Right-wing fringe hijacks debate on gun safety

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In this file photo Ted Nugent screams for a photo at his ranch near Crawford, Texas, Friday,  April 22, 2005.
In this file photo Ted Nugent screams for a photo at his ranch near Crawford, Texas, Friday, April 22, 2005.
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More than nine out of ten Americans are calling for background checks on gun buyers, according to polls by CNN/ORC and USAToday/Gallup in the last month. But Republican gun-enthusiasts are not responding too kindly to the mere suggestion of new laws on gun safety.

Rush Limbaugh accuses Democrats of “planning a gun grab.” Ted Nugent says gun owners “will be the Rosa Parks” and “sit down on the front seat of the bus.” And recently ousted Tea Party Congressman from Illinois Joe Walsh says, “We may have to shed blood every couple hundred years to preserve our freedoms.”

Radicals are attempting to hijack what could be a rational discussion about gun safety following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Watch msnbc’s Alex Wagner break down the debate over gun control in the video above.

Right-wing fringe hijacks debate on gun safety

Updated