On Andrea Mitchell Reports Wednesday, guest Senator Chris Murphy -- anti-gun Democrat from Connecticut -- had his feet put to the fire by Mitchell over a need for more aggressive actions against the 2nd Amendment. Referring to the February 14th Parkland, Florida high school shooting -- in which 17 students were murdered -- Mitchell worried that "this crisis will pass" without gun rights being hampered.
The host hailed Murphy for his involvement as "a leader on this march [for more gun control] since Newtown," yet she feared that his proposed bill -- which he has introduced along with Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn -- doesn't have nearly enough reach. The initiative -- endorsed by the NRA -- aims to increase federal agencies' and states' reporting of infractions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. In Mitchell's view, that's hardly sufficient:
“But at this time, is that good enough? Chuck Schumer, the leader of the caucus, said that your bill is not enough.”
Mitchell pushed the senator to abandon his own bill, in favor of something more robust:
“So should you be supporting that or should you be, you know, holding back and demanding a universal background check at least?”
Murphy pledged more work in opposition to the constitutional right to bear arms beyond the FixNICS Act, but Mitchell expressed concern that any bill agreeable to Republicans would be a lamented failure to exploit the current "crisis" in order to pursue more extreme and purely Democratic measures:
"What is your political strategy? Because you could pass this bipartisan bill and, you know, a lot of people could pat themselves on the back -- the President and the Republican caucus and others in the Democratic caucus who really don’t oppose, don’t support stronger gun restrictions. And this crisis will pass. So how does this work for you?"
Mitchell's sentiment is indicative of a core problem with the Left: rather than looking at cause and effect, studies, statistics, lessons from history, etc., they're happy for the emotional -- and, sometimes, the hysterical -- to dictate policy. In truth, a crisis is the worst time during which to legislate. Much wiser is to let cool heads prevail, once the feverishness of the calamity has passed. Furthermore, it is shameful for any politician -- or media personality -- to leverage a tragedy in order to push their political agenda. But not to Andrea Mitchell, and not to MSNBC.