- Posted January 17, 2013 by
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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Gun control debate: Background checks
Bob Schieffer becomes worse than Chris Matthews!
BOB SCHIEFFER: ...let's remember: there was considerable opposition when Lyndon Johnson went to the Congress and...presented some of the most comprehensive civil rights legislation in the history of this country. Most people told him he couldn't get it done, but he figured out a way to do it. And that's what Barack Obama is going to have to do...what happened in Newtown was probably the worst day in this country's history since 9/11. We found Usama bin Laden. We tracked him down. We changed the way that we dealt with that problem. Surely, finding Usama bin Laden; surely, passing civil rights legislation, as Lyndon Johnson was able to do; and before that, surely, defeating the Nazis, was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby.
Schieffer then lobbied for the Democratic politician to do everything in his power to get stricter gun control passed, as he bluntly outlined the apparent stakes for the country:
SCHIEFFER: This is a turning point in this country, and the president is going to have to do more than just make a speech about it. This is one of the best speeches I've ever heard him deliver, but it's going to take more than that from the White House. He's going to have to get his hands dirty. He's going to have to get in there and – and work this problem until he gets it done. But unless we figure out a way to make sure that something like Newtown never happens again, we're not the country that we once were. I think we still are. I think there's hope. I think something's going to happen here.