- Wayne LaPierre is the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.
- On Friday, LaPierre called upon Congress “to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.” He said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
- LaPierre also introduced the National School Shield Program, the NRA’s effort to develop an emergency response program that will be available to all schools in the United States, and which will be led by former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR). Aside from armed security, LaPierre said the program would also look into building design, access control, information technology, and student and teacher training.
- He is also the author of “Safe: How to Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Your Home.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is a third-term senator from New York. He serves as chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee and the chairman of the Rules Committee, and sits on the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees.
- Sen. Schumer wrote an op-ed this week, explaining why he believes the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller, which struck down D.C.’s handgun ban, could help bring about action on guns now. He writes, in the past the gun debate “has devolved into a permanent tug-of-war” between NRA, who held the Second Amendment as absolute, and gun control advocates, who “tried to pretend that it doesn’t exist.” But, “Heller told the two sides that they were each only half-right: The right to bear arms is constitutionally guaranteed, but reasonable limitations are allowed.”
- Sen. Schumer is optimistic that a fiscal cliff will be made because the two sides are “not that far apart.” He acknowledged negotiations between the president and Speaker Boehner had stalled earlier in this week, but he said, “I don’t think anybody should get too dispirited, however. It always looks darkest before the dawn.”
- Watch his most recent appearance on the show.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is in his second term in the U.S. Senate and is a member of the Senate Judiciary, Budget, Appropriations, and Armed Services Committees. Previously he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the state’s Third Congressional District.
- Sen. Graham is among the legislators who have voiced concern about a ban on assault weapons because it “doesn’t make sense.” He said, “The worst thing we can do is create false sense of security. Every bad event in the world can’t be fixed by government action.”
- Sen. Graham, who has been vocal about the dangers of sequestration, recently said he would favor sequestration rather than put off a deal and the possibility of sequestration would not “push [him] into a deal that doesn't reform entitlements.” He said, “Let it happen; the goal of sequestration was to get a guy like me to just agree to any deal on spending or revenue or punt the ball on entitlements. I'm just not going to do that.”
- Watch his latest appearance on the show.
Roundtable: Chaffetz, Ford, Mitchell, Todd
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who said recently if there was anything he could do to prevent another incident like Sandy Hook, he would support it, but “I don’t know [gun control] is necessarily the right direction” and the focus should be the “intersection between the use of lethal weapons, and the access to lethal weapons, and those that are mentally ill.” Chaffetz, who chairs the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations, also said, there is still “a long ways to go to get to the bottom of Benghazi and make sure it never, ever happens again.”
- Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) recently said Speak John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are in stronger positions during this round of negotiations. “The pieces are not only coming together substantively, they’re coming together politically as well, which means we find ourselves closer and closer to getting to a point where a deal can pass, will get us through the year and get us to fight another day, which means entitlements and tax reform.” He also wrote “More Davids Than Goliaths: A Political Education.” Watch his latest appearance on the show.
- NBC Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell covered President Obama’s announcement of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as his nomination for secretary of state on Friday. She said, “John Kerry’s life does seem like an audition for secretary of state.” Watch her most recent Meet the Press appearance here.
- NBC Political Director and Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd said this week, “I don’t think the Republican party is united” this time around in negotiations “and if Boehner messes around too long you’re going to hear more and more Senate Republicans in the rank-and-file start to complain loudly.” Here is Todd’s latest appearance on Meet the Press.
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