CNN's Don Lemon: 'It Doesn't Matter if Gun Violence is Down'
Completely by accident, CNN "journalist" Don Lemon just let the left-wing media cat out of the bag during a ridiculous rant calling for the immediate restriction of our civil rights -- even though studies show gun violence has decreased since the easing of gun control laws.
In a segment this morning on Carol Costello's morning show, CNN contributor Will Cain rightly pointed out that gun violence is down since the 1990's -- meaning down since there's been an easing of gun control laws. But Lemon didn't want to hear any kind of positive news that might be inconvenient to his gun-grabbing agenda. And so, after informing us he's been on the verge of tears every of the past three days (as though his emotional state makes him right), he let this rip:
Listen, for the past three days, i have been on the verge of tears every second, and most of the people here have been crying 24 hours straight. Yes, we need to address mental health, but mental health in this particular issue -- let's not get it twisted -- is a secondary issue. If someone who has a mental issue did not have access to guns that should only be available in war zones, we would not be dealing with this. Who needs a bullet piercing, armor piercing bullet to go hunting? Who needs an assault rifle to go hunting? You can't even use the prey that you kill with an assault rifle if you indeed do it. no one needs an assault rifle to go out and shoot a deer. …
That's the issue that we need to deal with. So to say that gun violence is down does not make sense. To me, it's insulting to everyone who lost a loved one here and who was dealing with that. It doesn't matter if gun violence is down. 20 children are dead here and 6 adults are dead, and the mother of a person who was not mentally -- who is mentally challenged in some way is dead. so to say that gun violence is down -- we need to talk about mental health, yes. mental health is a secondary issue. We need to get guns and bullets and automatic weapons off the streets. They should only be available to police officers and to hunt al Qaeda and the Taliban and not hunt children.
Cain's points were just too good for Lemon to deal with:
1. Guns have been a constant in America life for decades. What's new are these mass shootings, so it can't be guns that are to blame.
2. With the easing of gun control came a decrease in gun violence.
3. Knowing all this, we should be looking for real solutions.
Lemon, who poses as an unbiased journalist, not only dismissed logic that might lead to a real solution to these mass shootings, but he's such an ideologue, he doesn’t even care about a potential correlation between gun control laws and violence.
How in the world are we going to solve this problem when you have anti-fact/anti-science journalists focusing on emotion instead of common sense and data? A cheap appeal to emotion through your "verge of tears" might make you feel better, but it isn’t going to save anyone's life. Neither is ignoring statistics inconvenient to your ideology.
Lemon's also being intellectually dishonest here. The weapons used in the Connecticut school shooting were not assault weapons. So he's posing no solution whatsoever.
It's all preening, sanctimony, an attack on the Right, and an attack on our civil liberties.
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