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Melissa Harris-Perry: MSNBC’s New Host Takes On Gun Violence

Melissa Harris-Perry airs strong views on gun violence

Melissa Harris-Perry might be the new kid in town at MSNBC, but that hasn’t stopped the weekend host of airing her strong views of gun violence in the wake of the Aurora, Colo., shooting.

The host of the eponymous “Melissa Harris-Perry,” she devoted much of her show this weekend to the Friday shooting at a premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” that left 12 dead, The Huffington Post reported. She spoke out not only against the Aurora shootings but the gun violence that has swept the entire country.

“Tragic — that’s the word that comes to mind when we’re thinking about what happened in Colorado,” Harris-Perry said. “But, still we can’t lose sight of the shattered lives and loss that occurred there, we also have to remember the tragedy that happens around our country on a daily basis. Because both instances speak to the perilous state we’re at when it comes to violence.”

Harris-Perry cited statistics of the level gun violence found in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles and her home of New Orleans. Though she said the numbers can be enormous, it is important to remember “that people are not numbers.”

“The victims in Colorado, they were part of someone’s family,” Harris-Perry said. “These young men and women in cities across the countries had hopes and dreams that will never be met. And until we get serious about the causes and effects of gun violence everywhere, we’ll continue to compile statistics on the epidemic. What I want us to do, is start working to save people from it.”

Melissa Harris-Perry brings a unique background to her hosting duties, NPR points out. Still a full-time professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Projecton Gender, Race and Politics in the South, Harris-Perry commutes 1,300 miles each week for her show.

“Melissa Harris-Perry” runs live each Saturday and Sunday for two hours, featuring interviews, political conversations and essays, NPR reported. Though she is the network’s newest host, Melissa Harris-Perry has been no stranger to working in media in the past, contributing to the liberal Nation magazine and often serving as a commentator.

When the chance to become a television host rather than commentator arose, Harris-Perry said she couldn’t pass up “the opportunity to have a public forum the year in which we either will — or will not — re-elect America’s first black president.”

Even with her twice weekly television duties, Melissa Harris-Perry still said schoolwork comes first.

“I could have said no to it if it were an 8 o’clock [weeknight] show,” Harris says, “but there’s no way I could say no to it on the weekends.”

Melissa Harris-Perry airs strong views on gun violence on her MSNBC show.

Though she has strong liberal leanings, Melissa Harris-Perry said she aims for a civil style on her show, NPR reported. She also wants to add more depth to complex issues.

“In a 140-character Twitter world, the rebound is depth. People yearn for depth,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin told NPR, “and Melissa — you know — is an academic. That’s what they do.”

Melissa Harris-Perry said as a woman African-American host she knows she will be held to a different standard, but if she can do a good enough job she can be a trailblazer for others.

“Ten years from now, being able to look back and say I, you know, did a good job will be if there are a lot more little black girls anchoring shows,” Melissa Harris-Perry told NPR. “All different kinds of shows — right? Not just liberal talk shows or whatever we are. All of it.”

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139 Responses to “Melissa Harris-Perry: MSNBC’s New Host Takes On Gun Violence”

  1. Lewis Chasalow

    Really? Because having a college professor (Melissa) and another host with a Ph.D. in political science (Rachel Maddow) is an indication of the lack of intelligence of these people? Frankly I would put the credibility of any of their hosts miles above anything spouted by a guy who flunked out of college, i.e. Rush Blowhard. The problem with Faux "News" watchers is that they believe whatever they hear without any critical analysis or thought, where most MSNBC viewers that I know disagree with MSBNC as often as they agree and take the time to investigate claims and understand issues. That is the difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives are absolutely certain about the things that they believe, whether they are true or not, while liberals have open minds and are willing to change positions if they find what they thought to be true to not be so.

  2. Anonymous

    since most gun violence is committed by blacks against other blacks, maybe we should take the guns away from blacks but let whites keep their guns. That sounds fair to me.

  3. Tami Smoot Yancey

    Oh ya, let's take away the weapons from law abiding John Q. Public and see if we can wrench them away from the criminals, NOT.

  4. Helena M. Platt

    Was it a black person who commented this aweful CRIME, Friday or the CRIME at Virginia Tech, or Columbane, come on lets get serious here, blacks has just as much a right to bear arms as whites do, thats not the point, having a gun to protect oneself and family is one thing, but an assault weapons are for one thing, and that is destruction.

  5. James Johnson

    Helena M. Platt Good point. Statistics have shown there are more gun deaths by blacks in America, however you don't typically hear about a black guy walking into a theater and shooting a baby at point blank range. The number of deaths is also disproportionate because of gang related violence which is typically carried out from one gang to another and not against the general population of innocent bystanders, that fact leads to a large disparity of gun related violence. It does always seem to be a crazy white guy who walks into a building and opens fire on innocent people though.

  6. Christopher Martin

    There is no need to add anymore gun laws, when was the last time you saw a criminal follow the law? Stop with the politically correct crap, if you break the law allow our system to work.

  7. David Kemmer

    Our system as it is does not work. There is most definitely a need for change. It is unacceptable for the american people to continue to live under the siege of gun violence as it currently exists in america. Change is needed and coming. Stand by.

  8. John Gostkowski

    Letter to Melissa Careless and Scary,
    Hey Mel, quit being naive'. There are hundreds of millions of guns that sit quietly at rest every day in the U.S just waiting to be called to task, or sport or defense or just plain fun. Now we have a brain fried individual, 1 in a population of 330 million population and people like you get knee jerk once again. Gee, I guess that this deranged psycho would just give up looking for weapons if they were banned because after all, owning and procuring them is against the law? UGH!
    Imagine a world where people have the right to carry a concealed firearm anywhere provided they go through rigorous testing for safety, mental stability and proficiency. This theater was what law-enforcement officials call a soft target. Imagine if a nut job entered the show in the future and he wasn't entirely sure which law abiding citizen was packing heat as he entered his next kill zone As far as I'm concerned, if someone wants to own a Howitzer and he meets the criteria, that's cool with me.
    Guns don't kill people Professor, but they can in the right hands stop an insane lunatic from destroying the lives of untold innocent victims.
    Given your somewhat naive' stance , I can only hope that there is some method of tuition reimbursement for those students who drew the short straw and got you as a teacher.

