Graham Slams Obama’s Gun Control Plea As ‘Political Theater’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters Tuesday night after the State of the Union that President Obama’s impassioned plea to strengthen gun safety laws amount to “political theater.”

“I think it’s more political theater than anything else,” Graham said. “And I’m sad for the families but he didn’t mention all the families that were saved from rape and murder by owning a gun.”

“So I just think there’s going to be bipartisan opposition to an assault weapons ban.”

As for background checks, Graham said, “When you’re prosecuting 44 people out of 80,000 who fail a background check, you don’t need to expand background checks, you need to enforce the law that we have. Nobody is going to be deterred when you only prosecute 44 people out of 80,000 who fail a background check. That to me is absolutely ridiculous and an embarrassment. You’ve got a better chance of getting hit by a meteor than you do getting caught relying on background checks.”

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