Scarborough to Jarrett: ‘80 Percent of Republicans’ Support Obama on Background Checks!
HALPERIN: "What is the current source or sources of the NRA's power?"
JARRETT: "The sources of the NRA's power is they've had a well-oiled machine where they've generated a lot of revenue that they use to influence members of Congress. What the president has said is that the American people have a lot of of power, too and and when their voices are heard, they'll be more powerful than the NRA. 90% of the American people supported the legislation that the president was supporting back then. 90%. I met with gun owners around the country who share the president's priority. They say, look, we went through a background check. Why shouldn't everybody who has a gun go through a background check. That is not an unreasonable burden to put on people."
SCARBOROUGH: "By the way, Lawrence O'Donnell, 80% of Republicans that vote in early primary states support increased background checks. 80%. This is not about gun owners across America, this is about three or four people nm Washington, D.C. This isn't about the NRA. This is about three or four people running the Washington branch of the NRA. Valerie?"
JARRETT: "Well, whatever it is, it kept the members in the Republican party from supporting legislation when the vast majority of Americans supported it. We're saying, look, we still want to put pressure on Congress to do the right this evening and we need the American people to help us do that but in the meantime, he's going to help to keep guns out of the wrong hand, improve technical jirk make background checking more efficient, bring in digital services to make it work 24 hours a day, provide mental health resources, a half a billion dollars to help with mental health, make sure the social security administration is giving information on people who are at risk. This is an ongoing process that the president is committed to. Nothing has frustrated them more than Congress' unwillingness to act on this issue since he has been in the office."