  9. Clint Zenk

    Lewis Chasalow REALLY? Liberals are open-minded, eh? Then why aren't some of the issues being discussed in the wake of tragedies like this include things like the vanishing family structures around the maniacs who do them? Or maybe people around these sickos saying something instead of being so self-centered in their lives? Instead of say, banning guns being the only supposed solution when the statistics you claim liberals understand support the fact that cities like Detroit, Washington DC, and NYC have been the murder capitals of the United States at one point or another DESPITE having some of the toughest gun laws as well during that period? Or maybe including abstinence discussions in schools along with contraceptive knowledge to again be open-minded and all-inclusive instead of banning that portion of thought? Same with claiming global warming skeptics being called "deniers" who need to be shouted down or insulted. Perhaps the campaign to label all people who oppose gay marriage as haters in the "NoH8" campaign is more tolerant than I'm seeing? Everywhere I look, I see liberals accepting only one viewpoint: their own, just like you have shown here by praisiing the clearly-slanted MSNBC while labeling all conservatives with your broad brush.

  10. Alan Seals

    More gun laws are not needed as a result of what happened in CO. Public support for gun control has plummeted in recent years (a 50+ year trend). Obama is silent on the issue for a reason, and it has little to do with the NRA. Americans are more educated on the issues today and they realize that all gun control does is limit the freedom of law abiding citizens. We need to remember the victims and their families in this tragedy and not try to score political points at their expense.

  11. Mike McCreedy

    Yep, it sure is – we are getting rid of the liberals in November and putting common sense back into the White House and the Congress.

  12. James Wade

    Noticed that everyone is focused on the gun and not the why, family values, respect of life it self and as much as no one wants to hear it good old christian values.

  13. Mike McCreedy

    Rachel Madcow has a Ph.D. in Political Science? from where, Moscow Polytechnic? I have NEVER heard ANYTHING come from her mouth that was based in fact, only from the DNC talking points that are sent to her to parrot every day. Rachel want a cracker?

  14. Titus Nixon

    There we go again, these Gun nuts i.e. Gostkowski bring that same stupidity Gun don't kill people kill non-sense. I'm sure non of his family member where part of that massacre. Take on the NRA and these dumb ass Louie Gommer Republicans. What do people need all these Gun for anyway. I used to hunt and that cool, but My family had one shot Gun and was used for hunting. These Republicans are crazy and the Democratic are coward to the NRA.

  15. Richard J. Griffin

    The shooter was dressed in protective clothing – he didn't want to die!! Imagine a movie theater full of gun-packing patrons all ready to "stop" this shooting – How many more would have died? The answer is we need less guns, not more guns!! No one should need an assault rifle, for God's sake!!!! Also, there is no need for firearms in National Parks !!

  16. Jeffrey Booth

    Mike McCreedy We also need to start carrying out the punishment. Tired of the liberal view. We tried it and the violence continues at a higher rate. Criminals don't care until they face the end then they complain it is cruel and unusual punishment. I know a young lady that was murdered from our church. The man who did it still waiting execution in California over 30 years.

  17. Richard Reed

    The only practical change that stands even a remote chance of being adopted is passing a requirement that all guns be registered to the gun owners. The real "gun Nuts" will oppose such a requirement but these people should not prevent the overwhelming majority from demanding this change.

  18. Ed Levenson

    Let's hear it for the best country money can buy.. WE THE PEOPLE worship at the gospel of wealth and when it really comes down to it, WE DO NOT VALUE LIFE.. After the lip services and the candle lighings, it's BUSINESS AS USUAL.. The NRA, Congress, the president (and the american people) are criminally negligent.. The shooter is obviously a "wached job" but what about us, the american people, who experience these repeated massacares of our children in schools, college campus's, shopping malls and now a crowded movie theatre without as much as a "peep" regarding prevention and common sense gun regulation.. We spend 600 Billion on defense, homeland security / the war on terror and Afghanistan and we make it "as easy as possible" for a wach job (aka the joker) to legally obtain an AR-15 Military Assult Rifle, a 100 round magazine, 6000 rounds of ammo (2 semi auto handguns and a shotgun) and full tactical body armour without as much as a red flag (?)..

    WE HAVE BECOME A MONUMENTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE NATION.. Have we gone completely STARK RAVING MAD or what? Have we lost our conscience or soul as a people (?) WE ARE THE PEOPLE AND AS CITIZENS WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO ACT..

    Please join me in emaiing your representative and the white house and donate to the brady campaign.. Make a sign and join or start a protest.. IF WE THE PEOPLE continue OUR IRRESPONSIBILITY and our FAILURE TO ACT as CITIZENS then WE THE PEOPLE and our nation are doomed (and riightfully so) "We are reaping what we sew", as individuals as a people and as a nation.. (no the innocent kids in the theatre did not deserve being shot to death for going to the movie and yes it was the evil act of a maniac).

  19. Christopher Martin

    I'm not sure that stat is accurate. Any criminal man or woman, black, white or yellow is capable of committing any crime. If you take away guns then it'll be knives. Take those away then bats. It'll only stop when criminals are dealt with swiftly with our laws.

  20. Christopher Martin

    I'm not sure that stat is accurate. Any criminal man or woman, black, white or yellow is capable of committing any crime. If you take away guns then it'll be knives. Take those away then bats. It'll only stop when criminals are dealt with swiftly with our laws.

