During an interview on CNN’s New Day Monday Morning, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) fired back at host Chris Cuomo’s assertion that the hostage situation in Australia may have been averted if that country didn’t have such strict gun control laws. Essentially, Cuomo was taking the position we’ve heard from the NRA and many of the ‘open carry’ fanatics who have insisted that gun control laws only help criminals and put innocent people at risk due to them being unarmed. The CNN host appeared to be advocating for more people to have access to assault rifles as that would place more “good guys with guns” on the streets.
As this month also represents the second anniversary of the tragic Newtown school shooting, Murphy wasn’t buying what Cuomo was selling. The Connecticut senator stood by his principles and not only defended stricter gun control but pointed out that communities that have more guns have more shooting deaths. Cuomo first stated that the Australian hostage taker likely used a shotgun, which is illegal in Australia, and therefore this seemingly proves that Australia’s gun control laws don’t work. He then asked Murphy if he thinks he can really achieve anything with gun control in this country considering our citizens feel they need to have assault weapons to stop disturbed individuals such as this man.
Murphy retorted with the following comments.
“Ultimately, what we know is when gunmen walk into crowded places, they kill more people when they have powerful assault weapons. And this mythology that you end up killing bad guys by arming good guys just doesn’t work. Study after study shows you that in communities that have more guns, more people get killed. And the reality is that if you have a gun at home, you are more likely to be killed by it than kill an attacker or someone that’s going after your neighbor.
So, we’ve got to have a conversation in this country about the kinds of weapons that we make legal because assault weapons are more likely than not going to be used in these mass slaughters rather than used by some citizen to stop someone in one of those situations.”
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Raw Story:
Later on in the conversation, Murphy pointed out that we’ve seen one school shooting a week since Sandy Hook, and that should be more than enough to keep gun control in our national conversation. He also argued that if the Sydney situation were happening in the United States, the gunman would likely have more deadly weaponry at his disposal. It should also be pointed out that since Australia banned assault weapons in 1996 after a terrible mass shooting the country has not experienced another mass shooting.
It seems odd that Cuomo is taking this ‘good guys with guns’ stance that is the rallying cry of gun rights advocates so soon after an open carry activist murdered her husband and stepdaughter. Valerie Dunnachie, a member of Open Carry Texas and Open Carry Tarrant County, was arrested last week in connection with the double homicide. She was supposed to be one of the ‘good guys,’ yet turned out to be one of the ‘bad guys.’ Maybe we shouldn’t be looking at the moral absolutists of the NRA and gun rights groups for our answers, especially when their main goal is to just get more guns sold.