A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble.
“Since we last debated in Las Vegas (Oct. 13), nearly 3,000 people have been killed by guns. Two hundred children have been killed. This is an emergency.” — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, inflating numbers to three times higher than they really are.
“I hope so.” — President Barack Obama in a GQ magazine interview, responding to the question of whether gun control would be his “dominant” issue next year.
“We have this weird habit in this culture of mourning and, you know, 48, 72 hours of wall-to-wall coverage, and then … suddenly we move on. And I will do everything I can to make sure that there’s a sustained attention paid to this thing.” — President Obama in the same interview, ignoring the 24-hour news cycle in so-called “mainstream” media, whose calls for gun control extend for weeks or even months after a mass murder.
“I was a bit horrified by that. I don’t think Australia is a model for the United States on gun control at all.” — Australian Sen. David Leyonhjelm on Hillary Clinton saying Australian-style gun control, including confiscation, is worth considering.
“I haven’t thought of proposing gun legislation. I think the big problem we have is enforcing the law as we have on the books right now.” — New U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, answering questions following the Paris terror attack.
“This is not only a law enforcement issue, it is a public safety issue that must be immediately addressed.” — Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, on his push to end the NFL’s ban on law enforcement officers carrying firearms in stadiums on game day.