  21. James Johnson

    My stat Christopher? I can get you the national survey it was pulled from which was based specifically on identifiable deaths among races. I agree with your comment though, weapons will also be had if someone wants to commit a crime.

  22. Anonymous

    MR. MARTIN YOU KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT GUNS! YOU LIVE IN A VERY RICH AREA THAT NEVER HAS GUN VIOLENCE- MOVE TO BRENTWOOD OR HUNTINGTON STATION THEN I WILL LISTEN TO YOU.

  23. Ray Washington

    Christopher, come on man a person with a knive or bat is not the same as a person with a assault rifle with a hundred round drum of ammunition, One person with a knive or bat could not have produced the carnage in that movie theater.

  24. Tami Smoot Yancey

    Seige of gun violence? Good grief, the problem is not the guns. Take the guns and then you will have to take the spears, swords, razors, knives, and poisons.

  25. Anonymous

    LET'S WAIT FOR THE NUTJOBS THAT INSTEAD OF TRYING TO KILL US WITH BOMBS IN THEIR SHOES OR IN THEIR UNDERWEAR- WHEN THEY SEE THAT ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS GO DOWN AND BUY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS AND THEN FIND THE NEAREST MALL ON A SATURDAY AND THEN WE SAY WHAT? OH WELL IT'S OBAMA'S FAULT- HE SHOULD OF DID SOMETHING- THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET AND IT'S THE PEOPLE THAT SIT AROUND AND LET THIS SHIT HAPPEN AND DON'T SAY ANYTHING.

  26. Anonymous

    This woman is a paid shill for our government to allow the UN to step in and enforce international law on gun control.

  27. Anonymous

    Clint Zenk YOU ARE NUTS AND YOU GET THAT WAY FROM WATCHING FAUX NEWS AND ON TOP OF THAT YOU ARE AN UNDERCOVER HOMO THAT MADE LOVE TO YOUR SISTERS

  28. Angelica Angel

    Thank you for talking about this and giving the tragic victims who died a voice. We can accomplish a total gun ban in the USA like England did theirs was done in 1997. It took them 750,000 people on a petiition. We can do this there is more of us out there without guns than people with guns. It's always about the money how much money do you think every single person that was shot with guns in the USA was worth? Way move than the NRA is worth. Charleton Heston was one of my favorite stars and he was head of the NRA then he started ranting and raving. You could tell what he was saying was getting pretty awful. And then to find out he had mental issues. Assault weapons assault humans you cannot even use those for hunting. And they act like they do. You cannot shoot a deer or an elk or turkey with a glock especially rapid fire? As you quail is shot into 50,000 pieces. Common let's be smarter this time. Let's say for the victims of gun violence that we will not allow another mass murder by legal guns?

  29. Angelica Angel

    to richard you are right guns in national parks why maybe our government knows they are not unsafe from all the people who live there that aren't supposed to be here I knew a guy from government agency and he said they couldn't even spray chemicals (as to the bettles that killed the forest) because there were bodies there under the trees get the poing.

  30. Anonymous

    Strong Liberal leanings? No Kidding! WHO would have thought? Another Liberal air head spouting statistics. This lady Jumped at the chance to get on TV Just for moments like these. Like we Need Another Lib talking head jabbering on about how we should all just hold hands & love each other ( AND Ban all the guns!) & all the craziness will just drift away into the clouds? Give me a break lady! A Gun is an OBJECT! A piece of equipment , a Tool. It will sit some where & Rust into oblivion until some one picks it up & loads it. Then just like a car or a club it will do what's its possessor guides it to do. IF that person is malicious OR Crazy? IT will do harm. No Matter WHAT the law says or anybody else says! There ARE laws against Murder But it happens Daily! There are Laws against stealing & possessing stolen property, But there are guns stolen every day & THAT's how the over whelming number of Criminals Get their guns. So we have all these laws & yet the Human element finds way to get around them? Pass all the laws you want to make yourself feel good but THAT will Never STOP!

  31. Anonymous

    Richard J. Griffin? Arent there Bears that could kill you in those parks? Just asking ? In answer to your other question? I would say if there had been ONE Permitted Gun carrying man with a minimum of experience in the front of that show? that guy wouldnt have got off very many shots before he would have been ducking & running. Body armor does stop the PAIN of impact from a bullet ! It just retards penetration. You also Cant ignore the fact that you see muzzle flashes aimed at YOU ! Trust me , the minute he realized HE was being shot AT , he would have changed his whole plan.

  32. Anonymous

    Richard J. Griffin? Arent there Bears that could kill you in those parks? Just asking ? In answer to your other question? I would say if there had been ONE Permitted Gun carrying man with a minimum of experience in the front of that show? that guy wouldnt have got off very many shots before he would have been ducking & running. Body armor does stop the PAIN of impact from a bullet ! It just retards penetration. You also Cant ignore the fact that you see muzzle flashes aimed at YOU ! Trust me , the minute he realized HE was being shot AT , he would have changed his whole plan.

  33. Angelica Angel

    to john guns do kill people sorry to inform you of that and now you have $250 Million of your gun packing friends in the USA hope none snap at the Post Office, the Movie Theater, or inside the school bus guns are the problem not the people you have it backwards guns do kill without humans they are quiet.

  34. Angelica Angel

    to john guns do kill people sorry to inform you of that and now you have $250 Million of your gun packing friends in the USA hope none snap at the Post Office, the Movie Theater, or inside the school bus guns are the problem not the people you have it backwards guns do kill without humans they are quiet.

  35. Anonymous

    She can't even figure out what her last name is! Perry or Harris. How you going to be able to speak on anything else if you can't figure out the basics.

