Schumer: Excluding Guns from Dialogue on Gun Violence Like Not Talking About Smoking ‘When It Comes to Lung Cancer’

By Melanie Arter | January 21, 2013 | 10:36 AM EST

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) (AP Photo)

( – Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told NBC’s David Gregory on “Meet the Press” Sunday that not talking about “guns when it comes to gun violence” is like not talking about “smoking when it comes to lung cancer.”

“The president has talked about generally dealing with violence in our society. I agree with that, but to take guns off the table, you know to not talk about guns when it comes to gun violence is to not talk about smoking when it comes to lung cancer. It just doesn’t make any sense. It’s part of the problem, and we have to deal with it,” Schumer said.

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Gregory told Schumer that President Barack Obama did not challenge anyone in his liberal base on gun control – he challenged constituents in conservative parts of the country to force people like, Sen. Ted Cruz to vote for gun control.

“He did not talk about video games. He didn’t talk about violence in Hollywood where he gets a great deal of his campaign funds. He didn’t do anything to make his own folks uncomfortable,” Gregory said.