National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday responding to President Obama and other anti-gun liberals who are calling for gun-control legislation in the wake of Thursday’s campus shooting in Oregon.
In statements made Thursday night after the shooting, Obama said: “This is something we should politicize,” adding that it is “a political choice that we make to allow [these shootings] to happen every few months in America.”
Cooke responded to these comments made by the President and others like him: “The way they talk is as if they have the answer and there are these recalcitrant forces in the country that say ‘no, no, no,’ even though deep down they know their legislation will work. That’s simply not the case. It’s far more complicated than that.”
In response, Time journalist Mark Halperin said that there must be “passion to try to come up with solutions.”
After a back and forth with Halperin and Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, Cooke asked the question that quieted both:
“What is it you’re proposing?” [emphasis added.]
Former Vermont governor and DNC Chairman Howard Dean jumped into the conversation, suggesting universal background checks and holding gun dealers responsible, if they sell guns to those with a mental illness.
Cooke responded that now they could at least have a debate whether those proposals would actually address the problem of mass shootings.
He continued by critiquing President Obama’s reaction to the shooting: “before any details were known here, before they knew who the shooter was, what gun he used, where he had got the gun, the president came out…and said you know what we need to do? These three things we always talk about. Once again, those three things didn’t even intersect with this shooting.”