  36. Mike McCreedy

    I bring "guns" into national parks on a regular basis, and NO ONE has EVER been hurt, accidental or otherwise. In fact, I have been with at least 200 other people that have done the same thing (at the same time), and the effects have always been the same – no injuries and/or deaths. In fact, I have fired canons in national parks, with the very same effect. So, any Liberal who claims that it is dangerous to bring fireams into national parks is smoking some goos s—! That, and they DO NOT know what they are talking about – they are just repeating bovine scat from the Brady Campaign and the ACLU.

  37. Tim Carmack

    Lewis so you really think the your liberal education lets you think that the facts from Rachel Maddow and This Mellissa lady are true? Well what I have found in the real world is that most of these so called highly educated people have no common sense what so ever. They live in a fantacy world. Let me explain one thing that is reallity, when people think that they are smarter than most they shut down any learning from anyone else. Example I do not write as well as you may you for example are better at that than I.
    Ok I can repair most anything that is electrical, mechanical, sales and i have raised two daughters by my self. Everyone has different skills in this world so what value does one really bring to society when all they know is how to tell people what is right and what is wrong and on top of that they can not even screw in a light bulb without reading the instructions.
    I have met allot of people who have a $150,000.00 education making $30,000.00 per year and most are not doing what they went to college for so I really do not get it. And most of them drive Foreign car feel that car is better than what is made here in the US. Most highly educated people think the US is a bad place to live. Sorry I do not get that one either! Is this because of my education Hmmm
    So was Ms. Mellissa really born In Africa? I doubt it! So what do you really know Sir?
    And Rachel what man turned you away to make you like woman or is it just the cool thing to do these days? Oh thats right we should be toleant if thats the case be tolerant with the fact that that makes me want to throw up and I will understand that you have the right to be a COOOOOL Freak of nature!
    Thes open views are dividing us and destroying what we have built for Century's
    Thank tou for reading this.
    Tim Carmack

  38. Alan Carlson

    How about a speedy trial and a speedy execution, then and only then will criminals get the message, These liberals want to do away with the 3 strikes laws and take our rights as law abiding citizens away. Prisoners in California want a death sentance because they know it will never happen and all apeals are paid for by us, plus they get a private and bigger cell, and many more privledges. Liberalism is a mental disorder. This woman and her brother Richard Madcow represent what a second term for Obama would bring. We are 1 supreme court justice away from major gun control. When Diane Fienstien was mayor of San Francisco she banned concealed weapons for everyone but herself, she was issued the last concealed permit in San Fransicko. Google it

  39. Mitch Monroe

    glad to see somebody stand up to the white supremacists who have no integrity/chump-trump-flush rush/ for a change. 20,000 americans are killed with hand guns every year is coo-coo, sociopathic, and sicko; holmes was just fitting in with the nra pr scheme.

  40. D. Todd Miller

    You undermine your entire argument by opening with puerile name calling. Dr. Harris-Perry is an accomplished academic, and deserves serious conversation and consideration.

  41. D. Todd Miller

    Mike McCreedy Dr. Maddow earned her Ph.D. from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Give her book "Drift" a read, and you will see her intellect on full display; even Fox News President Roger Ailes praised the book.

  42. D. Todd Miller

    Tim Carmack You spout stereotype after stereotype about "highly educated people," make homophobic statements about Rachel Maddow, and THEN blame "open views" for dividing and destroying. Seems you need to re-think your own ideas, as they are quite divisive in themselves.

  43. D. Todd Miller

    Clint Zenk Open-mindedness is not the acceptance of other viewpoints, but honest consideration of other viewpoints. I don't see very many folks from either side of the ideological divide doing this.

  44. Yvonda Johnson

    I agree and for those who think guns would be taken from everyone, then they are naive. it's like prohibition…that didnt work either. it's about responsibility and maturity; you cannot blame those who use guns and use them responsibly for someone with an obvious mental health issue. guns are here to stay and they can be legal or illegal but they are not going anywhere. I'd rather be prepared than have My pants down if I am in a situation where I have to face some maniac. I'd like to think Im a fighter and a sensible person. I believe I can be both.

  45. Yvonda Johnson

    yes, those politicians that have been elected are more interested in a Woman's right to birth control than an unhinged maniac preparing an arsenal.

  46. Stephany Hammond

    The UK has very strict gun laws and does not have half the gun related killings as we have in the US. The police don't carry guns either. there is something to be said a bout a gun free society. a person is more likely to kill a spouse or family member than a burgler the raason the 10th ammendment was written because there was no law inforcement agency such as a police department or national guard to protect people. the threats back then were the British, the French, rogue Native Americans, and the usual suspects of robbers and bandits. Today we have police protection though it is not perfect. one can protect themselves and their family with a single handgun. An assualt weapon has one purpose, to kill a large mass of people. they were created for the armed forces for combat. this fear we are expericncing today is based on the hate of the "black man" in the white house. The President has not threatened to take any guns away from anyone. but because of Obama the craziest of radical rasices have a platform now. and their long histroy of hate has become an acceptable platform on which they can now stand pround on. the sad part is, there is not threat from anyone with these guns accept by white radical young men listening to fools like Limbaugh.

  47. Immanuel Goldstein

    @bobharris66 and John Gostkowski The only way I would accept the everyone has a gun solution would be if a law was in place making clear that any wannabe hero who ended up shooting a civilian would face criminal charges along with the shooter.

  48. Immanuel Goldstein

    Hey Tami, I can run from a knife or not ingest a poison. And just try killing twelve people with a spear.

    People wonder why I think gun nuts are low watt bulbs. From now on, I'm going to keep a little paper file of inane comments by the NRA types to show people. Your comment will be first on the list.

