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MSNBC Host Goes Off On Republican Rep For ACCUSING Him Of EXPLOITING Newtown Shooting For Political [View all]





Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) accused MSNBCís Joe Scarborough and other gun safety advocates of politicizing the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to advance a ďpolitical agendaĒ of greater gun safety, outraging the former Florida Congressman.


ďI think itís an issue of the Second Amendment,Ē Huelskamp said in response to a question abut why he opposes banning assault weapons. ďIt says we have a right to protect ourselves.Ē He added: ďbut Gosh, letís step back. Letís not build on the tragedy in Connecticut and use that to actually push a political agenda.Ē The charge riled Scarborough who, in the aftermath of the shooting, abandoned his opposition to gun safety and said that he would support sensible gun regulations.


The Morning Joe host quickly reminded Huelskamp that the nation acted swiftly after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and explained that taking sensible measures to prevent future massacres is not exploitative. But Huelskamp insisted that the government should stay out and said that parents must educate their children to not play violent video games:




SCARBOROUGH: To push a political agenda?

HUELSKAMP: Oh, absolutely. This president and his folks are using this to push Ė

SCARBOROUGH: Letís talk about September 11th, Congressman. Were there some changes made in this country because of the tragedy of September 11th? Was that just using a tragedy, 3,000 deaths, to try to make americans safer? Do you dare come on my show and say I am using the slaughter of 20 little 6 and 7-year-old children, Iím using that for political purposes, Tim?

HUELSKAMP: Joe, how many children do you have?

SCARBOROUGH: Iíve got four children, Tim. Answer my question.

HUELSKAMP: So do I. And I refuse to let you say that because you have children, or anybody else, that we need to actually politicize this. But I see folks in Washington ó I donít know about you. I donít watch your show. Youíre trying to politicize this.

SCARBOROUGH: Tim, Iím not going to let you say that I am, quote, politicizing the slaughter of 20 children. But you said anybody talking about thisÖ. So we canít at least talk about guns without you questioning my integrity and saying that Iím using the death of 20 children to try to make life for my children a little bit safer? We canít even talk about it without you coming on this show and insulting me personally?










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http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/12/21/1370251/msnbc-host-goes-off-on-republican-rep-for-accusing-him-of-exploiting-newtown-shooting-for-political-purposes/

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