SCOTT: Should we be talking about, Rich, banning violence in movies or any number of other things that could help alleviate the problem?
LOWRY: Yes. On the gun thing, I don't have a problem with there being a debate about guns in the wake of someone shooting a lot of people. The Michael Eric Dyson thing was gregarious, pushing this brother of the victim to agree with him on gun control. And then I also have a problem because so much of the commentary in the press is ether misinformed or are extremely wishful and unrealistic on this issue. The assault weapons ban, whenever it is raised, it should be pointed out that assault weapons are basically scary-looking semi automatic rifles of the sort that people actually do use to hunt deer.
Even if banned assault weapons, re-instituted the same ban right now, he could have gotten all of the same stuff because he could have bought it used. If you want to keep so-called assault weapons out of this guy's hands, you have the go and confiscate every single existing assault weapon, which is never, ever going to happen.
POWERS: On behalf of the deer law, I don't think that is fair. What do they need an assault weapon for to hunt a deer?
LOWRY: An assault weapons is the same thing --
LOWRY: -- as a semi automatic weapon.
PINKERTON: -- the political debate is -- for now, is pretty static. Two things to watch for. The mainstream and --
LOWRY: Thanks a lot, Jim.
LOWRY: Give me some of your creative thinking over there. We will be static and proud of it.
PINKERTON: It's static. It's a tie. It is frozen. And it's not going to happen between now and Election Day. Two things. One is, as Ramsey Cox at The Hill pointed out, the Senate Democrats are trying to attach amendments to things that slip in gun control, for example, on the cyber security. Something to watch for, little hidden riders here and there. And also, Ron Brownstein and a lot of others, like at the National Journal, are trying to create some political space for the president to evolve his position on this issue. The same way that the issue on gay marriage evolved in two and a half years, I predict he will spend the next three months evolving so that the promise being that if he gets reelected; he will push gun control in his second term.
SCOTT: Up next, whose quotes are getting more media coverage?
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OBAMA: If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.
OBAMA: There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.
OBAMA: Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we had that allowed you to thrive.
OBAMA: Somebody invested roads and bridges. If you have a business, that -- you didn't build that.
OBAMA: Somebody else made that happen.
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SCOTT: President Obama from two weeks ago. His words still getting media attention this week. And so did this comment Mitt Romney made to NBC about Olympic security concerns.
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ROMNEY: You know it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. There were a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials. That obviously is not something which is encouraging.
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SCOTT: Which of the comments got more criticism?
Judy, want to take that one on?
MILLER: Which week?
We have been having this gaffe-fest and gaffe standoff now for two weeks. Everybody is making gaffes.
I think that what Obama said was taken out of context, just as I think that Romney's statements on firing people was taken out of context. I think it is going to happen in a campaign. I think we ought to get used to it. I don't think anybody is surprised. Clearly, it is cutting if even Andrew Sullivan, who is a very strong Obama supporter, says, I didn't like the president's remarks because I had my success myself, and I don't want to feel happy about paying more taxes. This is an argument that is cutting. And clearly, the Obama administration is doing something about it.
SCOTT: There have been concerns in Britain. It's been all over the media there. The military had to be called in because the contractor who was hired to provide security guards couldn't get enough, and 3500 military had to step in?
PINKERTON: Romney made a kind of intellectually interesting point in a undiplomatic way and then had the profound misfortune of being near the British press --