  49. Tami Smoot Yancey

    Hello Immanuel, however flattered I am to be on your list I think you missed my point. The problem is sociatal and mental illness is not going to be cured or given the attention it deserves by taking weapons away from everyone who is sane and law abiding and wishes to protect themselves. You might escape a knife if you have enough room to run and get away or if the armed person isn't a knife thrower and you can purposely avoid poison IF you know it is there. This guy seemed hell bent on creating havoc and I think he would have figured out how to do it without a gun, 911 terrorists case in point. Our second amendment rights extend to everyone in this country. There were signs that this individual was having issues and planning some kind of scheme but it didn't add up at the time. Who knew it was going to be to this magnitude? We can throw our facts back and forth all day but neither of us will convince the other. I am not a gun nut nor do I belong to the NRA but I do believe in the right to bear arms just like I believe in the freedom of speech and the constitution and rest of the bill of rights, so you can continue to insult me as it is your privelage but some common sense and civility would be a good idea.

  50. Sean Wilson

    Well said, Ed Levenson. The NRA and like-minded folks, must be the most uncompromising, unreasonable, albeit legitimate group out there. Although I wish the Founding Fathers had not included the right to bear arms in the Constitution, the Constitution is the rules we agree to follow so I accept the right and agree the government cannot prevent citizens from owing firearms. However, the government can certainly REGULATE the commerce in this area and at least try to prevent or severly restrict access to assault rifles and magazines that can hold more than a certain number of rounds.

  51. Anonymous

    Stephany Hammond- Every gun has one purpose: to kill what is on the other end. That is the reason it was invented. You are correct in your statement, "The UK has very strict gun laws and does not have half the gun related killings as we have in the US." However, they still have homicides by gun usage and the police do carry firearms now after an increase of over 900% of violent crimes in the UK. The argument does not hold water pertaining to a gun free society. One thing that is quite amusing to me is that most people look at deaths by firearms and automatically assume it is through homicide. This is not the case. Most gun deaths/injuries are sustained through suicide and suicide attempts. People lose their minds (which we should) whenever these types of events occur, which if we look back over history, are very rare.

  52. Immanuel Goldstein

    The shooter in this case came from a Christian, church-going family. Someone did not do the research. Also, how do you explain Charlie Starkweather and other killers from the family friendly fifties?

  53. Devout Palinfan

    Someone needs to tell Perry– to take a real look at the root cause of the violence in so many of these cases… it's about the guns and violence projected as cool MOVIES , TV & GAMES whether it's by the gangsta or the Joker or the Riddler or Criminal Minds or CSI or Grand Theft Auto. Perry is an agenda driven leftie who wants to take away our 2nd Amendment rights that protect us from an over zealous government..yet allow the Hollywood lefties to make BILLIONS on the violence THEY produce..

  54. Anonymous

    As usual a no brain liberal attacks guns…guess what ow about gong after black on black crime or the degenerates in Washington who created a welfare state that created ghettos. It would take PMSNBC to hire on a ghetto queen.

  55. Anonymous

    Melissa is known for two things. Diarrhea of the mouth and pretending to be an expert on subjects she knows nothing about. She did not get on the Princeton faculty, so she was sent to purgatory at Tulane. Waiting for an opportunity for her big mouth to bring her to the attention of other uninformed persons. Don't waste your time reading or listening to her. Get your sleep on Saturday and let this hot air just blow on by.

  56. Stephany Hammond

    no I meant what I said. crazy serial killers listen to fox, limbaugh, hannity, palin, and beck. these people have influenced more assualt weilding crazy mass murders including that moran who shot Gabby Gifford and a 6yr old child. they give platform to racist and make hate and racisim main stream. we don't need that now. things are bad enough. we need to come together and act civil that is the only way this country will get back on track to being great. now our political atmosphere is toxic and emparassing

  57. Stephany Hammond

    christian churches are not what they use to be. they are no longer non-profit organizations that are focused on saving anybodies soul. they are large money making cooperations who have so many members they can't know who is in their congragation. People want a burgerking religion they want to pick and choose what rules or commandments they want. they don't know who the widow or fatherless child is they are supposed to look after. it is all about money and show. most churches look like theaters and sunday morning sounds like an earth wind and fire concert. there is dancing in the isles. one mega church had the crowd bouncing a beach ball around the room as the christian rapper grabbed his crouch. this is not what Jesus had in mind for the christian church. they don't teach people to be good christians, just faithful doners.

  58. Stephany Hammond

    maybe you should move to the south side of Chicago where children are killed sleeping in their bed as bullets pierce the walls and kill them. it does not matter how many weapons are in their homes or how large the weapons are. no one can protect them selves from cowards who drive-by and shoot innocent children and others. there are areas of the country where gun control is necessary and vital.keep your guns where you live, but let people in areas where gun crimes devastate entire communities govern their own communities they way they see fit.. they have a right to ask for and get stricter gun laws. Chicago's gun laws are for chicago and the people of chicago are not asking the governor to change any laws out side of the city limits. we need more civil behavior and understanding everyones needs not just our own..

  59. Stephany Hammond

    this country needs to be civil to each other. we only believe in the freedom of speech if people agree with us. if they don't we call them names. no one runs their mouth more than limbaugh with language that is devisive and hateful. try to be civil. and respect everyone's right to their own opinion. you don't have to agree with them.

  60. Stephany Hammond

    all of the shootings in high schools were not done by gangs but by normal students. they had guns and killed people for no reason. maybe if something like that happened at your school and a really good friend was killed by some gun-toting moran with personal issues, you might think different. some people are crazy and don't need guns,. think about it.

  61. Stephany Hammond

    the UN cannot impose any gun laws on any country. they do not have that power. there are no international laws they can impose on any country for any reason. they really don't have any power in any country. look it up for yourself and don't let anyone including any news show tell you that the UN has that kind of power.

  62. Stephany Hammond

    women use their maiden name and married name all the time. insulting people does not make you look smart name calling is childess.

