Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who was the subject of the movie “Lone Survivor,” says “I don’t think it’s a problem” for people with “psychological problems” to be required to have a background check prior to purchasing a firearm.
Saturday on CNN’s “Smerconish,” Luttrell argued, “when you start messing with the Constitution and what this country was founded on, our baseline is what we call it. It just opens up too many doors.”(RELATED: Watch Taya Kyle Confront Obama During Town Hall Event On Guns In America [VIDEO])
“You start messing with that, then people can say, ‘Well you religion kills people, so let’s start messing with that,'” Luttrell suggested. Or what about “stuff on the news, or social media, it affected, it killed somebody. So I think if you’re going to make a decision like that it can’t be a one-man deal. It’s got to be both houses and the people coming together in unanimous decision when you start messing with the Constitution.”
Host Michael Smerconish then went to Peter Berg, the director of “Lone Survivor,” but Luttrell interjected, “Let me put this out to you, man. I applaud him [Obama] for trying to do something, alright.” (RELATED: Gun Owners Of America: ‘There’s No Reasoning’ With Obama [VIDEO])
“Something has to be done. I mean, I think that should be said, too. Everybody takes jabs at him but he’s trying to do something. I get that,” Luttrell argued. “And I’m not 100 percent on this, but didn’t they open up that if you get a psych eval and the doc thinks you’re crazy he can turn you over to the feds?”
“I don’t know if that’s internet lure or that’s part and parcel of this. Because my understanding and I’ve read it,” Smerconish said. “What he’s trying to do is identify who is a hobbyist at gun sales and to make people subject to background checks. That’s the bottom line. It seems pretty modest, frankly.”
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“Yeah. I don’t see, why is that a problem? I mean, people get driver’s licenses and — I don’t think that’s an issue. In 2016, I don’t think that that’s a problem,” Luttrell said.
“Marcus, they may yank you off that NRA ad, if they hear you say that,” Smerconish interjected.
“To have people with — with psychological problems have a background check before they can buy a weapon? I don’t think the NRA would pull me off that one,” Luttrell said. “If they do, then I need to be pulled off it because… you can’t give a weapon to someone who has mental issues, right.”