CNN’s Wild Town Hall Represents Everything that is Wrong with the Gun Control Debate
Following the horrific school shooting that took place in Parkland, FL, CNN hosted a town hall in which survivors of the shooting and friends and relatives of the victims were invited to ask questions of Florida senators Marco Rubio and Ted Deutch, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
What followed was a microcosm of everything that is currently wrong with the gun control debate in this country. Outlined below are just a few of the takeaways from CNN’s wild town hall and how they shine a light on the problematic way gun control advocates approach the problems we are facing.
Emotions over Logic
It’s only natural for emotions to be running high at events such as CNN’s town hall. After all, most all of those invited either witnessed the shooting themselves or knew people who were victims. However, when emotions become the focal point of any debate, the results are rarely beneficial.
CNN’s town hall was far too short of actual questions and proposals and far too heavy on emotional pleas and even outright rage towards Sen. Rubio and Dana Loesch. It’s one thing to feel for the victims of these shootings and the tragedy they have suffered. It’s another thing entirely to suggest that these emotions should dictate policy rather than the facts. However, gun control advocates love nothing more than to use these emotions as an attempt to guilt-trip anyone who supports the Second Amendment.
Only One Side of the Story is Told
One of the most controversial things about the CNN town hall is the allegation that it was scripted from start to finish. CNN supposedly supplied questions that they wanted those in attendance to ask and weeded out any questions that they did not agree with. One student survivor reported he dropped out of CNN’s Town Hall when he wasn’t allowed to ask one of his own questions and refused to use CNN’s scripted words. CNN has, of course, denied these allegations, however, regardless of whether or not the event was indeed completely scripted it was certainly set up in a way as to only show one side of the story.
There are numerous solutions to school shootings that could have been discussed, such improvements to mental health, armed guards in the schools, allowing teachers to carry concealed, and more. There were also numerous issues with how law enforcement at both the local and federal level botched their handling of the shooter, Nikolas Cruz. These issues, however, saw little to no attention at CNN’s town hall. Instead, gun control was the entire focus of the event, and those in attendance spent two hours raking Sen. Rubio and Dana Loesch over the coals for their refusal to support new gun control measures.
Anytime there is a shooting such as the one that took place in Parkland, the media devotes next to zero attention to any proposal that does not have to do with stripping away Second Amendment rights. To them, either you agree with gun control or you are okay with dead children, and the people who are coming up with solutions that could actually help are shouted down and painted as cruel and uncaring. This was the case at CNN’s town hall and it is the case throughout the entirety of the gun control debate.
Pointing Blame in all the Wrong Places
When NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch walked onto the stage at the CNN town hall, numerous people from the audience shouted at her, calling her a “murderer”, a “child killer” and screaming “burn her”. When one Parkland student addressed Marco Rubio, he said that it was hard to look at the senator without seeing the shooter Nikolas Cruz. Throughout all of this, the event’s moderator Jake Tapper remained silent, allowing the audience to continue casting insults and blame at two people who had nothing to do with the shooting.
Concerning the Parkland shooting, there is plenty of blame that could be passed down. You could blame the FBI for failing to follow through on multiple leads that Cruz was a potential threat. You could blame the school resource officer for refusing to enter the building where the shooting was taking place out of fear. You could blame the Broward County sheriff’s office for visiting Cruz a reported 39 times and taking no action against him. Or you could blame Nikolas Cruz himself – the true cause of this tragedy.
Instead, at CNN’s town hall and throughout the gun control debate, blame for the Parkland shooting is shifted to responsible gun owners and those who support Second Amendment rights. As long as we keep pointing blame in all the wrong places, nothing beneficial is ever going to get done and these shootings will continue.
~ National Gun Network