  63. Stephany Hammond

    this issue is about gun crimes. there has never been a mass killing of innocent people by a black gang. gangs terrorize their own communities getting revenge on other gang members and they can't shoot straight. they don't target innocent people. they don't seek out innocent people for to kill for fame or thrills. that is something you white boys have cornered the market on. that is down right evil, evil beyond comprehension. the first ghettos where white, but they were given the opportunity to get out because they got good paying jobs black people where not allowed to get. that created the ghettos generations of white business owners refusing to hire black people accept in low wage jobs. she is from a middle class family and neighbor and is college educated

  64. Stephany Hammond

    the problem is not that simple. yes the media and games contribute to the violence, so do broken homes in both black and white families. broken or disfunctional families is major factor also. don't attack a persons opinion that's all it is. she is right on some things and so are you. there is no agenda to take away anyones guns, but what if guns were kept from crazy people who like to shoot innocent people for thrills or fame would that be a bad thing? there is a 6yr old girl who family wished someone could have kept a gun out of James Holmes hands.

  65. Stephany Hammond

    The UK has a strict gun ban and the police don't carry guns. their murder and major crime rate is not even half of ours.people will always cause harm, but a gun with 100 rounds of amo is only designed to kill a mass amount of people and when it gets in the hands of a crazy person or a teen who is looking for a thrill or fame is beyond any rights of any one. there is a 6yr old girl who could have used something to be done to keep a assault rifle out of James Holmes hands. killing one person is horrible, but having the ability to kill 12 and injure 58 is just unacceptable

  66. Stephany Hammond

    The UK has a strict gun ban and the police don't carry guns. their murder and major crime rate is not even half of ours.people will always cause harm, but a gun with 100 rounds of amo is only designed to kill a mass amount of people and when it gets in the hands of a crazy person or a teen who is looking for a thrill or fame is beyond any rights of any one. there is a 6yr old girl who could have used something to be done to keep a assault rifle out of James Holmes hands. killing one person is horrible, but having the ability to kill 12 and injure 58 is just unacceptable

  67. Stephany Hammond

    cain killed able so violent behavior has been with man since the beginning, but should any one be given a weapon that can take out 12 people and injure 58? we can't stop all crime but we certainly can stop masses of people getting killed in 90 seconds, can't do that with a knife or bat.

  68. Stephany Hammond

    cain killed able so violent behavior has been with man since the beginning, but should any one be given a weapon that can take out 12 people and injure 58? we can't stop all crime but we certainly can stop masses of people getting killed in 90 seconds, can't do that with a knife or bat.

  69. Stephany Hammond

    America is no longer run by it's citizens, it is run by lobbyist and cooperations. our voices are not heard. If a city like Chicago needs stricter gun laws they should have that right without the NRA sticking their two-cents in it. Chicago gun laws are for the city limits. it will not govern any other city in Illinois. We are no longer in control of our own destiny.

  70. Stephany Hammond

    it is not the president role to dictate gun laws. each state and city is different and has it's own needs. the problem is the NRA trying to govern the entire country. we have let cooperations and lobbiest control our voice. they should not be allowed to govern any states or cities gun laws

  71. Anonymous

    Wow, a liberal working at MSNBC? What are the odds? This is why I don't watch any NBC news programs, they all lean to the left. I'd like to hear a news source that speaks the truth without a bias and news people should report the news and the facts that pertain to the news. Not their opinions! That's why I listen to the BBC.

  72. Russ Rodems

    and if the sniveling libs would let us hang people like him they would not be so apt to get that stupid and shoot a bunch of people in there mentaly distorted world.

  73. Ted Crotty

    the ABC didn't lie about the shooter having a web page on a Tea Party web site. was it ABC or NBC that doctored the Zimmerman viceo and 911 tapes to make him appear racist?

  74. Stephany Hammond

    new stations are cooperate owned and skew their news as they are told to .that person at ABC was fired for doctoring up that tape. being civil seems to have become a bad thing. your are not required to like anyone in this world but being respectful and civil is required if we are to move foward and make things better. we need a civil discussion on how to keep any size guns out of the hands of people who have mental problems. no one is wanting to take anyones guns just find a way for 6yr old girls not to get shot for no reason. assault rifles are over kill in trying to protect ones home. it seems when they are being used, innocent people die, even children. take what you hear on any news station with a grain of salt and to use intellegent reasoning when drawing any conclusion

  75. Stephany Hammond

    and the republican party are clones? they sound like they get a memo and they all say the same thing. how do you sign a pledge with a man who is nothing to the country. who answers to Rush Limbaugh. signing a pledge to never raise taxes is bankrupting our schools, fire departments, policemen, teachers, and small towns and cities and our roads are in the worst shape than any time in history. they should pledge to the american people show are paying their salaries. grover norquist? really?

  76. Ted Crotty

    first of all an assualt is Full Auto. the rifle used in this shooting was not. Yes Full Autos are legal to own. It's up to each of us to choose what we want to own. not the government. and no matter what is banned people find ways to kill. A truck and fertilizer worked well, and a box cutter and airplanes. the real problem(s) are how to spot evil, and how to punish the evil doers. but for you to imply that crazed killers are all right wing is like saying all blacks are on welfare. there is no proof to either. perhaps you should think of that when you want civility

  77. Stephany Hammond

    not all right wing is crazy, but they seem to lean their beliefs to the very far right not left. you can kill someone with a bananna so any thing can be a weapon..but people should have a right to dictate whether or not they want certain type of guns in their cities. If the people of Chicago don't want them the NRA and anyone else who is not living there should let them vote the way they want. we have a neighborhood south of Chicago where the people voted that no one can have a fenced yard. so if I want a fenced yard, I won't move there. a basketball player moved there and wanted an exception they told him no so he moved. I respect your right to have what ever gun you want and I would not vote to take your guns away, just let me and others vote the way we want. that is what America is all about. but don't you agree that we need to find a way to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill? I work in mental health field and it would scare you how many have guns and really scarry ideas.

