PopPolitics: George Takei on Why the LGBT Movement Should Lead on Gun Control (Listen)

Allegiance George Takei
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In the wake of the Orlando shootings, actor and activist George Takei is calling on the LGBT movement to direct its energies to gun measures, such as a ban on assault weapons, and sees such a strategy as effective given the success in repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and legalizing same-sex marriage.

“We have an infrastructure of organizations now that know how to work within the political arena and how to work on galvanizing the public,” Takei tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “We have had one victory after another. It has taken a long time and a lot of energy, but we have the organizations, we have the activists and we have the motivation.”

Takei was joined by Lorenzo Thione, CEO of the Social Edge and producer of Takei’s “Allegiance” on Broadway. Thione says that a key in galvanizing action on social media is to “get the message to resonate with people who can organize and have a real effect.”


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Takei wrote a piece in the Daily Beast last week in which he wrote that the LGBT community could lead on gun control measures. Just as the First Amendment doesn’t protect such things as falsely shouting “fire” in a crowded theater, he says, there can be restrictions on the Second Amendment.

“It is madness,” he says. “We need to get some rationality on the Second Amendment. This is crazy what we allow ourselves.”

He also says that the Orlando attacks were an “assault on our Constitution,” as the shootings at a gay nightclub were an attack on the First Amendment freedom of assembly and association.

Takei dismisses Donald Trump’s overtures to the LGBT community in the wake of the attacks. “He will say anything, and then the next day or the next hour he will say something else,” Takei says.

Listen below:

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Listen below:

After Orlando

Nikki Schwab of the Daily Mail and David Cohen of Variety talk about whether the Orlando shootings will lead to action on gun control legislation on Capitol Hill. They also talk about Trump’s response, and why the whole idea that he would be dumped from the ticket at the GOP convention is highly unlikely.

Listen below:

“PopPolitics,” hosted by Ted Johnson, airs on SiriusXM’s political channel POTUS on Thursdays from 2-3 pm ET/11 a.m.-noon PT. It also is available on demand.

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  1. Has George forgotten the Tsarnaev Brothers, Terry Nichols, and Timothy McVeigh?
    Here are 4 a-holes who didn’t need a gun to cause terror.
    If it’s not a gun, it’s an IED or something else.

    Americans deserve the right to be able to protect themselves.

    Heck, LAPD said months ago that they can’t always respond immediately to a phone call. (We waited 45 minutes for the police to come to a scene w/ a drunk/high driver in the 90036 who was attempting to flee and accident and tried to assault my partner with a baseball bat. If the incident escalated, having a weapon to protect ourselves would have been helpful.)

  2. Observer says:

    George is such an empty vessel.
    People kill George, not lifeless objects you dolt.

    The problem is the Muslim murderer, focus on that, where it should be. Not some head fake on gun control.
    By the way…. France has huge gun control. Look at what it got them.
    Common sense and logic George…. buy some.

  3. Loving people will not shoot people. Jesus will not crucify Jesus. Jesus in us is the answer.

  4. ItsJo says:

    For ALL concerned about the LGBT Community, you should note, that in 2000 Donald Trump wrote an article in the “Advocate” wherein he stated HIS thoughts on LGBT, and was in favor of their being hired for their talent, compassion and NOT their personal lives. This, would be the OPPOSITE of what Liberal Leaning Media would have you believe, as they insult Trump at each and every turn. The Clinton’s did NOT back the LGBT community, but Trump DID. The story is from 2000, so read it for yourselves, as Trump IS the one who WOULD protect ALL Americans, and is NOT on the “Kickback Trail, as Clinton is, accepting Millions from M.E. Nations, that KILL Gays, AND Women.” She is Lying about Trump, and covering HER Criminality..Wake Up People!

  5. nohw says:

    Gun sales in the LGBT community has risen since the shooting, and good for them! The government failed at every turn, even with a background check, to stop the shooter and Takei thinks we should have more government gun control. Gun control only creates more victims.

  6. The first common sense thing would be a moratorium on muslims coming to our country from terrorists countries.

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