Brad Byrd was joined by Sen. Mike Braun to talk about issues affecting America right now.
Brad Byrd: Welcome to In-Depth. We’re in the middle of the long hot summer in more ways than one. Washington D.C. is at the center of majord issues right now that are slowly coming to a head. From gun control, tariffs, immigration to healthcare. Joining me tonight is Indiana Republican Senator Mike Braun who is in the first year of his first term in the Senate chamber. He is visting 50 cities while on recess. We are going to be talking about several topics tonight. Senator Braun, thank you so much for being here. I’m going to cut to the chase right now. 31 people killed, more than 50 wounded in a period separated by 13 hours. What is it going to take in Washington to get both sides of this issue away from that pattern of rhetoric to actual action?
Sen. Mike Braun: You know, when I heard about everything that occured over the weekend, I said to myself, “This feels different.” Of course, I’ve been a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, so it’s always tough because the tendency is to try to do something that’s going to impinge upon that. But, you’ve got privacy in play here because a lot of the stuff that we may need to do, that’s an issue. You’ve got freedom of speech, because you don’t want to squelch that when people are out there having their point of view. But I think we crossed the threshold this time. We’ve had a law on the books, you know, for some time that tries to fair it out, indications when somebody’s going to maybe use a gun in the wrong way and I think that’s going to be the focus this time around. There have been attempts to do it before. I think that you need that capability, when somebody, before they get to the point of declaring a manifesto, if there are indications, we have got to start compiling it and try to prevent it.