Democratic Senator: Reported White House Gun Control Plan 'Way In Extreme' (Video)
Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp (N.D) told ABC's 'This Week' that gun control plans reportedly being considered by the White House are "way in extreme."
The Washington Post on Saturday reported that the Obama administration is weighing a broad approach to tackling the gun issue. Some of the measures apparently being weighed are universal background checks and stricter penalties for giving guns to a minor or bringing a gun near a school.
Heitkamp, who has an A-rating from the NRA, said that "I think you need to put everything on the table, but what I hear from the administration — and if the Washington Post is to be believed — that’s way — way in extreme of what I think is necessary or even should be talked about. And it’s not gonna pass."
She said that addressing the country's failing mental health system should be a bigger priority for Congress.
“Let’s start addressing the problem," she said. "To me, one of the issues that I think comes — screams out of this is the issue of mental health and the care for the mentally ill in our country, especially the dangerously mentally ill. And so we need to have a broad discussion before we start talking about gun control."
She made simliar comments on CNN's 'State Of The Union'.
Of the rumored White House plan, she said, "I don’t think that proposal necessarily fit the bill for me."
“I’m a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, but I also believe that we need to do things that prevent what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary," she said. “I’m not a big believer that this is a one-size-fits-all solution. We need to have a balanced approach and we need to live in reality, what can you actually get passed."
[quoteSome of the measures apparently being weighed are universal background checks and stricter penalties for giving guns to a minor or bringing a gun near a school.
Fuck you, Heidi Cuntkamp. None of those things are in the least "extreme".
She's just pandering to the ND morons.
[quote]Heitkamp, who has an A-rating from the NRA...
Say no more.
Joe Manchin also has a A-rating from the NRA, and he said that he feels like things like assault weapons and extended magazines need to be examined.
As for Heitkamp, she's new, let's give her a few days to find her footing.
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[quote]way in extreme of what I think is necessary
My cat shits better sentences than Senator Heitkamp.
Isn't she a fresh off the boat, newly elected Senator? Why do we give a damn about her opinion on the matter?
Anyway, reps from sparsely populated states with little gun violence should be relegated to the MSM backseat on this issue.
Exactly R2, when you are a democratic representing a very red state you don't have the luxury being too progressive.
Good. So when we've compromised and bargained away things, perhaps it'll still have some teeth and still be able to make some difference.
Why can't we talk about gun control AND mental health? Adam Lanza may have needed help bu that wouldn't have stopped him from stealing a semi-automatic weapon his mother never should have owned in the first place.
[quote] Heitkamp, who has an A-rating from the NRA
She's been in DC for like five days, and last held elected office 12 years ago.
How does she even have a rating form the NRA or anyone?
Heidi Heitkamp is a conservative Democrat. She just got elected in North Dakota to replace Kent Conrad.
I'm not surprised she's trying to appeal to North Dakota voters by criticizing gun control.