A woman who helped disarm Jared Loughner, the crazed individual who shot former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others in Arizona in 2011, appeared as a guest on MSNBC Tuesday to discuss gun control in light of the recent mass shootings.
Speaking on the anniversary of the Tuscon attack, Patricia Maisch lamented that we did not implement stricter gun control laws sooner.
In fact, she said if it were not for the "twenty little martyrs" at Sandy Hook Elementary, we might not even be having the conversation:
“I don’t think we’ve moved forward nationally. We’re doing our best to move forward. 20 little martyrs in Newtown have had an effect that Christina Taylor Green’s dying on a sidewalk didn’t have, and that Veronica Moser Sullivan dying in a theater didn’t have.
“It’s a shame that we had to get to the 20 little martyrs, that anybody started paying much more than local attention."
According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, a martyr is "a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion," or "a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle."
Here is video of the segment, via Mediaite: