On Wednesday’s “The Late Show” on CBS, host David Letterman complained to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the lack of action on the child deaths by handgun. He pointed recent incidents in Santa Barbara, CA and Newtown, CT and lamented that neither of those has inspired a solution to shootings and guns in our society.
“I think, I don’t have the statistics but that’s never stopped me,” Letterman said. “I think daily in this country a child or an underage boy or girl is shot and killed by a gun. And then we had the situation in Santa Barbara, CA where a fellow was unbalanced and killed people then killed himself. I certainly thought that Newtown was going to be the landmark, changing touchstone point in this country where we changed our understanding and awareness about gun ownership and how to improve, not eliminate guns — how to improve. But now we’ve just become inured with this. People are shot and killed each and every day by private handgun ownership. This — you can’t tell me this is an insoluble problem.”
“I was in a store a couple of weeks ago — a million guns, automatic rifles, 9 millimeter pistols, a complete arsenal,” he added. “And I was looking at old west cowboy six-shooter guns. I was fascinating by them so, I’m not anti-gun. But for the love of [—], when are we going to do something about this nonsense I mean don’t you think that we can have them?”
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