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Gun control topping the president's agenda as he travels to Minneapolis Monday.
Where he will push for stricter gun control senator Dick Durbin announced today he will chair a hearing on gun violence in the Second Amendment.
Joining us now -- digital politics senator Frist.
Well let me begin statement if -- -- -- you -- the president presses on with gun control despite.
What seems to be a determined house determined opposition and and -- -- -- that it just picked up.
An alignment if you will with the sandy -- elementary school that once.
Armed guards which is his proposal and their schools.
He is he on the wrong side of history here.
Yeah let me add one more thing to that and it's the American people and despite -- we've seen in some recent polls -- the uptake of -- people who say that they're willing to entertain the idea of some additional restrictions on.
Gun ownership for the kinds of guns.
Basically you have a long history of the American people being.
On the side of gun owners out of lawful gun owners not to mention the constitution so I think the president had a difficult case to make.
In the face of our history in the face of contemporary politics and particularly in the face of Democrats.
In that the senate who are not here to do the kinds of things that the president wants them to do on gun control.
And Chris are all -- Gun control it as so many particular Democrats have learned.
It is not to their profit to pursue it secondly this president is he basically you're replicating.
George W Bush's behavior.
After his election to a second term instead of private.
Is accounts for Social Security is.
The president's if you will private secure a private accounts for Social Security.
Well to be fair and time to former President Bush -- are always here.
Who Wright who lost his dog today and we are sad for him Barney was a good dog.
And so we don't want to hear our government else goes to hold a moment of silence here.
Nobody was a good dog it was a good looking dog and he was a good dog any -- that one guy from Reuters so you know I mean they're not all bad that -- that's equates out so here's the thing.
Is that George W.
-- -- just -- say star what you bring a liable for the broadcast we just cannot otherwise insulated anyway are -- we tried but we're about why -- that doesn't happen.
-- -- So the thing is this George W.
Bush knew that he probably wasn't gonna get -- security changed.
He floated it it was something that he gave to his base he tried for a minute he put Johns now in charge of it.
And -- it went away when it went away he shrugged his shoulders and move dot.
For President Obama this is some -- different this is something altogether different but I would say this.
The American people are generally is this a visual it.
Eventually quite eventually I will after -- -- about the dog again.
That truth is that the American people are smarter than their politicians and their part of politics.
And they know that the problem that we have this epidemic of mass shootings -- to match shootings is not just about guns -- about six aside it's about a sick culture it's about.
Fatherless and -- and broken nets and all of this other stuff it can't be fixed there's no panacea answer to this.
And that's why is the president drags this out through with Steve accurately describe the senate that's not going to be eager to embrace gun control the further we get away from this the harder it's going to be forgotten.
-- -- -- -- And and Stephen the other initiative on the part of the president that he's made a priority of course is.
It we're we're back with comprehensive.
All right is there of the appetite for this Marco Rubio stands tall as the leading conservative and they gang of eight.
But what is the appetite in the senate the marks the Republicans on the house.
For comprehensive immigration reform is a police has been outlined -- the -- -- -- Yeah I mean -- this'll be a gross oversimplification.
Of that in the state of play here in Washington.
But but I think they're basically three groups there are there are people who say look at where we are today.
-- say no matter what what we must avoid is being in this position again we can't have.
Twelve million or however many illegal immigrants here in the United States we've got to do everything we can't prevent that eventuality then you've got a second group.
And I think it's more bipartisan and Marco Rubio is some nominally the head of this group that says.
We get a deal with what is in front of us but we should do what we can to avoid being here.
Again and then you've got a third group but I think the president is it is in fact that the head of this group.
Where they don't really care if we end up here in five years if we -- appear in ten years they basically want to get past.
What we're dealing with -- -- in front of us immediately and make it easier and for people to come here both legally and illegally made -- -- for people to countries that easily -- illegally but they're not bothered by that in the way that I think people.
First two groups are stated I'm going to give you the award tonight for eventually.
Targets are -- dropped at all walk but I'm exceeded.
How are recognized possibilities of that tonight we are delighted that -- both here to do so I did not talk about Barney.
And good looking dog that's all I can say I I.
I think we're gonna have to conclude there and I cannot tell you -- the mixed emotions I feel as we do Christoph Waltz -- even -- thank you both for business after bad pub next.