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MSNBC's NOW With Alex Wagner Uses Aurora Shootings as Excuse to Slam NRA
NewsBuster.org ^ | July 20, 2012 | Kelly McGarey

Posted on 07/20/2012 7:57:15 PM PDT by Kaslin

Airing hours after the midnight mass murder in Aurora, Colorado, MSNBC's Alex Wagner was bound to devote her program to the tragic breaking news. However, unlike other journalists, Wagner used the event as a platform for extensive commentary on the politics of the gun control debate and America's "culture of violence." Wagner, an alumna of the liberal Center for American Progress, has suggested she would favor repealing the 2nd Amendment. Back in February, after a school shooting, she bemoaned the lack of traction that gun control advocates have in pushing for more gun restrictions.

MSNBC colleague and liberal pundit Chris Hayes was the first to jump on the anti-gun bandwagon, and bizarrely focused on suicide instead of the Aurora tragedy. Hayes argued that, "the availability of a gun makes suicide fatality far more likely" even though, it "doesn't make the impulse to do it more likely," ignoring the fact that suicide has nothing to do with the events of last evening. 

 

The conversation then shifted to the National Rifle Association (NRA), with Patricia Murphy condemning its power and popularity in states "where guns are used recreational," and highlighting that even "Democrats in those states do not vote for gun control measures." Dan Gross, the President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, agreed, saying that "the gun lobby is going to wield far too much power over our politicians" and urged the American people to "do the right thing." The fact that his idea of the "right thing" and the opinion of a majority of Americans is different, appears to of little consequence to Gross, or to Wagner, who failed to bring an explicitly pro-gun rights talking head on the program, even as she gave a platform to a gun control lobbyist.

Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell (D) also made an appearance on the program to bash the NRA, which could be seen as strange and offensive to many of his former constituents since Pennsylvania has the second highest number of NRA members in the nation, after Texas. But Rendell strangely offered an explanation for the Keystone State's high number of NRA members, claiming that most people in the NRA don't, "believe everything that the NRA stands for" and instead proposed that "a lot of people" joined the organization "because they want the magazine...they want the discounts." 

Rendell then launched into an attack on people who oppose the one-gun-a-month rule, saying that the law stops "the straw purchaser who walks into every gun store in Cleveland and in Pittsburgh and in Erie and buys 15 semi-automatic Smith & Wesson " then sells them "to felons and juveniles who can't buy guns lawfully" to "make 200% profit." 

Later, he says that people "should start using common sense" about guns, since "no one would contend that a citizen should be allowed to buy a nuclear rocket launcher."

Yes, he really said "nuclear rocket launcher" although they only exist in Ed Rendell's imagination. That and the idea that someone would pay three times the retail store price for a handgun off the street.

No Second Amendment advocate was featured on the program, and no new facts or evidence about the shooting were uncovered. Instead, Wagner, who is on the record as favoring repealing the 2nd Amendment, decided to turn this tragedy into a opportunity to launch its own liberal agenda.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; jamesholmes; mediabias

1 posted on 07/20/2012 7:57:19 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

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2 posted on 07/20/2012 7:58:51 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

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3 posted on 07/20/2012 7:59:14 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 07/20/2012 8:01:15 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Surprised they haven’t gone after meat cleavers yet. Lots of deaths due to those. (I own two; only little six-inch blades, not the larger blades.)


5 posted on 07/20/2012 8:04:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Kaslin

We should really push for the idea that had someone in the theatre been carrying there would have been a good chance that the carnage could have been much less!

For the sake of all the wounded and dead I REALLY with there had been people carrying in the audience!


6 posted on 07/20/2012 8:05:14 PM PDT by Castigar
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To: Kaslin

The commie DemocRATS can’t let this one go to waste. This was an “unexpected” UP day for them. They are all smiles over this “Batman massacre” thing. Their “Blame the TEA Party” thing didn’t work out. It looks like the commie Flukers are going to try the NRA next to see if anything will stick. If there is one thing that the commie ‘RATS are good at, it’s exploiting a tragedy. The ‘RATS wrote the book on that. DemocRATS are the most evil bass turds on the planet.


7 posted on 07/20/2012 8:08:44 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Who is Barack Hussein Obama?)
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To: Kaslin
Later, he says that people "should start using common sense" about guns, since "no one would contend that a citizen should be allowed to buy a nuclear rocket launcher."

Hey Eddie Babeeee! Let's take a look a the Happy Land fire in NY!

According to your thoughtful logic, a CAN OF GAS AND A PAPER MATCH should be equated to the nuclear rocket launcher!

You idiot, more people were killed in that fire than were killed in Colorado, so LETS JUST BAN GAS CANS! Oh and while we're at it, a 3 day wait for PAPER FREAKIN MATCHES might just be a REALLY GOOD IDEA!

CLOWN.

8 posted on 07/20/2012 8:09:38 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimze, my handle is a Hate Crime. Hope they don't like it.)
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To: Kaslin
Has anyone checked to make sure the semi-auto rifle wasn't a "Fast & Furious" gun? After all, one of the greatest "straw buyers" of firearms is the BATFE and Justice Department.

Mark

9 posted on 07/20/2012 8:10:13 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Kaslin
`frisco freaks:
10 posted on 07/20/2012 8:10:48 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Kaslin

This is the liberal idiocy.

Thugs, nuts and criminals could care less what a liberal does with the 2nd Amendment, or if they pass 1000 gun laws. They will break them all, they break the laws now.

And i highly, highly doubt this guy belonged to any pro-2A gun group.

Law abiding people don’t do this kind of thing. They want to defend themselves’against’this kind of thing because they understand people like this who don’t respect the law, or others, they need a way to defend against these nutballs because they know criminals will get their hands on weapons and use them when that is their intent.


