House Republican Open To Gun Restrictions

Tea Party-backed congressman Phil Gingrey becomes perhaps the most conservative member of Congress to open the door to specific limitations on guns.

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Phil Gingrey is interviewed by the press after the Supreme Court decided to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Why haven’t Republicans developed a Pavlovian reflex to stop touching “legitimate rape,” the most electrified phrase in politics? Georgia Representative Phil Gingrey is the latest to stumble into the Todd Akin buzzsaw. Speaking before a friendly Chamber of Commerce crowd in his Atlanta-area district, the sophomore congressman was asked about abortion and detoured into an attempt to contextualize Akin’s disastrous musings about rape and pregnancy. Gingrey, an OB-GYN, has since objected that his position was “misconstrued” just as Akin’s was; you can decide for yourself by reading his full remarks here.

Liberal blogs lit up in outrage, but the kerfuffle overshadowed the real news Gingrey made during the event. The Tea Party-backed congressman became perhaps the most conservative member of Congress to open the door to specific limitations on guns.

According to an account of the gathering in the Marietta Daily Journal, Gingrey suggested he was receptive to new limits on high-capacity magazines, one of the potential restrictions Vice President Joe Biden’s firearms task force is mulling. Here’s what Gingrey said:

“There are some problems, and maybe these huge magazines even for someone who says, ‘look, I just use an AR-15 for target practice,’ but do you really need to be standing there shooting at a silhouette a shot a second or even quicker with that kind of weapon? For what purpose?…I would be willing to listen to the possibility of the capacity of a magazine.”

According to the paper, Gingrey also said he was “open to revisions” of a loophole that enables buyers to purchase firearms at gun shows without undergoing a background check. (His spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an inquiry from TIME.) Gun-control advocates say up to 40% of gun buyers in the U.S. sail through the loophole. Despite the widespread notion that any new restrictions on gun rights will be tough to thread through a polarized Congress, there is broad public support for imposing universal background checks. In a CNN poll conducted days after the massacre in Connecticut last month, 95% of respondents favored such restrictions. On Thursday, Biden said a similar consensus has emerged in his summits with various stakeholders in the gun debate. He noted “a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks, not just close the gun show loophole but totally universal background checks including private sales.”

Gingrey is not the first Republican to identify new restrictions on gun ownership in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown. New York Republican Peter King, for one, called for reinstating the assault-weapons ban that lapsed during George W. Bush’s Administration. But King is a moderate Republican from a state with stringent gun laws. Gingrey is a staunch southern conservative with an A rating from the NRA. His frank and specific remarks suggest that even amid the charged political landscape of the gun debate, there is some common ground between the two parties, if they can keep politics out of the way.

11 comments
roknsteve
roknsteve

This means the are all for trigger guards, bullet belt guards, rifle nozzle caps, etc.  Don't buy the hype, they are all

 gun hugging, paranoid, no voting, goons.

notsacredh
notsacredh

"Gingrey, an OB-GYN, has since objected that his position was “misconstrued” just as Akin’s was; you can decide for yourself by reading his full remarks here."

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The guy's an OB-GYN. He miscontrued his own BS. How these clowns get appointed to their committees is beyond me. Did he get a practice because he found a certificate in a Cracker Jacks box?

soshaljustic
soshaljustic

Are the Republicans in favor of dropping the thoughts of ever recognizing lack of funding educational tools for NCLB in favor of throwing all the funding over to training educational militias in the school systems rather than provide killer tools? 

"Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called Friday for state-funded, specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings.

Dewhurst, a Republican, said school districts would nominate who they wanted to carry weapons on campus. The training would be more extensive than what is currently required for a Texas concealed handgun license and include how to react technically and emotionally in an active shooter situation."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130111/us-texas-guns-in-schools/?utm_hp_ref=media&ir=media

The Republicans have gone wacky simply to support the NRA. Guns do not belong on the school campuses of small children. The sooner the republican  party realizes they will be further hated when there is collateral (unintentional)  damage of deaths or injury via the use of even one discharge of these guns upon investigation, the republicans will be toast! So be it, they are asking for their own invited party problems! 

fitty_three
fitty_three

Tebaggers don't count anymore. Run 'em over.

cent-fan
cent-fan

An electric door lock activated from the teacher's desk and a reinforced door probably would save most of the kids once the gunman shot his way into the school.  The whole school heard that happening at Newtown and a locked front door was why the gunman had to shoot his way through the glass (last I heard).

Imagining my old teachers (and some were very old) running an obstacle course and popping off at paper figures of wild-eyed gunmen is an interesting picture but unless they're trained to ignore the pandemonium of screaming kids, incomplete information on how many attackers there are, and the hesitation of making a life and death decision that could be very wrong, they have no business acting as armed guards.  More than likely the guns will be stolen from the schools or secured in a place that makes them useless if the time comes... but we don't think about those things when the NRA says "jump".

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

@AlexAltman @outsider2011

You might also have meant electrified " phrase" rather than "phase"