  78. Agnon Mema

    @Stephany Hammond; A few things about your comment… #1: Y'all ain't no Britisher, your "lingo" reveals that. (too much emphasis on U.S. law and the U.S. Constitution…and your continual use of the word "we" when talking about the U.S.) #2: Y'all ain't been to no college, ever — your "lingo" reveals that, too (severe lack of CAPITALIZATION and far too many spelling errors) #3: The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America specifies that the right to possess and bear arms to ensure that the U.S.A. remains SECURE and FREE. It says absolutely nothing about "rogue Native Americans" (who were simply "Injuns" who refused to knuckle under to the DEMANDS of a government that really had no authority over them), the British, the French, or any other such thing. #4: Yes, we have police protection — and when you need a cop in less than 60 seconds, one is only 300 seconds (minimum, usually) away. For the math-challenged, that's 5 MINUTES. I can order and have delivered a pizza before a cop can show up to a call in a large city such as Los Angeles, Chicago or New York — or New Orleans. #5: It may be true that there are a lot of "white radical young men" who listen to fools such as Limbaugh — but there are as many (if not more) BLACK radical young men who think killing someone shows the world how much of a man they are. Try aiming some of that righteous indignation where it actually belongs — At the very idea that MURDER is somehow "manly".

  79. Agnon Mema

    @ Immanuel Goldstein; There are already plenty of laws like that. Where have you been for the last 50 or so years?

  80. Agnon Mema

    @Richard J. Griffin; The "shooter" in the Aurora, CO theater was wearing a TACTICAL VEST — not body armor. Tactical vests slow down bullets like warm butter slows down a dull knife… Oh, and he had a SEMI-AUTO SHOTGUN, not an "assault rifle".

  81. Agnon Mema

    Yep, when someone is convicted of a crime, they should pay dearly for it. Even when they're actually innocent.

  82. Christopher Martin

    Stephany, if I'm not mistaken Chicago has one of the toughest gun laws in the nation and the HIGHEST gun murders. Why is that? Maybe because the criminals know the average person is NOT permitted to own a gun.

  83. Ray Clark

    Lewis Chasalow = Trying to get a liberal to have an open mind and then change it is like trying to get a Bat to sleep right side up .

  84. Ray Clark

    Lewis Chasalow = Trying to get a liberal to have an open mind and then change it is like trying to get a Bat to sleep right side up .

  85. Ray Clark

    Stephany Hammond =Who has a test that can tell if someone will go crazy in a week or maybe a year or maybe ten. When that happens we can lock people up before they become Lib's .

  86. Ray Clark

    But what about the people that want and need guns ? No law will stop what goes on in Chicago . They have to stop the ones that are doing the drive-by's .

  87. Mike McCreedy

    I have lived in Chicago, from 1968 – 1972. You can keep it. Your comment, however, did not address the use of guns in National Parks, it was a knee-jerk reaction by you and others who would take away all law abiding citizens' right to own guns. Even the US Supreme Court ruled against Chicago in their gun control laws. Also, in DC vs Heller, the Supreme Court ruled (correctly I might add), that there IS an individual right to own a firearm, as stated in the Second Amendment. Maybe instead of trying to take away the guns of those who follow the law, you should try enforcing those laws that are already on the books and that are constitutional as well.

  88. Mike McCreedy

    So you mean to say that the First Amendment is for liberal Democrats only, and any conservative who speaks out against them will be muted or denied the same right? That is what I am reading in your post. The use of propaganda against those who are "out of favor" is a Stalinist tactic that has been ressurrected by the Obama administration, and it is one of desperation. What the majority of Americans know is that socialism cannot and does not work. That is why there will be a new Congress and a new President in 2012 (Thank God).

  89. Mike McCreedy

    That is NOT true about the UK. Actually, since their gun ban, crime has INCREASED, not decreased. And by the way, the last time I was in London, I saw Bobbies (English police) wearing guns. A LOT of them, not just one or two. And the ability to kill many people? How about the IRA planting pipe bombe in grocery stores and shopping areas in major cities in England, including London?

  90. Mike McCreedy

    That is NOT true about the UK. Actually, since their gun ban, crime has INCREASED, not decreased. And by the way, the last time I was in London, I saw Bobbies (English police) wearing guns. A LOT of them, not just one or two. And the ability to kill many people? How about the IRA planting pipe bombe in grocery stores and shopping areas in major cities in England, including London?

  91. Stephany Hammond

    the people that need guns are not the problem in chicago or anywhere else. the guns in the hands of gangs are soley due to people that want illegal drugs. these gangs are fighting over territory. the other major problem is some of these gang members are not doing it because they are poor but this subculture of "gansta rap" backed by criminal minded people like music producer shug knight, rappers like topac, biggie smalls etc. are roll models for young men in the gettos and suburbs (some white youth) is the problem. decent working parents allow their sons to embrace this culture and it has now become main stream. the media has embraced it in commercials and sales ads. Justin bieber sags his pants, why? only parents can stop the insainty from home the police can't do it alone. and citizens buying guns is not the answer because the gangs have more and bigger weapons and dangerous drug lords to back them up

  92. Stephany Hammond

    I never said there was a test. there is no way to keep crazy people from getting guns or any weapon if they buy it today or ten years from now. people have unresolved personal issues or anger issues. no one can find every one who has issues or who may snap. don't put words in my mouth

  93. Stephany Hammond

    why would I? He hates women and is racist and his opinion does not matter to me and never will. but I guess you probably do. so that means you opinion means nothing to me you don't count

  94. Stephany Hammond

    Obama cannot ask them to come in. there is nothing in our laws that will allow a president to give the country over to any organization of any kind. rush limbaugh told you that? he doesn't count so your opinion doesn't coutn

  95. Stephany Hammond

    gun crimes has no racial bias, all races of people kill with guns. the majority of mass killing is done by young white males maybe we should take guns from all young white males. that is dumb reasoning. we have serious social issues in this country and there is no easy answer

  96. Stephany Hammond

    Richard that would work if crimminals bought guns legally. people will sell anything to make money and not care of the conquences of their practices. there is no easy answer or one change in law that will solve this. I think large cities are a problem in themselves. it is hard to control a million people. small towns don't have such monumental crime problems.

