Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno went up to New York City this morning to sit down with a couple of morning talk shows. On his second stop, at MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he did a pretty good job explaining how sequestration will affect the Defense Department, breaking it down for those outside of Washington who are still, understandably, scratching their heads over the whole thing.
Then, at around 7:05, Mika dropped the bomb.
Brzezinski: Do you see any place in our society for Bushmasters? For Americans to be able to buy Bushmasters or similar types of weapons?
Odierno explained that he believes in a weapons registry so that “we can at least keep track of” who owns what kind of gun. He cited the Army’s high suicide rate, pointing out that most of those suicides are carried out with the soldier’s own personal firearm. He did clarify, however, that he does believe in the right to bear arms.
Brzezinski:What about assault weapons, though, and people being able to buy them?
Odierno: My personal opinion is, I don’t think we need ’em.