Video: Corporate Media Incessantly Hammers Gun Control Talking Point
Yet legislation would not have prevented shootings
In the wake of the Orlando shooting, the corporate TV news networks have gone into overdrive to hammer the same talking point on the desperate need for gun control legislation to be pushed, despite the fact that it is easily provable that such legislation would not have prevented the massacre.
The Washington Free Beacon put together the following compilation that highlights just how incessantly the networks have been shoving the gun control agenda down the throats of what remains of their audiences.
As highlighted in the video, when Donald Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany pointed out that the media was desperately attempting to shift the talking point away from radical Islamic terrorism and toward guns, CNN’s Don Lemon shut her down and flat denied that the media was doing anything of the sort.
“No one is ignoring extremism,” Lemon stated. “Our whole show is about Islamic extremism.”
However, the barrage of clips that follow in the video prove that McEnany is exactly correct.
In addition, Attorney General Loretta Lynch appeared on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ Sunday and revealed that law enforcement will release transcripts Monday from the three 911 calls that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen made, but that they will omit any references to Islamic fundamentalism and ISIS.
In other words, the FBI will brush the issue of Islamic extremism under the rug, and scrub the references Mateen made out of history.
“What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda,” Lynch said. “We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State].”
While the media continued to obsess over gun control, one telling exchange occurred during a ABC News interview with Democratic Senator Chris Murphy that brings the entire talking point crashing down.
Murphy’s attempt to sell gun control legislation being proposed by Democrats in the Senate was utterly destroyed in seconds by ‘This Week’ anchor Jonathan Karl.
“You specifically are pushing a bill, and have been pushing a bill, and it will be voted on Monday, to close the so-called gun show loophole. Would that have done anything to stop the massacre in Orlando?” Karl asked.
While Murphy stuttered and stammered in an attempt to form a coherant response, it quickly became clear that the answer was very evidently ‘no’.
“He didn’t buy those guns at a gun show. And he would have passed the background—he did pass a background check,” Karl pointed out.
“What I’m trying to get at is that every time there’s one of these terrible tragedies, there’s these proposals,” Karl said. “Your proposal would have done nothing in the case of Orlando. It would have done nothing to stop the killing in San Bernardino, and in fact, was unrelated to the killing in Newtown. So why are we focusing on things that have nothing to do with the massacres that we are responding [to]?” the ABC man continued.
Karl is correct. In every major mass shooting in the US in recent history, the gunmen ALL passed background checks and went through the strict legal procedures to obtain firearms.
GOP nominee Donald Trump intimated Friday that he believes had people inside the Pulse club in Orlando been armed, the massacre could have been prevented.
Trump’s comments spurred the media to press pro gun groups on whether they agreed that club goers should be armed.
NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre told CBS anchor John Dickerson Sunday that the group disagrees with the sentiment that people should be allowed to carry concealed weapons in places where alcohol is being consumed.
“I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking,” LaPierre said. “But I’ll tell you this: Everybody, every American needs to start having a security plan. We need to be able to protect ourselves because they’re coming, and they’re gonna go for vulnerable spots, and this country needs to realize that.”
“John, I think we to look right in the face of who these people are that we’re facing,” LaPierre added. “They don’t care about the law. Laws didn’t stop them in Boston. Laws didn’t stop them in San Bernardino, where you had every type of gun control law you could have. And they didn’t stop them in Paris, where people can’t even own guns.”
LaPierre’s comments prompted Trump to clarify his position Monday as he tweeted out that he meant only security guards or employees should have had access to weapons, and not club goers.
When I said that if, within the Orlando club, you had some people with guns, I was obviously talking about additional guards or employees
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2016