Political commentator and radio host Rush Limbaugh said on Monday that he believes there will be “some kind of attempt to make a deal between the White House and Congress background checks” thanks to the widespread calls for action in the wake of recent mass shootings.
Limbaugh said that his belief is due to “the prevailing winds in Washington are telling everybody, ‘We’ve gotta do something! We’ve got to do something!’
“In their minds, it doesn’t really matter. Just do something so it can be seen that they’ve done something. So it can be seen that there has been a response by our government to the tragedies.”
Limbaugh went on to explain why he believes that no legislative moves will actually inhibit shootings like the ones recently experienced from occurring:
“There isn’t a thing they can do regarding gun legislation that would stop these shootings, because it’s not gun legislation that is responsible for it,” the radio host explained. “The one thing none of this ever takes into account — you can ban guns left and right. You can take guns away from the law-abiding all day. People who intend, who have made up their minds to use guns in a criminal way are going to find them. They are, by definition, criminals.”
Limbaugh went on to say that, “If somebody knew how to stop this, it would have been done long ago. If anybody had the answer to this, it would have been implemented long ago. Nobody does.”
“When the first word out of people’s mouths is that their political opponents are responsible for it, you think it doesn’t have political value, in their minds? And then we are swept away with the ‘We gotta do something!’ We gotta do something, while the premise is out there that the right is responsible for it. We gotta do something. You put all this stuff together, and guess who ends up being blamed for it?
“People that didn’t pull the trigger. People that didn’t know the people that pulled the trigger. People that don’t do things like this end up being blamed for it, and then the policy fix derives or descends from that. So I don’t know how serious some of the people claiming they want this to end really are about that.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.