In Italy, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joined the gun control debate today while talking to U.S. troops. A soldier asked him what President Barack Obama was going to do to protect schoolchildren from gun violence without infringing on the right to own guns. Panetta made his position quite clear.
"I mean who the hell needs armor-piercing bullets except you guys in battle? I've been duck hunting since I was 10-years-old. I love to hunt and I love to be able to share that joy with my kids. But for the life of me, I don't know why the hell people have to have an assault weapon," Panetta said.
Panetta was President Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff when assault weapons were banned in the 1990s. President Obama asked Congress yesterday to approve an assault weapons ban and background checks for all gun buyers.