Jim Moran Politicizes Virginia Tech Shooting
Suggests Republicans are to blame
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Less than 24 hours after the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, liberal Rep. Jim Moran took to the airwaves to launch a political attack against President Bush, congressional Republicans and the National Rifle Association.
Appearing on the "Jack Diamond Morning Show" on 107.3 FM in Northern Virginia, Moran suggested Republicans were to blame for Monday's tragedy at Virginia Tech, which left 33 dead and injured another 30. The anti-gun congressman said Republican policies made it easy for the shooter to obtain a gun.
When the show's host tried to suggest that the gunman may have been hellbent on killing regardless of the law, Moran turned the conversation back to the GOP, complaining that the United States needs a national registry to track all firearms purchases and more stringent gun-control laws. Moran then blamed Bush and Republicans in Congress for opposing such measures at the behest of the NRA.
When I called Moran's press secretary, Austin Durrer, this morning to get an explanation, I was told Durrer wasn't available. If you'd like to call, the office number is (202) 225-4376. I've also put in a request with the "Jack Diamond Morning Show" to get the audio of the conversation. (I was driving when the interview took place.)
Moran has a history of making politically charged comments that have landed him in hot water. In 2003, he said Jews were responsible for pushing the U.S. to war with Iraq. He later apologized, but not before an uproar in the Jewish community.
UPDATE -- 9:27 p.m.: David Mark at the Politico interviewed Moran, who reiterated his comments about gun control. "As long as we give the NRA such a free ride," Moran told the Politico, "we will continue to have such tragedies time and time again."