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Joe Scarborough Compares Gun Deaths In America To The Vietnam War

Julia Nista General Assignment Reporter

Joe Scarborough addressed gun deaths in America, comparing them to the Vietnam war that he and Mika had been “discussing lately” while simultaneously calling the NRA “extreme” Thursday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

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“You know, Mika, we have been talking an awful lot about Vietnam lately. Unfortunately, we’re looking back 50 years later, we’re looking at the documentary, we’re looking at the carnage, we’re looking at the people still impacted by those deaths and yes, we Americans are still haunted by the 58,000 Americans who lost their lives needlessly in Vietnam. And yet, more than 58,000 Americans will be killed by guns before the end of next year. Let me say that again, more people will die in America by guns this year and next, than died in a decade in Vietnam,” Scarborough said.

Scarborough continued to talk about American approval of background checks, and then went on to bash the NRA.

“95 percent want increased background checks on gun buyers. And you know what, Mika, that includes me. I’m going to be buying guns, shotguns, for my children. A lot of people do that. They go out hunting. They go out target practicing. It’s way of life. But here’s the biggest kick, Mika, here’s the kicker to it all, the people who have grown up with guns around them like you and like me, and all of my friends in Pensacola, think the NRA has become extreme and what their schools to be safe just like we want our children’s schools to be safe. The NRA we grew up with that NRA is no longer interested in protecting gun rights, they’re interested in promoting gun sales,” Scarborough continued.

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