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Santorum argues gun control on ‘This Week’


This news story was published on January 21, 2013.
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Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Rick Santorum said Sunday Republicans should “stick to their guns” when debating U.S. President Barack Obama’s gun control legislation.

“Having a gun and gun ownership is part of how people can feel safer,” the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 GOP presidential candidate said during the roundtable discussion on on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I think we should stick to our guns,” he said.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, disagreed.

“This is not about taking people’s guns away,” she said. “It’s about a narrow set of proposals that will enable use to enforce the existing the gun laws, the ban on assault weapons and a ban on high-capacity magazines.”

Granholm cited popular support for the measures, and said the majority of citizens support the proposals.

Matthew Dowd, political strategist, said Obama is pushing the issue because he has been deeply affected by the Newtown, Conn., tragedy in which a young gunman killed 27 people, including his mother, before taking his own life.

He applauded Obama for discussing mental health, as well as having hospitals and professionals ask those at risk if they have guns in their homes.

But Santorum said the measures, if passed, won’t decrease violence and mass shootings.

“Fifty years ago, you could go on a catalog and buy a gun. There were no restrictions on gun ownership,” he said. “There were no restrictions on anything. And we had a lot less violence in society than we do today.”

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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2 Responses to Santorum argues gun control on ‘This Week’

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Who cares what this right wing idiot says. Him and his followers are a big part of the problem in this country. Of course we had a lot less violence 50 years ago. If you got in a fight you used your fist. People had pride in who they were and what they did. We never locked our doors back then but we sure do now and if you have a disagreement today you better watch out so they don’t pull a gun or knife on you. There are no values today like there used to be. Times are changing as my dad said 50 years ago.

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    Farmboy Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

    The biggest problem with opposing gun control is all of the idiots that agree with you making you look like an idiot too.