Coburn: Mentally ill shouldn’t be able to get guns

(DAILY KOS)   Listen up, NRA. Tom Coburn, Tom Coburn!!!! has just redefined (partially) reasonable when it comes to gun control.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, viewed as a staunch congressional supporter of gun rights, said Sunday he is willing to work to make sure the mentally ill cannot get and use a gun.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Oklahoma Republican rejected legislative efforts expected from others to ban or limit high-capacity gun clips like that one allegedly used in the assassination attempt against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., that left others dead and injured.

“Let’s fix the real problem,” Coburn said.

“Here’s a mentally deranged person who had access to a gun that shouldn’t have had access to a gun.”

According to reports, Loughner’s behavior had led to his leaving his community college but those concerns apparently were not shared with local law enforcement.

Coburn said there was a “hole in what we need to do,” adding he was willing to work with others who want “to make sure people who are mentally ill cannot get and use a gun.”

Coburn did also say that he is opposed to the proposed legislation from Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and Sen. Frank Lautenberg to ban high-capacity gun clips. Because you apparently have to have 30 rounds in your clip for self-defense.

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