The nation needs to find “some meeting of the minds” on the issue of gun control, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The issue, ignited once again following the Connecticut schoolyard massacre, has caused the head of the National Rifle Association to warn against attempts to curb the Second Amendment and has led to the formation of a gun-control task force with Vice President Joe Biden at the helm.
“I’m a gun owner, I’m a believer in the Second Amendment, and I know the amendment rather thoroughly,” Powell said. “I know the issue of a well-regulated militia. But, at the same time, we also have a responsibility under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to protect our people.”
Powell called for everything from testing and screening all gun buyers, to creating a registry, to outlawing the Bushmaster.
“How much are we really giving up if we said that this kind of weapon should not be readily available to anybody who wants to buy one?” he asked host David Gregory.
He also fingered the mental-health community, saying there are a number of “deranged people” who always will be lurking among society, as well as violence in television programs and video games as part of the problem.
“Surely, we should be able to find some meeting of the minds on this issue,” he said.
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