On this week’s edition of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace directed some tough questioning towards the appointed head of the NRA’s School Shield Task Force, Asa Hutchinson, challenging him on the NRA’s position in regards to background checks for gun purchases. Wallace then grilled his guest on the NRA’s recent campaign that focused solely on protecting schools, claiming that it was shortsighted.
Hutchinson made sure to reiterate the NRA’s priority of arming teachers and having armed guards on school campuses, but then seemed to dodge the subject of the NRA’s unwavering stance on background checks.
“You have to look at the language. I would look certainly at the gun shows and the sales that surround that in that environment,” Hutchinson said. “If we can make sure there’s a comprehensive check and we keep criminals from obtaining guns in that environment then those checks would seem appropriate.”
Wallace then turned the discussion back to background checks.
“I really believe that our focus should be on school safety, “Hutchinson replied. “That is an objective that we can accomplish. It’s not that difficult to increase safety and it’s not even the most substantial cost measures that a local a school had to do.”
Wallace then made the point that the sole task of protecting schools from gun violence ignored the dangers that face people in other areas of life.
“The wonderful Newtown parents that have gone through such an incredible tragedy, they have not even reached unity among themselves on what needs to be done because America is divided on that point,” Hutchinson replied.
Watch the Fox News Sunday segment in the video below.