  97. Ray Clark

    I have from time to time , I listen to all kind of people to make up my own mind. But I can see that you don't and your mind is already made up. That is why I feel so sorry for people like you !

  98. Ray Clark

    I have from time to time , I listen to all kind of people to make up my own mind. But I can see that you don't and your mind is already made up. That is why I feel so sorry for people like you !

  99. Stephany Hammond

    studies show people are less likely to kill with other weapons. guns give some people false courage. when people are angry and don't act in the first 8 seconds they are less likely to go through with a violent act. people with readily available guns have more courage to act quicker. of course there are those who dwell in the land of anger and let it embrace their every thought. these are the more dangerous people show are likely to commit mass killings. but yes cain killed abel with a rock. so people will always kill with something.nut you can't commit mass murder with a rock, knife, stick or bat.

  100. Ray Clark

    You think making more laws is going to change anything ? It doesn't stop mass murder does it ? Doesn't stop drug use does it ? See your opinion doesn't count because it belongs to other people , not your own. Oh, there is one more I think so I will wait for You .

  101. Stephany Hammond

    I never said creat new laws. you ask why don't we make mass murder against the law not me. the fact is all murder is against the law that would include mass murder
    . but I am sure you know that. so go find rush on the radio so he can tell you some other opinion that won't matter. and you will repeat it here and it won't matter either

  102. Ray Clark

    My opinion is mine and only mine and that is the only one that counts to me . But you borrow yours from other people. It will be more fun when you have one of your own .If you are not to brain washed already . Good luck with Life and may you find what you seek !

  103. Stephany Hammond

    from intelligent news agencies, news papers, reputable magazine articles I went to college worked in the education system, the mental health system, and yes I talk with other people. but the opinions I have are a collection of 52 years of living. so I know not to take a shock jock like rush. he says what ever will get him high ratings. so his opinion does not count in the real serious world.

  104. Stephany Hammond

    pkthurk only special officers carry guns in the UK my brother was there on business just a year ago these events of mass kiillings were rare years ago as life was simpler. mental health agencies have agreed that less suicides would occur less if stressed, and depressed people did not have access to a gun. I am not against guns. my husband and I have a gun. if you read my other post I stated that social and emotional stress that leads to suicide or homicide comes to different sources in people. the violence in every genre of the media contributes to a lot of the rise in gun related deaths and promotes the (gansta" life style in many young men in gangs.. I also stated that there is no one perfect answer for this problem. there will murder no matter what. Therewill never be a gun-free world that is an unrealistic point of view.

  105. Stephany Hammond

    Romney doesn't have a backbone and the teaparty will run him just like the rest of the GOP. I never stated left or right the first amendment is for all Americans.

  106. Stephany Hammond

    what has happened in Chicago is because of drug activity. as long as people want drugs gangs will prevail. and as long as there are gangs the shootings will increase. there is a culture of "gansta" lifestyle that excites a lot of young men. some come from good decent homes and they choose this fast-past easy money making world. the problem is no one can control crime in any city with millions of people. there is no one easy answer for gun violence.
    as long as people don't respect any authority or human life our world will suffer

  107. Stephany Hammond

    we don't know who is crazy. as life gets more stressful more people turn to violence because they feel it's their only way of getting their message out. but we do need to do that. how is the million dollar question

  108. Stephany Hammond

    my mind is not made up, I am not against guns I own one. life has changed since I was a kid so my ideas and thoughts change with life as needed. now people are so stressed out and killing as become more common and are able to get firearms for the soul purpose of killing masses of people.

  109. Yvonda Johnson

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_programs_in_the_United_States–

    "In FY 2009, African-American families comprised 33.3% of TANF families, white families comprised 31.2%, and 28.8% were Hispanic.[22] Since the implementation of TANF, the percentages of black and Hispanic families have increased, while the percentage of white families has decreased.[23] In 1992, blacks represented 37% of those on welfare; by 2002, this number increased slightly to 38%. In that same time period, the percentage of Hispanics rose from 18% to 25%. On the other hand, the percentage of welfare recipients who were white decreased from 39% to 32% in that same time frame".

    most recipients of welfare are children-the most deserving of welfare; welfare needs to be revamped in order to encourage improvement, however, the state of the economy and chances of getting a job are slim for those of us in the workforce who do have skills; unfortunately, those of a lower socio-economic rating do not have the opportunities of the those in a higher rating. the point is this is not about race or selling a book; this is about people reaching out to help each other and people helping themselves. welfare has become a crutch for many and they have lost their way. being poor and having to beg is not a choice many of us want to make but for the children it has to be done. many people making snide comments have no idea what that's like and the commentators will go home and never know what it's like to beg for help to feed or clothe a child. before you cast that stone, think about that.

  110. Mike McCreedy

    Well, "Leading from Behind" is another way of saying "I am a coward". ALL great military commanders, from Caesar to Napoleon have led from the front. The only reason one would lead from behind is because 1) he is incompetent and 2) he is a coward. That goes for politicians as well. Even the muderous Joseph Stalin "led from the front" when it came to politics.

  111. Tom Reynolds

    A study was done about Britain's pistol ban. The study looked at gun crime statistics the years before and after the ban went into effect. It was discovered that there was practically NO difference in the amount of gun deaths and there was an actual INCREASE in armed robberies. So disarmiing the British populace, at great expense of both money and liberty, accomplished nothing but insuring that only the law-abiding citiezens were dissarmed.