Ryan: ‘We've Got to Do a Better Job of Making Sure That Criminals Don't Get Guns’

By Susan Jones | August 22, 2017 | 5:35am EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks at a town hall in Racine, Wis., hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper. (Screen grab from CNN)

(CNSNews.com) – What can be done to prevent and intervene in the growth of “far-right extremism” and white supremacy? That was one of the questions put to House Speaker Paul Ryan Monday night at a town hall in Racine, Wisconsin, hosted by CNN.

Ryan’s response – keep guns away from criminals:

I'd say two things. Number one, you've got to -- we've got to do a better job of making sure that criminals don't get guns or that people who are suspected of terrorism, like domestic terrorism, don't get guns.

Just like we saw yesterday (sic), Heather Heyer was killed by an act of domestic terrorism. (Applause) So this...this fits into that category. So I think we have to do a better job of making sure that terrorists do not get guns.

We also have to make sure that we protect our Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens. So there's always a balance when you discuss these types of things.

We passed mental health reform just last December. And in that, we wanted to make sure that people who --who had mental problems were not getting guns, so we always have to make sure that those who are not supposed to get guns don't get guns, including people who are -- you know, who are domestic terrorists.

But we have to make sure that we are keeping the constitutionally right to bear arms intact for people. And that's why we have a rule of law, judicial process, that must be followed.

Heather Heyer was killed when a young man with white supremacist views crashed his car into a crowded intersection in Charlottesville, Virginia, where counter-protesters had gathered.

The 20-year-old suspect faces numerous felony charges, including second-degree murder and aggravated malicious wounding. He did not use a gun.


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