Scott Pelley on covering tragedy, heroism, and gun laws

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 14, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (WCTV) -- CBS Evening News' Scott Pelley talks about having to cover tragedy, heroism, and gun regulation in the wake of Sunday's Massacre in Orlando.

Pelley, a veteran journalist who began a now-nearly 30 year stint with CBS News in 1989, has covered stories such as the September 11 attacks, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and the Waco siege.

"You think about Newtown (Connecticut) and the massacre there which we covered, and the massacre at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, there have just been so many of these," Pelley told WCTV. "Every one is heartbreaking. I hate covering them, to tell you the truth."

The CBS Evening News anchor says that despite the tragedy, the tales of heroism that often emerge from covering such events are the stories he likes telling.

"Ordinary people caught up in deadly events with no warning what-so-ever," he says. "It's a real test of character. All of a sudden they have to make a decision, do they run or do they help? Over and over again we hear these stories of people who decide they're going to help."

After covering tragedy after tragedy, Pelley says he doesn't think the now-deadliest mass shooting in history will change much. He also doesn't think expanded gun regulation would make much a difference.

"If someone is bent on doing this kind of violence, they're going to figure out how to do it. There are good arguments on both sides, and reasonable people are going to continue to disagree. I don't think this event, as awful as it is, is going to change anything immediately."

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