Harris: We Should’ve Locked Lawmakers in a Room and Forced Them to Look at Autopsy Photos of Newtown Kids

‘This is going to sound very harsh’

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HARRIS: "Something like universal background checks. It makes perfect sense that you might want to know before someone can buy a weapon that can kill another human being, you might want to know have they been convicted of a felony, where they committed violence. That’s just reasonable. You might want to know before they can buy that gun if a court has found them to be a danger to themselves or others. You just might want to know. That’s reasonable. (Applause) 

But here’s the thing, and I’m just going to be very, very blunt about this. You know, for years I’ve asked folks in D.C., you know, is the NRA real or is it a paper tiger? Like what’s the deal there? And the feedback is, well, 50/50. But here’s what I’ve witnessed and what we have all witnessed. We have witnessed a case where a seated member of Congress, acting in her official capacity as a member of the United States Congress, was shot and permanently injured. Her name is Gabby Gifford. The people who work with her every day, who know her — you know, we have colleagues. We know them. We know their children. We break bread. We share holiday moments with them. The people who knew her didn’t act.

 She was acting in her official capacity, not on vacation you would think even out of self-interest they would have acted. They failed to act. Twenty 6 and 7-year-old babies were massacred in Connecticut. They failed to act. Here’s what I think. I think that somebody should have required — and this is going to sound very harsh. I think somebody should have required all those members of Congress to go in a room, in a locked room, no press, nobody else, and look at the autopsy photographs of those babies. And then you vote your conscience. This has become a political issue. (Applause) 

This has become a political issue, and it is — there is no reason why we cannot have reasonable gun safety laws in this country. And guess what, guys. Here’s the reality of it also. We’re not waiting for a good idea. We have the good ideas, an assault weapons ban, background checks, right? We’re not waiting for a tragedy. We have seen the worst human tragedies we can imagine. So what’s missing? What’s missing is people in the United States Congress to have the courage to act the right way. (Applause) And I’m so sorry for your loss, and I thank you for using your voice. But there are too many parents that are grieving the loss of their children, too many communities that are grieving the loss of lives that should never have been taken."

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