On Morning Joe, BBC’s Katty Kay Kvetches: Why Hasn’t US Banned Guns, Like UK?

On Monday’s Morning Joe, the BBC’s Katty Kay was vexed and perplexed, kvetching that the US hasn’t banned guns, unlike the UK, which has done so. 

This is making it very hard for allies of America, friends of America, people who love this country as I do, who’ve lived here for very long, to defend the country at the moment, when every single morning, we wake up and there is another mass shooting. 

“And we keep getting asked, what is going on in that country? Why can’t they fix this? In the UK, you know this, Joe, they fixed it. It was a conservative government that fixed America’s — the United Kingdom’s gun problem in 1980 after a mass shooting. They banned assault weapons. In the 1990s, they banned handguns after one school shooting. It’s all it took, in Dunblane, Scotland, and the United Kingdom banned handguns.”

The Second Amendment: ring a bell, Katty?  

Kay’s complaint came after Joe Scarborough recounted how his conservative friends in the UK reproach him, saying, “you Americans and your guns!”

There is no Second Amendment in the UK, or elsewhere across Europe. So, if Scarborough, Kay, et. al want to ban handguns, let them and their Democrat Party openly advocate repealing the Second Amendment. We’ll see how that works out for them. 

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And Katty, since you find it “very hard to defend this country” because of our failure to ban guns, please know that from JFK alone, there are 22 daily non-stop flights to London. Feel free to pick one!

On Morning Joe, the BBC’s Katty Kay kvetching that the US hasn’t banned handguns as the UK has was sponsored in part by Abbott, maker of Ensure, Johnson & Johnson, maker of Neutrogena, KayakClear Choice, and DirecTV.

Here’s the transcript.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe
6/6/22
6:06 am EDT

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MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Today is the 157th day of the year, and there have been at least 246 mass shootings so far. That’s an average of 11 per week. That is normal life in America, Joe.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah. It’s, and again, I think, Katty Kay, I’m so glad you’re here. I certainly want to talk about the Queen’s Jubilee, but I, whenever I talk to good friends from Britain, conservative friends from Britain, Tories from Britain, people who share a lot of the same views as I do on Western civilization, on culture, on politics, on politicians, on small government. They will look at me, and they always have, and say, “you Americans and your guns! What’s wrong?” 

And the contrast, and it’s between the United States and Great Britain, is so striking, considering we share so much in common. But in this one area, it’s just — the difference is just shocking, isn’t it?

KATTY KAY: Yeah. I mean, this is making it very hard for allies of America, friends of America, people who love this country as I do, who’ve lived here for very long, to defend the country at the moment, when every single morning, we wake up and there is another mass shooting. 

And we keep getting asked, what is going on in that country? Why can’t they fix this? In the UK, you know this, Joe, they fixed it. It was a conservative government that fixed America’s — the United Kingdom’s gun problem in 1980 after a mass shooting. They banned assault weapons. In the 1990s, they banned handguns after one school shooting. It’s all it took, in Dunblain, Scotland, and the United Kingdom banned handguns. It now has amongst the lowest rate of gun deaths of any westernized countries. 

And that was a Conservative government that did it. America stands out as a complete exception. This is America’s exceptional problem. Its relationship with guns and the number of guns in this country, and the seeming tolerance for the number of people that get killed by guns in this country, including children in schools. No other Western country tolerates this.

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