Rep. Yarmuth: Wouldn’t regret losing my seat over gun control

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 18:36 EDT
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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said Tuesday that he wouldn’t regretting losing his seat over tighter regulations on guns and invited the NRA to spend money to oppose his reelection.

Yarmuth told The Washington Post that the power of the NRA was greatly overstated. He asked the gun lobby to “please spend their money” to oppose him, because “it would be wasted.”

In the wake of the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut, Yarmuth apologized on Monday for remaining silent on the issue of gun violence over his past six years in Congress. He said he learned “through painful history” that guns were more likely to be used to harm the innocent than to protect them.

Yarmuth told The Washington Post he was previously unwilling to talk about gun control because the issue was so quickly passed over by the national media. Though there was an initial furor after mass shooting incidents like the one in Colorado earlier this year, nobody continued to talk about the issue, he said.

“That gets to be pretty frustrating,” the congressman explained. “I think for me and for many people, this last event was a tipping point, it was the last straw. After Aurora, after Columbine, after the Sikh temple, after all these incidents, you just say, OK, we’ve just got to keep the drumbeat up, because it is when the drumbeat stops that we lose our opportunity to make changes.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by The Washington Post, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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