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04/09/2013 09:48 am ET

Joe Scarborough Rips Republicans Over Planned Gun Control Filibuster (VIDEO)

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Joe Scarborough lashed out on Tuesday's "Morning Joe" at Republicans promising to filibuster gun control legislation even before the details of the bill have been finalized.

Fifteen Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have promised to filibuster Senator Harry Reid's gun bill. Scarborough was outraged.

"Republicans are planning to filibuster a 92% issue... something that involves the massacre of twenty first-grade children," he said incredulously. "Is anyone awake in my party on the Hill?"

He said that the vast majority of Americans support gun reform — citing a poll that found 92% of Americans support background checks — and that he simply did not understand "the political calculation" behind trying to slow the legislation down.

Scarborough has become an advocate of gun control in the wake of the Newtown shooting in December. The MSNBC host said that the tragedy forced him to re-evaluate his previously "long-held" beliefs about gun rights. "I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I demand for my children," he said.

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