Nick Givas, DCNF
Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon used some strange logic to criticize Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott for politicizing the Broward school shooting before diving into his own political sermon on gun control.
“Often you hear Republicans say let’s not politicize a tragedy, in the resistance to talk about guns in the wake of these mass shootings. Rick Scott is politicizing a tragedy by calling for Director Wray to step down. Pure and simple,” Avlon said Monday on CNN’s “New Day.”
“Look, this is a horrific moment for the country, for the members of the FBI because somebody screwed up,” he continued. “The ball was dropped. There needs to be an inquest and there needs to be lessons learned. And it could be any number of things. But pointing the finger at the FBI, as also the president did on Twitter trying to say they were distracted from the Russia investigation. 35,000 members of the FBI are not distracted by the Russia investigation.”
Avlon said the children who survived the shooting are the ones with the most moral authority and then patted CNN on the back for interviewing them and making things political.
“So let’s be clear about that. The voices who have the most moral clarity and the most moral authority are the kids. Who you interviewed so powerfully,” Avlon said. “When is it the right day to talk about gun control in America? If it’s not the day after a shooting, how about March 24th. Let’s have a conversation with the kids who were effected.
“New Day” host Alisyn Camerota continued with the political narrative, labeling the school children “future voters.”
“They are future voters. They are future voters. They are taking the bull by the horns here,” Camerota said. “Everything they’re saying and what they plan to do.”
Avlon responded by calling on Congress to act “if only for political” reasons and thinks it’s time for action on Capitol Hill.
“There are 180 congressional districts that have had mass shootings take place,” Avlon concluded. “There should be more political awareness and a sense of responsibility by Congress. If only for political, if not moral reasons, then we’ve seen. Let’s see if they finally get off their butts and do something about this.”
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