Joe Scarborough, Once Top Ranked by NRA, Calls for Gun Control

“Morning Joe” co-anchor Joe Scarborough opened the show this morning with a call for stricter gun control laws, saying, “from this day forward nothing can be the same again.”

When he was in Congress, Scarborough received the NRA’s highest ratings, something he noted on the show, but “the battle we now must fight, the battle we have to win, is for the
safety and the sanity of your children and mine. That is a war at home
that we must win.”

He also addressed Hollywood and its depiction of violence, saying, “You know me. I am a conservative Republican who received the NRA’s
highest ratings over four terms in Congress. I saw this debate over guns
as a powerful symbolic struggle between individual rights and
government control. And you know what? In the years after Waco and Ruby
Ridge, the symbolism of that debate seemed even more powerful to me. But
the symbols of that ideological struggle — they’ve been shattered by
the harvest zone from violent, mind-numbing video games and gruesome
Hollywood movies that dangerously desensitize those who struggle with
mental-health challenges. And then add in military-styled weapons and
high-capacity magazines to that equation, and tragedy can never be too
far behind.”

He added, “Friday changed everything. It must change everything. It’s time for Washington to stop trying to win endless wars overseas while we’re losing the war at home.”

The full segment below.

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