CNN’s Jim Acosta scolding NRA board member is cringy: ‘Isn’t this blood on your hands?’

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CNN’s Jim Acosta flagrantly disregarded his own demands for decency as he chastised a board member from the National Rifle Association (NRA) while foisting blame for the tragedy in Texas on Second Amendment proponents arguing, “Isn’t this blood on your hands?”

Perhaps Judge Phillip Journey was led to believe his Sunday interview on “CNN Newsroom” would be a civil dialogue seeking to outline constructive steps forward for the nation after an 18-year-old suspect murdered 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. It only took moments into Acosta’s questioning to prove that wouldn’t be the case as his talking point-filled smear of the NRA demanded constant interruptions of his guest so no counterpoint could effectively be presented.

“For years your group has blocked new gun safety laws and pushed for the most relaxed rules on firearms. Isn’t some of this blood on the NRA’s hands?” Acosta accused.

“I really don’t believe the supposition of your question is accurate,” Journey stated before clarifying his role with the NRA. “I know that, while I’m not a spokesperson for anybody, I follow the issue closely and that the NRA and other organizations, even myself as a state senator in Kansas, have worked to tighten the laws.”

“I think that it’s important to understand-” he started as he began to get into details only to be silenced by the host who then accused Journey of lying.

“No, no, no, sir – I hope you understand I’m gonna have to cut you off when you start saying things that just aren’t true. The NRA has not worked to tighten rules. That’s just not the case. The NRA for years, for decades, has pushed for the most relaxed rules possible in this country, and that’s why we have mass shooting after mass shooting,” the journalist argued ignoring the reality of the myriad of laws that must be broken for any mass shooting to occur.

“Please if you could answer the question I asked you at the beginning of the interview, isn’t this blood on your hands?” Acosta asked again.

“I’m not the one that pulled the trigger and neither are the members of the National Rifle Association,” Journey stated flatly. He then went on to reference the case of the 18-year-old suspect in Buffalo, N.Y. charged for the murder of 10 individuals prior to the tragedy at Robb Elementary School.

“I think Buffalo is a great example where the alarms were going off in New York and all the officials did was hit the snooze button,” he said of the reports that law enforcement officials were aware of the danger posed by the suspect ahead of time and that it could have been prevented.

Never one to miss an opportunity to attack former President Donald Trump, Acosta also chided the president for “doing a jig” on stage at the NRA convention held in Houston, Texas days after the tragedy. He then demanded that decency be preserved for the sake of the victims before airing a series of interviews conducted by his network with students from the school who are having to cope with such immense loss with their town overrun by media.

What Acosta left out was Trump’s words at the convention that not only called for finding common ground but attempted to honor the memories of the victims.

“Each precious young soul that was taken is an incomprehensible loss, literally not comprehensible, stolen from us by a malice that no words can describe, sickness,” and, he went on, while those slaughtered, “are now with God in Heaven, [the suspect] will be eternally damned to burn in the fires of Hell.”

As for the media, Trump stated they were making a “grotesque effort…to advance their own political agenda.”

“Even more repulsive is their rush to shift blame away from the villains who commit acts of mass violence and to place that blame onto the shoulders of millions of peaceful, law-abiding citizens who belong to organizations such as our wonderful NRA,” the former president added.

That is precisely why Journey noted at the end of the interview that he would be happy to have a discussion with anyone who actually wanted to talk rather than “insult” him.


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