If you had the misfortune of tuning into CNN’s second annual town hall event on firearms Wednesday, first of all, we’re sorry. You deserved to have a better night than that. Second of all, you were treated to a special that, while toned down from last year’s post-Parkland event, was still rife with lies, hysteria, and an absolute intolerance for any pro-gun positions. Host Chris Cuomo was even more biased and insufferable than last year’s Jake Tapper, and he made sure to repeatedly remind viewers that his loyalties – and those of CNN’s, presumably – lied with the gun grabbers.
“For one, we can’t continue to be this stupid,” Cuomo said near the end of the program. “It just defies common sense. We have a clear consensus among Americans of wanting better and more protection.”
Hmm, then why isn’t Congress overrun with anti-gun politicians, if that’s the case? Why has there been no serious movement to overturn or modify the Second Amendment? If there is a “clear consensus” among all Americans that this is the right thing to do, then we’re not sure what the problem is. Oh, maybe the NRA is like Russia, hacking into our voting booths and suppressing the black vote and hypnotizing unsuspecting citizens with fancy Facebook ads. That might explain it. We’re not sure what else would.
Interestingly enough, former President Bill Clinton wrote a piece for Time Magazine this week, endorsing a return to his administration’s ban on assault weapons:
America is reacting as we have come to expect in the wake of mass shootings. Thoughts and prayers are offered, as they should be. Communities come together, as they should, in vigils to remember those lost and injured and to remind ourselves that we shouldn’t keep letting this happen. Elected officials speak about the need for change. But the tragedies do keep happening, while the one thing that we know can reduce the number and the death tolls of mass shootings has not been done: reinstituting the ban on assault weapons and the limit on high-capacity magazines that was in effect from 1994 to 2004.
But Cuomo apparently thinks that law wasn’t good enough, because he said: “People point to the ‘94 assault weapons ban as a model. But is it really? Barely found political consensus. It was like 216 to 214. And to be honest it really was easily run around by manufacturers. So, I would argue we’ve never really taken this on.”
Which indicates two things: He’s delusional enough to think that an “assault weapons ban” could find better political consensus in today’s climate, and two, he thinks that today’s ban should be even more wide-ranging and expansive than the one from 1994.
Anyway, it was a two-hour, one-sided bash fest, just as you already knew it would be. We doubt a single person’s mind was changed, anywhere in America, because CNN wasn’t interested in actually having a reasoned debate on the topic. They just wanted to stand up on their big soap box and yell at the clouds for a while. We guess if that was the point, the network did a fine job of it.