Listen: President, Darrelle Johnson And Press Secretary discussed on Words Matter
"Joe last week. You sat down with darrelle johnson the former senior domestic terrorism analyst at the department of homeland security and the a._t._f. Johnson wrote a two thousand ninety eight just report on right wing extremism that predicted a lot of what is happening today now. Usually we do what else is on your mind at the end of the show but given given all of the issues involved last week. We wanted to talk about gun control at the top so joe twenty years ago. You were the white house press secretary during columbine in april twentieth nineteen ninety nine and sadly nothing has really changed since then talk about gun control from a political perspective where where is the debate politically yeah well. You're you're right to mention columbine. I was the president's press secretary then i went and to the oval office and let him know that the shooting had happened and <hes> then traveled with about two littleton colorado <hes> to visit with the community the school the families the president went family to family talk to every single family as long as they wanted to talk <hes> we were there for hours and as we walked out of there i think we all had a common sense of resolve aw that we were gonna fix this problem <hes> and we worked at it and used every amount of political capital. We had and we just couldn't move the ball. The <hes> entrenched interests in whether it's the n._r._a. The gun manufacturers the republican party stood against making any change doing anything to make the country safer and <hes> we had another moment <hes> during president obama's presidency a win newtown connecticut where where you know young children were killed. <hes> it just the worst thing that i think any of us have ever seen and again. There was resolved. President obama put put everything on the line and again. Nothing happened <hes> parkland florida you name it. <hes> virginia tech nothing happens and my prediction is one of the reasons says we're gonna focus today not on gun control but on domestic in white nationalist terrorism his because nothing is going to happen again so whether it's columbine newtown parkland dayton el paso this has been going on for twenty years. We hear a lot of i thought's and prayers we hear a lot of we're going to get something done this time twenty years on."