Axelrod On Gun Control: "There's An Opportunity That Didn't Exist Before"
DAVID AXELROD: One thing that gives me hope is that I see 85, 90% of Americans saying, yes, we should have universal background checks for anyone who buys a gun. That would be an enormous step forward. And frankly, I don't think even the NRA can defeat that. because I think that there's such a consensus among the American people for that. 65% of Americans think we ought to limit the size of these magazines to a reasonable number of rounds so that we don't have situations where people can open fire on a crowd and not have to reload so they can't be subdued.
So there are measures that have enormous support among the public. I think that there's an opportunity now to do something that didn't exist before. But I am mindful of the fact that, you know, the NRA may speak in someways for more of a fringe when it comes to this notion of people being armed in case of an overweening government comes to get them. You hear some of that. But I think the vast majority of gun owners understand that there are reasonable steps that we need to take. (Piers Morgan Tonight, January 20, 2013)