CNN’s John Berman reprehensibly stated on “New Day” Wednesday that lawmakers who take a stance against gun control are intentionally choosing mass shootings and saying that “Boulder is working for me.”
In hyperbolic statements that seem to be aimed at boosting the show’s ratings, Berman vilely accused those defending gun-rights and the Second Amendment of allegedly condoning murder: “This morning, lawmakers face a choice. It’s a choice they have faced before. Will they choose to take action, do something, anything, to try to stop these mass shootings, or will they choose the status quo?”
“Which means looking at what happened in Boulder this week, in Georgia last week, and saying: I choose this. Let’s stick with this. Boulder is working for me,” he slanderously posited.
Co-host Alisyn Camerota’s comments were less offensive but still very biased and patently ridiculous. She suggested that gun store employees be made responsible for administering on-the-fly psychological evaluations of gun purchasers and that on their determination, refuse to sell to the buyer if they deem them paranoid. This despite the obvious fact that no employee of a gun store is qualified as a psychological expert.
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Camerota had two guests whom she looked to for bolstering her premise. Both indicated that what she was suggesting was not only impractical, but illegal as well.
CNN analyst Asha Rangappa, who is a former FBI Special Agent, gently pointed out that “an eyeball test wouldn’t work” when it comes to determining whether someone is mentally fit or not to purchase a gun.
Camerota asked the analyst what she thought of her plan: “Asha, how about that? How onerous would it be to have a gun shop owner just say: by the way, are you hearing voices? Do you ever hear anybody — do you think people are chasing you? Do you think everybody is watching you? I mean, that, it would have weeded out, possibly, this guy.”
Rangappa was surprisingly not having any of it: “Well, Alisyn, I, I, I completely agree with, with the concerns that you’re mentioning. But based on the law, even asking those questions wouldn’t, wouldn’t allow a buyer to prevent the purchase. At least under federal so. So with mental illness, at least under the federal firearms disqualifiers, you have to actually be committed to a mental institution, or adjudicated by a court as mentally defective, in order to be legally disqualified from purchasing a firearm.”
“You know an eyeball test wouldn’t work, and I don’t even think a psychologist having evaluated someone would reach that level. It’s a very high bar,” the former FBI agent stated.
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun when he started shooting inside the King Soopers store in Boulder, Colorado, killing ten people including a police officer who was first on the scene. Alissa is now being charged with ten counts of first-degree murder and is due to appear in court on Thursday.
Congress is polarized on the issue of gun control with Democrats being all for it and Republicans standing strongly against it. Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) is staunchly against gun control and flatly stated that “we don’t need more gun control, we need more idiot control.”
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“Every time there is a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared concerning the Boulder mass shooting and the Democrats’ immediate call for gun control.
“What happens in this committee after every mass shooting is Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens because that’s their political objective,” Cruz astutely asserted during a hearing on gun violence on Tuesday.
Berman is just one more in a long line of media analysts, hosts, and talking heads that jumped on the gun control bandwagon after the massacre in Boulder. Leftist politicians are certainly not letting this emergency go to waste either.
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