CNN Asks Gun Control Advocate Mark Kelly If 'Actual Change' on Gun Laws Is 'Possible'
Monday night's AC360 Later welcomed gun control advocate Mark
Kelly, who pushed for stronger gun laws in front of a sympathetic panel.
The segment aired hours after a deadly Nevada school shooting.
Host Anderson Cooper teed up Kelly by asking, "Mark, again, another shooting. When you see this, is actual change possible? Is – have you been able to see any results from the work you and your wife have been doing so far?" Kelly is the husband of former Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Kelly answered that change would happen but would take time. "It's just
a matter of people standing up and asking that their members of
Congress take action."
"If they [Congress] didn't do anything about it after Newtown, when are they going to do something about it?" CNN's chief political analyst Gloria Borger had just said before Kelly's appearance. She added that Democrats in pro-gun states dodged the crusade, which was "probably one of the most frustrating parts to the President, who really put himself on the line on this."
Borger told Kelly that with "even you lobbying," the Senate couldn't pass a background check amendment, "what seemed like a pretty decent compromise to a lot of people."
Panel member Andrew Sullivan pouted, "Isn't that something that we could ask of the gun lobby more, which is say, can we get some real gun safety?"
Legal analyst Sunny Hostin wanted to "tighten up" what she thought were lax gun laws:
"I was looking at this and what was also odd to me was if you have just regular citizens that want to just transfer guns to each other, they don't have to register their guns. Isn't there something that can be done even on local levels to somehow tighten up the laws in places like Nevada?"
Below is a transcript of the segment, which aired on AC360 Later on October 21 at 10:03 p.m. EDT:
— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.