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5. Asked about shootings, new House speaker says, 'It's not guns'
Mon Oct 30, 2023, 02:06 PM
Oct 2023

Johnson thinks that Americans have darker hearts than the rest of the world where mass shootings are rare compared to the United States.


It was against this backdrop that new House Speaker Mike Johnson sat down with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and fielded a question about those advocating new safeguards to prevent future slayings. The Louisiana Republican responded:

At the end of the day, the problem is the human heart. It’s not guns, it’s not the weapons. At the end of the day, we have to protect the right of the citizens to protect themselves, and that’s the Second Amendment. And that’s why our party stands so strongly for that. ... This is not the time to be talking about legislation. We’re in the middle of that crisis right now.

So, a few things.

First, the idea that the problem is “the human heart” and not firearms is belied by the experiences of pretty much every other country on the planet. There are billions of human hearts in nations around the globe, but mass shootings like these are only common in the United States. Unless the Louisiana Republican is prepared to argue that American hearts are somehow worse than other people’s hearts, this is not an argument to be taken seriously.

Second, it’s true that the crisis in Maine is still unfolding, and efforts to apprehend the suspected shooter are underway. But it’s also true that Johnson and his GOP colleagues will be no more interested in new safeguards after the immediate crisis has subsided than they are now.

Third, the idea that the United States has to choose between the status quo and the Second Amendment is plainly false. There are a great many potentially lifesaving safeguards that policymakers can create that would fall well within constitutional boundaries. It would simply take some political will — which among Republicans, does not appear to exist.
Me too! sagetea Oct 2023 #1
(Any chance we can get him there tomorrow?) lastlib Oct 2023 #7
Imagine having a religion where you want everyone murdering each other in cold blood. Irish_Dem Oct 2023 #2
Sounds like it's Johnson's own problem. calimary Oct 2023 #3
Yes Mr. Johnson, the problem is indeed the human heart. After a person is shot with an AR whatever, they die. justhanginon Oct 2023 #4
Yes Mr. Johnson, the problem is indeed the human heart. 2naSalit Oct 2023 #10
Asked about shootings, new House speaker says, 'It's not guns' LetMyPeopleVote Oct 2023 #5
He has a lot of hate in heart. LiberalFighter Oct 2023 #9
Re: point #2: robbob Oct 2023 #14
Fabulous response! Diamond_Dog Oct 2023 #6
This guy musclecar6 Oct 2023 #8
It's odd listening to the new Speaker du Jour opine about the "human heart." ShazzieB Oct 2023 #11
I think we can all agree that State Rep Justin Jones needs to go far in politics. NNadir Oct 2023 #12
He upholds defective beliefs and policies. The_Casual_Observer Oct 2023 #13
love Justin Jones I will stop and listen to just about anything he has to say hydrolastic Oct 2023 #15
If there were no guns in this country how many mass shootings do you think there would be? Maraya1969 Oct 2023 #16
So let's go along with his statement... RainCaster Oct 2023 #17
Gun supporters are wrong about the 2nd Amendment Danascot Oct 2023 #18
I ABSOLUTELY agree with this statement. world wide wally Oct 2023 #21
Great quote from Justin Jones. sheshe2 Oct 2023 #19
Bravo, Rep. Jones! Keep it up! (nt) Paladin Oct 2023 #20
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