Paul Krugman: NRA an 'Insane' Organization

The New York Times' Paul Krugman and Rep. Lou Barletta debate gun control.
2:33 | 02/03/13

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What strikes -- -- gotten a -- since the mind set though of the of the pro gun people and we seen certainly Wayne Lapierre some of these others. Com it's bizarre they have this vision that we are living in mad men in that next movie and that nothing can be done about it that. That America cannot manage unless everybody's prepared to shoot intruders that the idea that that we we have -- police forces that provide public safety. Is is somehow totally impractical despite the fact that you know that is in fact way we live. So I think that the terms of the debate has shifted now the craziness of -- of the extreme pro gun lobby has been revealed. And that has got to move the debate and have got to move -- legislation to at least some degree. Are you comfortable where the NRA has been on us. I am I mean this isn't a perfect example why people believe Washington is broke. This horrific acts incidents in new town and here what is our debate if it's focusing on guns one month there's not one person at this table who really believes. That that's the root of what happened there and and what we have people that get into the mindset. That they want to harm people as well as a former mayor. I know. -- -- get guns no matter what laws we pass. Just like the only gonna just say that I just so much -- False it's they can there because at least I do believe the guns -- the -- there are crazy people everywhere but -- murders are a lot more common here and -- -- a gun at her dormitory and then then dealing with mental health and our culture is our cultural. Lending itself that were raising children that are to sensitize. 22 murdered as his two killing I looked at the international didn't exist in countries to have effective -- -- little -- have a lot while you were would you bending spoons stop obesity of course not. Fannie and -- something. There's high tolerance for four minus in this country I mean up to come -- north could come at Columbine after Virginia take -- their overall ramp which have done something and we haven't. I sometimes it seems that it's only. Minor changes that we're talking about even -- household weapons or -- -- checks toward talking about high capacity magazines mean we know what works I mean. In Japan it works but a sick country I don't -- we are willing. We've been released in the Second Amendment and -- Actually let me also exciting as we know executive -- is -- you don't -- -- do it. But if we also recognize that also something it's illustrative of what I meant what I said people overplay their -- what Paul just did was -- everybody together. As a crazy radical gun owner not so yes so you're condemning. In pow gun owners -- -- but the lobbying groups the NRA is now revealed as an insane organization and that matters pass -- --

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