On his Tuesday show, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz aggressively argued it’s time to curb the right to bear arms, in order to prevent gun violence.
“The bottom line here, folks, is that we are at a crossroads in this country in this conversation,” Schultz said. “If we don’t do it now, when are we going to do it? When do the people’s opinion matter to the lawmakers in Congress? How many more children do we have to see die? And how many more bogus promotional sound bites do we have to have from the National Rifle Association that don’t tell the truth about gun violence in this country? It’s not just laws, it is a societal problem. But we have to take the step forward and do something right.”
Schultz admitted he is sportsman and has used firearms himself. But he argued that the Constitution is “archaic” with regards to firearms.
“I’m a sportsman,” he continued. “I’ve hunted for over 35 years. Do I look like a guy who wants to see my firearms and my freedoms being taken away? No, of course not. But there are sensible laws. You know, we’re right now operating on a document that is archaic in many ways. The Constitution in the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms — they didn’t have machine guns back then, and they didn’t have high-capacity clips back then. They had muskets. And the Constitution has latitude for us to move on this, because society has changed, attitudes have changed, technology and manufacturing has changed. And the death on our streets in this country [has] changed. And we need to do something about it.”