Bright: Strongly Disagree
"I have a gun. I don't know how to shoot it, but I have one," Pavilack said.
"I believe South Carolina is ready for a woman like me," Dickerson said. "I have paid my dues."
SCOTT: To rush to judgment, I think, is a bit premature on what we should do. We should take a very serious look at whatever it takes to keep our kids safe at school. We don't know what that is yet.
Q: But would you be in favor of changing some laws, like, for example, banning these assault weapons?
SCOTT: I would love to see what comes out of the committee [which Obama has just appointed], with Vice President Biden putting together a holistic approach, looking at the opportunities to seriously address all the issues of mental illness to other issues, understanding what happened and why. After we have those answers, we'll be in a much better position to decide the path forward.
A: Letís get the record straight. First of all, thereís no question that I support 2nd Amendment rights, but I also support an assault weapon ban. Look, Iíve been governor in a pretty tough state. Youíve heard of blue states. In the toughest of blue states, I made the toughest decisions and did what was right for America. I have conservative values.
A: The first point Iíd want to make is my sincerest condolences to the families of those loved ones that perished. It was an unspeakable tragedy. Youíre right; Iím a Westerner. The 2nd Amendment is precious in the West. But I want to just state for the record, a vast majority of gun owners are law-abiding. This is an issue that deals with two fundamental problems in our system. The first is mental illness. We should ensure that all federal and state initiatives deal with making sure those with mental illnesses cannot get a gun. We should find ways to ensure that our schools get the help that they need to detect these mentally ill patients. Secondly, Iím for instant background checks. We have to make sure states are properly funded to be able to detect those problems.
A: Yes. You know, I remember very well when I accompanied Bill to Columbine after that massacre and met with the family members of those who had been killed and talked with the students, and feeling that we had to do more to try to keep guns out of the hands of the criminal and of the mentally unstable. And during the Clinton administration, that was a goal--not to, in any way, violate peopleís Second Amendment rights, but to try to limit access to people who should not have guns. Unfortunately, we saw the tragedy unfold at Virginia Tech. We now know that the background check system didnít work, because certainly this shooter, as heís called, had been involuntarily committed as a threat to himself and others. And, yet, he could walk in and buy a gun.
Thatís only half true. Itís correct that Seung-hui Cho had a court-documented history of mental illness that should have precluded his purchase of a firearm. And he was indeed found to present ďan imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illnessď in a ruling dated December 14, 2005. But the Judge did not check a box that would have declared Cho Ēan imminent danger to others.ď Moreover, the judge declined to involuntarily commit Cho and sent him to outpatient counseling. Clintonís confusion on this might stem from bad reporting by some news outlets that said Cho was found to be a danger to himself and others.
[Show of hands]: Senator Gravel, Senator Biden, Senator Dodd, Governor Richardson, Congressman Kucinich.
Q: Sen. Biden, what could the federal government have done to save those kids at Virginia Tech?
A: What they could have done is three things.
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