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Interview with Representative Carolyn McCarthy

By The Last Word, The Last Word - January 16, 2013

THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O`DONNELLJanuary 16, 2013

Guests: Carolyn McCarthy, Stephen Barton, Howard Dean, Frank Smyth, Dr. Janet Robinson

LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, HOST: Today, the president went where no president has gone before, making guns and ammunition control his first legislative priority.

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TAMRON HALL, MSNBC ANCHOR: The president going bold on his Newtown promise.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We will make it easier to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals.

HALL: In a sweeping and ambitious plan.

CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS: The White House thinks it`s better to go for broke.

HALL: To fight gun violence in our nation.

OBAMA: Restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, a universal background check, a 10-round limit for magazines.

KAREN FINNEY, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: It sounds very reasonable.

OBAMA: This is common sense.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Common sense.

FINNEY: Common sense.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These gun control measures are extreme.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Guns are just one small part of it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All of those rights cannot be infringed.

OBAMA: With rights come responsibilities.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don`t gag law-abiding citizens.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Background checks don`t take guns from law-abiding people. They pass those every time.

OBAMA: There`s no reason we can`t do this.

NARRATOR: Are the president`s kids more important than yours.

TODD: The NRA is out with a web video this morning.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: I don`t know where to go with this indecency.

NARRATOR: His kids are protected by armed guards.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you have children.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He mentioned the president`s kids.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This extremism is so frightening.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The president`s kids are off limits.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why is it over the line, but not over the line for the president to bring in children?

RUSH LIMBAUGH, RADIO HOST: Obama uses kids as shields.

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