People feel uncomfortable talking about racial issues out of fear that if they express things they will be characterized in a way that’s not fair. I think that there is still a need for a dialogue about things racial that we’ve not engaged in.
I don’t even talk about whether or not racial profiling is legal. I just don’t think racial profiling is a particularly good law enforcement tool.
I think that what I’m doing is right. And election-year politics which intensifies everything is not going to drive me off that course.
I understand the Second Amendment. I respect the Second Amendment. I think we need to use common sense tools to keep the American people safe to keep our streets safe.
It’s a sad indication of where Washington has come where policy differences almost necessarily become questions of integrity. I came to Washington in the late ’70s and people had the ability in the past to have intense policy differences but didn’t feel the need to question the other person’s character.
Saturdays and Sundays America in the year 2009 does not in some ways differ significantly from the country that existed almost 50 years ago. This is truly sad.