Meet the Press Praises Democrats for Merging ‘Terrorism and Guns Together’

The big question the Meet the Press panel tackled on Sunday was, as moderator Chuck Todd put it, “Is the gun debate changed this week?” Todd believed it had, explaining how Democrats have read the GOP’s play book on getting legislation passed, “And Democrats, for the first time, decided to merge terrorism and guns together and run with it. And it did change the rhetoric of the Republicans.

To start off, a sad sounding Gwen Ifill of PBS lamented how gun-control has yet to be implemented, “A year ago, Charleston, we have since seen San Bernardino. Not long ago we saw Newtown, we have seen this over and over again, Aurora, schools, bars, it doesn't matter, nothing has actually changed.” But Todd thought otherwise.

After a brief discussion of gun-control bills in the works Todd accused Republicans of being masters of, “using the fear of terrorism as a way to get some controversial legislation passed.” Which legislation he was referring to was never mentioned, but Ifill blurted out that what Republicans really used was “hatred.”

He went on to praise the Democrats for running the same play against Republicans, “And Democrats, for the first time, decided to merge terrorism and guns together and run with it. And it did change the rhetoric of the Republicans.

Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin argued that a national shift on gun control would happen because of the LGBT community backing it, and a President Hillary Clinton. Halperin admitted that right now there may not be an effective push for gun control because of the House but, “Next year, if Hillary Clinton wins, with coat tails, and brings in a clear mandate for a lot of provisions that have never been talked about.

Halperin went on to praise Clinton for her bravery on gun-control claiming, “We have had two Democratic presidents both afraid of talking about this issue.” Even though President Bill Clinton signed the 1994 assault weapons ban and President Barack Obama had been very vocal about his support for gun-control. 

Partial transcript below: 

NBC
Meet the Press
June 19, 2016
11:17:10 PM Eastern

CHUCK TODD: Well, is the gun debate changed this week or not Gwen?

GWEN IFILL: A year ago, Charleston, we have since seen San Bernardino. Not long ago we saw Newtown, we have seen this over and over again, Aurora, schools, bars, it doesn't matter, nothing has actually changed. We always say there is going to a turning point.

The conversation this week is about terror watch lists, no fly, and not being able to buy a gun if you're on the no-fly list. That could make a change, the president is very passionate about that. That doesn't mean that will change something like this. And the conversations about gun show loopholes, again, something which the NRA has never budged even half an inch. Donald Trump says he's going to meet with the NRA, I hasn't happened yet. I’ll be very curious how that conversation goes.

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TODD: It does seem as if Democrats, you know—  Republicans, when they have used terrorism they have gotten legislation passed, using the fear of terrorism

IFILL: hatred.

TODD: -- as a way to get some controversial legislation passed. And Democrats, for the first time, decided to merge terrorism and guns together and run with it. And it did change the rhetoric of the Republicans.

MARK HALPERIN: And I would add a third element, which is the LGBT community which is now also looking at gun control. This change, if this is going to happen, comes from the fact that the Democrats are on the precipice of nominating the most pro-gun control candidate in the history of either party. And she can claim a mandate if she wins this election— the NRA still dominates the House, you saw the interview with Paul Ryan. The House isn’t going to budge. I can't imagine significant legislation passing now.

TODD: This year.

HALPERIN: this year. Next year, if Hillary Clinton wins, with coat tails, and brings in a clear mandate for a lot of provisions that have never been talked about. For as much— We have had two Democratic presidents both afraid of talking about this issue, she’s not. 


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