A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble.
“[M]y complete answer, off the record, is that we should ban guns altogether, period.” — Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiruvendran Vignarajah, in response to a question from an undercover reporter about his thoughts on gun control.
“Then maybe you might strike a nerve with the American people to get rid of some of these jackasses who live by an old document that is just totally outdated.” — Former TV host Ed Schultz, referring to the U.S. Constitution and those who believe in it.
“Well, Byron, I think we’ve been pretty direct and upfront about the fact that there is no piece of legislation that Congress can pass that would prevent every single act of gun violence. I think the case that we have made is one that rests primarily on our concern about national security and our careful consideration of common sense.” — White House spokesman Josh Earnest, when confronted with the fact that President Barack Obama’s anti-gun proposals would not have stopped a single recent mass shooting.
“But Rubio’s statement stands up to scrutiny.” — Washington Post fact-checker confirming U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s statement that gun laws would have prevented “None of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years that have outraged us.”
“Let there be no mistake … The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. If you’re a person who is legally licensed to carry a firearm, now is the time more than ever to realize that you, and you alone, may very well be the first line of defense for you and your family.” — Brevard County, Fla., Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
“If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists’ point of view, I think you’re, like, out of your mind … I think it’s absolutely insane.” — Actor Kurt Russell in an interview that the host turned toward gun control.