The left is using the tragic mass shootings in Texas and New York to move forward with draconian gun ownership restrictions. Within hours of the shooting, politicians and left-leaning media hosts suggested abolishing Second Amendment rights. On Sunday, liberal CNN host Jim Acosta suggested the NRA shared responsibility for the Texas shooting, asking his interviewee, “Isn’t some of this blood on the NRA’s hands?”
Interestingly, Acosta’s interviewee was Judge Phillip Journey, who serves as a State Senator in Kansas. Journey, along with 75 others, serves on the NRA Board but is not a spokesperson for the NRA.
A visually upset Acosta abruptly jumped into a charge against the NRA. He railed: “The NRA, for decades, has pushed for the most relaxed [gun control] rules possible in this country, and that’s why we have mass shooting after mass shooting…”
Journey rejected the premise of Acosta’s charge and was cut off by the CNN host in midsentence.
When Acosta pressed Journey to respond to his accusation, Journey shot back, “I’m not the one that pulled the trigger, and neither are the members of the National Rifle Association.”
Many suggest the death toll associated with the shooting in Texas could have been mitigated had law enforcement not taken more than an hour to move to subdue the gunman. Regarding the recent shooting in New York, Journey noted the shooting was an example of “the alarms were going off in New York and all the officials did was hit the snooze button” even though the shooter “already threatened a mass shooting prior, and nobody did anything.”
In a classic move to present a diatribe under the guise of an interview, Acosta asked a series of questions without waiting for his guest to comment.
Acosta asked whether a “troubled young man should be able to go out and buy an AR-15 assault rifle?” He asked whether the NRA should have held their annual convention — scheduled more than 10 years in advance — in Texas less than a week after the shooting. And Acosta again questioned whether 18-year-olds should have access to AR-15 rifles.
Acosta did not note that 18-year-olds can join the military and are assigned high-powered rifles and that the Second Amendment protects the right for citizens to purchase arms, nor did he indicate that any other businesses should have closed or rescheduled events due to the shooting in Texas.
Frustrated at Acosta’s line of reasoning after he asked if a person can bring an AR-15 rifle into Journey’s courtroom, the Judge replied, “Of course not,” and reminded the host that doing is against the law, as is bringing a firearm onto school property.”
According to the Daily Caller, “Journey lambasted Acosta for continually putting ‘words in my mouth’ as he tried to answer questions.” At the time, Acosta was implying that Journey and the NRA did not support “background checks.” Journey noted that was not true.
Acosta appeared focused on banning the AR-15 rifle and possibly all higher-performance weapons but did not provide a legal rationale for overturning the Second Amendment.
Notably, Acosta does not promote banning SUV’s after an SUV was used as a weapon to run down onlookers at a parade in Wisconsin, banning knives after multiple stabbings at a school in New York or reversing Biden’s open Southern border policies, which have resulted in a 399% increase in fentanyl deaths in Texas (more than 1660 in 2021).
Journey affirmed he supports background checks and faults states for allowing “flawed” systems that promote and allow troubled individuals to harm others.
Undeterred by reason, Acosta ended the segment by stating:
“It just seems to me that the NRA just has to look into its soul, and I’m sorry to say it that way, sir, but you and your other board members need to look into your souls and see what can be done for these kids, these kids who keep dying over and over again, over and over again.”
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