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Guests: Representatives Jerrold Nadler & Steve Israel

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - December 19, 2012

THE ED SHOW with ED SCHULTZDecember 19, 2012

Guests: Jerrold Nadler, Steve Israel, Karen Finney, Sam Stein, David Cay Johnston, Douglas Brinkley

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW from New York.

President Obama wants new gun laws, right now.

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.

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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We`re going to change things. It`s going to take a wave of Americans -- mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and yes, gun owners -- standing up and saying "enough" on behalf of our kids.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): The president lays out the way forward for sensible gun policy.

So, why are no Republicans getting on board? I`ll ask Congressman Jerrold Nadler.

OBAMA: At some point, you know, they`ve got to take me out of it and think about their votes and think about what`s best for the country.

SCHULTZ: The president served up painful cuts, and Republicans are literally running away from the table.

REPORTER: Hey, Mr. Speaker!

SCHULTZ: Congressman Steve Israel reacts to the GOP`s bizarre behavior.

Plus, today`s big G.M. news means the death of a righty talking point.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Government motors.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Government motors.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Government motors.

SCHULTZ: David Cay Johnston on a huge success story for government intervention.

And the invisible man sitting next to Clint Eastwood wins "Time`s" Person of the Year.

CLINT EASTWOOD, ACTOR: What do you mean shut up?

SCHULTZ: Tonight, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley on Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and Spider-Man.

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SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight, folks. Thanks for watching.

The president gave all Americans a lot to work with today and a lot to think about in the coming weeks. President Obama recognizes the mood of the country. There is a real sense of urgency to pass common sense safety laws in the wake of the Newtown shooting massacre. The president knows this is going to be a heavy lift.

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OBAMA: That`s why I`ve asked the vice president to lead an effort that includes members of my cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete proposals no later than January, proposals that I then intend to push without delay. This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside.

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SCHULTZ: One of the reasons the president is asking for action without delay is because he knows change can be accomplished, and it`s been done before.

The assault weapons ban signed by President Clinton reduced crime lower than it had been in a generation. It`s been 18 years since the crime bill was signed, and eight years since it was allowed to expire. Perhaps, this is why President Obama is turning to the bill`s architect for guidance.

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AL GORE, FORMER U.S. VICE PRESIDENT: I want to single out for special recognition the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has fought tirelessly for this bill for six long years, Senator Joe Biden. Would you stand, Senator Joe Biden?

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