting, Indiana’s red flag law failed to stop him while he was apparently known to the FBI and his family was trying to get him help. If he was indeed getting help, why didn’t the professional/s they were seeing follow the law and flag him?

Of course, Todd didn’t care about the facts. Instead, he lashed out at Republican-controlled legislatures in the states for loosening handgun restrictions for law-abiding Americans:

And Republicans are repealing permits for handguns in a lot of states, Willie. That used to not be controversial. So, the debate is so radicalized and shifted on one side of the aisle, I don’t see where you find any sort of ability to change this.

“Yeah, unfortunately, that’s the truth right now. And the flags seem to be flying perpetually at half-staff at the White House and across the country,” Geist chided. (And here’s a hint, Willie was lying.)

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The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

NBC’s Sunday Today
April 18, 2021
8:07:25 a.m. Eastern

WILLIE GEIST: President Biden, once again, is urging Congress to act on gun safety legislation, calling the country’s ongoing gun violence “a national embarrassment.” NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell is at the White House with details. Kelly, good morning.

KELLY O’DONNELL: Good morning, Willie. These terrible mass shooting incidents are putting more pressure on the President to respond to gun violence from the symbolic and ceremonial like lowering flags across the country and here at White House, which he has already done three times to honor victims, and using the bully pulpit, calling these acts a national embarrassment that must stop.

The President did call for some executive rule changes on things like gun-making kits. And again, he’s urging Congress to take action on background checks and assault weapons, a difficult push. The President says he won’t give up until that is done.

(…)

8:09:07 a.m. Eastern

GEIST: Let’s talk about guns. We heard Joe Biden is trying to get Congress to do something. How many times have we heard that before? We thought in 2012, the killing of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook might have prompted action from Congress. But it didn’t, by and large. There were some changes around the margins. Does anything change with this president? Is there any room for growth? Is there any room for movement on the question of gun safety?

CHUCK TODD: I don’t think so. This is not a problem on the Democratic side of the aisle, Willie. This is a problem on the Republican side of the aisle, hard stop. And so – And the way things are working in Washington – And look, when you deal with the gun issue, this isn’t something you want to do with one party. And so, I do think there’s a hesitance there. And look, there’s not complete unanimity about how to deal with this on the Democratic side of the aisle.

So look, I think if you are looking for movement, you have to see what are the chances of movement on the Republican side of the aisle? And if you think about the last decade, Willie, to me, it’s very jarring that Indianapolis happened essentially on the anniversary of Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech, which was 2007, a massacre of 32 people. We thought, “Oh, my god.” There was nothing like it at the time. Sadly, it’s not in our top ten anymore, I think. Or, it’s like fallen down the list. I mean, you sit there —

And Republicans are repealing permits for handguns in a lot of states, Willie. That used to not be controversial. So, the debate is so radicalized and shifted on one side of the aisle, I don’t see where you find any sort of ability to change this.

GEIST: Yeah, unfortunately, that’s the truth right now. And the flags seem to be flying perpetually at half-staff at the White House and across the country. And as you say, Joe Biden’s forced into executive action instead of working with Congress.

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