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In case you missed it, the most quotable moments from Sunday morning’s news shows:
“I think of him almost as a terrorist, right? He wanted to take away not just the people in that theater but from the country our ability to enjoy life, to — to go to a movie theater, which is for most of us is a refuge where we can get away from the rest of some of the pressures of life.”
— Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on NBC’s “Meet the Press” discussing the shooting suspect who allegedly killed 12 and injured 59 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on Friday morning.
“You know, there are — there are guns that are advertised on the Internet — .50-caliber rifle, and it says, ‘able to bring down a commercial jetliner at a mile and a half’ or ‘armor-piercing bullets.’ Last time I saw a deer wearing a bulletproof vest was a long time ago.”
— New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on CBS’ “Face the Nation” discussing gun control.
“I would put in place some reasonable gun control laws. I don’t think you ban all guns. That’s not the solution. Most people are reasonable and legitimate gun owners. But why not have registration, why not have mandatory recording of any sale or transfer of a firearm that’s done privately? Why not ban assault weapons and large capacity magazines? I mean, we don’t need this stuff. And you have got to have serious consequences for people who commit crime using a handgun, and I mean very, very, stiff prison sentences.”
— Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey on ABC’s “This Week.”
“The congressman who made the comment about if people in the theater had been armed, they may have been able to stop this individual. He was armed to the teeth with all types of bullet protection materials. The ability of a citizen to try and take that individual down equipped the way he was would have been de minimis.”
— Former Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton on “Meet the Press.”
“You look at what we’ve heard about the apartment and the sophistication of the devices that were disarmed or disabled there, and you — you realize that even the kinds of ingredients you can find in your own kitchen can be used to make bombs. So the problem here is with the people and not with the — with the tools.”
— Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on “Meet the Press.”
“The fact of the matter is, though, he’s sick and demented, you know, evil individual. And, unfortunately, I don’t think society can keep sick and demented individuals from obtaining any type of weapon to kill people. I mean, somebody who wants to purposely harm another individual is going to find a method of doing it. Case in point, if you wanted to kill people in that theater what was the first he did? He walked in the doors and he threw some incendiary devices. He could have made some other explosives.”
— Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on “Fox News Sunday.”
“My thoughts are these — pure and simple — weapons of war don’t belong on the streets.”
— Sen. Dianne Feinsten, D-Calif., on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I always look at it this way, no one from the NRA is ever going to vote for me and they’re just not. They might even come after me on other issues. But the thing of it is, as a politician, a lot of politicians know it’s the right thing to try to fight for something to save lives. They don’t have the spine anymore. They pander to who’s giving them money.”
— Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., on “Meet the Press.”
“I admire the congresswoman but I was on a phone call with House Speaker Tom Foley, Dick Gephardt and the President — President Clinton in 1994 when he decided to push ahead with the Assault Weapons Ban and the Brady Bill, which have now both expired. And Foley and Gephardt said, look this is going to cost us a lot of Democratic seats in the midterms, and it did. The numbers have gotten worse since then. The situation has gotten worse. You can’t even get the Congress to prohibit people who are on the terrorist watch list from buying weapons, they won’t accept that. So, David, you’re right, we’re going to have to focus on the person because we’re not going to be able to do anything about the guns. We’ve reached a state of stasis on this issue and we’re not going to move on it.”
— Democratic strategist Bob Shrum on “Meet the Press.”
“You’d surmise intelligently, that if Hezbollah backed by Iran did this in Cyprus a week earlier, that the same modus operandi repeats itself in Bulgaria. That would be an intelligence surmised for those who see only that. But the prime minister of Israel sees more than that. And I give you a clear statement. We have unquestionable, fully substantiated intelligence that this was done by Hezbollah backed by Iran.”
— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on “Face the Nation” speaking about an Israeli tourist bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed five.
“They have enriched material for five nuclear bombs, five nuclear bombs, that is 70 percent of the enriched material that they need, which is low grade uranium enriched. They are continuing to enrich with one bomb. They’re getting very close to the 20 percent. That’s the higher enrichment necessary to get 90 percent of the way to the first bomb. So, they are basically thumbing their nose at the international community, the leading powers that are called P5-plus-1. And they are basically saying, we can talk, we can delay and we can deceive and while we continue to race towards atomic weapons. So, that’s effectively what’s happening.”
— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on “Fox News Sunday” discussing Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
“There is — I — I think that as Mitt Romney went through this process, what I — what I can tell you is that he’s a person of decency with the highest ethical character and background and there was nothing that — that was disqualifying, that the pick in 2008 wasn’t about any deficiency with Mitt Romney, it was a political decision that we made in a very bad political circumstance.”
— Republican strategist and John McCain 2008 senior adviser Steve Schmidt on “Meet the Press” discussing Mitt Romney’s tax returns.
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