On Wednesday, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R., La.) unabashedly stated that America needs “more idiot control” in rebutting the idea of gun control
Free Beacon reports:
Louisiana’s junior senator conducted an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune to explain his opposition to a bipartisan gun-control measure introduced by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R., Tex.).
The legislation, S. 2135 or the Fix National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act, was introduced in November of 2017 by Cornyn after the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting.
The bill aims to increase the efficiency of federal and state agencies in reporting criminal offenses and other pertinent background information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database.
The NICS database, which is run by the FBI, determines if individuals are eligible to purchase firearms.
The act would reward compliant agencies with greater federal funds and penalize those who do not.
“We don’t need a law to try to get federal workers to do their jobs. We shouldn’t be asking government workers to ‘pretty please with sugar on top, can you do your job?’” said Kennedy.
“To me, the state employees and the federal employees already have an incentive to comply with the NICS. It’s called their job.”
So far, 35 other senators have signed onto the measure: 17 Republicans, 17 Democrats, and Sen. Angus King (I., Maine).
“It has bipartisan support,” said Kennedy. “It appears I will be the only no vote.”
This isn’t the first time Kennedy has explained policy reasoning through colorful terms.
Last year, during the confirmation process of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the senator compared school choice to shopping for mayonnaise at the grocery store.
The new Republican administration has been a strong advocate of the Second Amendment, with President Donald Trump leading the charge.
In an address to the National Rifle Association, he gave the following remarks:
“The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump told NRA members, assuring them that they now “have a true friend and champion in the White House.”
“I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” Trump said. “Never ever.”
Even in the face of pressure after the small-town Texas church shooting, the president did not cave, but gave a great response to the reporter who popped the question about gun control:
“I think that mental health is your problem here,” Mr. Trump told reporters at a news conference in Japan, the first stop on his 12-day overseas trip.
Based on preliminary reports, the gunman in Sutherland Springs, Tex., was a “very deranged individual,” he said.
“We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries.”
“But this isn’t a guns situation,” Mr. Trump added. “I mean, we could go into it, but it’s a little bit soon to go into it.
But fortunately, somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction, otherwise it would have been — as bad it was — it would have been much worse.
But this is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event.”