11 posted on 07/20/2012 8:10:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Kaslin

Hey Alex,

Google Castle Rock Vs Gonzales

Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html


12 posted on 07/20/2012 8:14:34 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Read SCOTUS Castle Rock vs Gonzales before dialing 911!)
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To: Kaslin

I bet Alex did not say a thing about 200+ Mexicans being dead from Fast and Furious.


13 posted on 07/20/2012 8:20:17 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like Alex comes from the Culture of Stupidity.


14 posted on 07/20/2012 8:24:25 PM PDT by NoobRep
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To: Travis McGee

I joined the NRA today just to piss in the punchbowl of people like this.

If anyone reading this has not joined, please do.


15 posted on 07/20/2012 8:32:38 PM PDT by arkady_renko (I want to believe but on 6/28/2012 at 10:00 EST I became a slave of the State.)
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To: Travis McGee
Alex Wagner's twitter:

Tell Alex and MSNBC what you think about them politicizing this event...

https://twitter.com/alexwagner

16 posted on 07/20/2012 8:32:51 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: Kaslin

I think it;s pretty much taken for granted that any action with a gun will be blamed on NRA or right wingers.

Its not news to her that MSNBC or any other news agancy will blame all gun owners.


17 posted on 07/20/2012 8:37:55 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: ConradofMontferrat

“Fast Eddie” big fat s**t Rendell thinks he owns the debate & sucks the oxygen out of every room he waddles into.

Come to western PA & spout your weak s**t, Fast Eddie.

You may own PhilthyDelphia but you don’t own us bitter clingers what your Priezy of the United Stiezy called us!


18 posted on 07/20/2012 8:57:10 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: Kaslin

I thought both campaigns suspended adds in Co. today . I’ve seen 2 obama adds in the past hour , and he “ approved this message “ .


19 posted on 07/20/2012 8:57:42 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: Venturer

Why do the liberals seldom talk about the ongoing gang violence and gang shootings in the ghettos of our big cities? Is it because they are afraid of being called racist if they bring up that the vast majority of such shootings are perpetrated by minority young men???


20 posted on 07/20/2012 9:04:17 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Kaslin

Something is up with how quiet the media has been with the killer’s life and beliefs etc.


21 posted on 07/20/2012 9:15:23 PM PDT by snarkytart (http://www.freerepubli224%2C1)
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To: Venturer

Let the Dems bring it up. It will hurt them at the polls, as it did Gore. Ten million gun sales a year aren’t just being bought by Republicans.


22 posted on 07/20/2012 9:28:22 PM PDT by alamogal
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To: Kaslin
some scumbag DJ on XM tonight was blaming Rush and Sarah...
23 posted on 07/20/2012 9:29:52 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: arkady_renko

I joined the NRA a few months ago.


24 posted on 07/20/2012 9:32:28 PM PDT by Marcella (The power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: Kaslin

Killers don’t need guns to kill! Ask Bernadine Dorne and Bill Ayers! Bombs and nails work very well.


25 posted on 07/20/2012 9:39:21 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I believe more people die in auto accidents each year than by guns. Time to ban automobiles?


26 posted on 07/20/2012 9:42:50 PM PDT by pankot
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To: Castigar
"We should really push for the idea that had someone in the theatre been carrying there would have been a good chance that the carnage could have been much less!"

Can't help but wonder if there had been a couple of good guys in there armed in a similar way, with rounds that would penetrate his "bullet-proof vest" if the fuzzy-headed little prevert would have been able to get off so many from his "20-round clips."

Doubtful. One prepared person with an AR or similar could have ended that catastrophe within seconds. I'll bet you this scumbag would have been squirting brains out of an eye socket if any one of the rest of the movie goers could defend against idjits like that pussy. I mean hell, him standing there on the little stage in front of the screen against a couple of Marines or other trained fighters armed properly, he'd be in the morgue right now. But no, let's disarm all the trained gunslingers and let the richardheads rule in the gun-free zones.

ESAD you whacked out little loser. When we meet down yonder, I'll have a sharp piece of steel and I'll carve off one of yer tiny little testicles. Then I'm gonna fry it up and stuff it up your ass before I cut the rest of yer naughty bits off. Watch for me, I'll be the guy with the squirrel fur Speedo.

27 posted on 07/20/2012 10:26:30 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Kaslin
*Yawn* A non-event.

Everytime we have an 'event' the usual suspects come out and huff and puff then go back to sleep.

28 posted on 07/20/2012 10:35:08 PM PDT by QT3.14 (Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, our taxes fund Obama's Death Panels who decide if we live or dive)
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To: pankot

More people die from doctor and nurse medical mistakes - iatrogenic deaths. Time to ban doctors? If we used liberal logic, you bet.

Liberal logic can’t handle case by case examinations and taking actual differences into account. Liberal logic gives you zero tolerance and tsa search policies.


29 posted on 07/20/2012 11:17:58 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Liberal logic gives you zero tolerance and tsa search policies.

Half the examples of "l.l." are oxymoronic, most of the rest, non-sequiturs or appeals to motive in lieu of argument.

The idea of "l.l." is pretty much in tatters anymore, outside the highbrow journals.

30 posted on 07/21/2012 2:10:31 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: West Texas Chuck; re_nortex; davetex; Bigun; stevie_d_64; af_vet_rr; humblegunner; Spktyr; ...
Watch for me, I'll be the guy with the squirrel fur Speedo.

LOL -- sell tickets first. I want one.

31 posted on 07/21/2012 2:17:07 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: ConradofMontferrat
Hey Eddie Babeeee! Let's take a look a the Happy Land fire in NY!

Happy Land? How about Chicago, 1871? Kate O'Leary's cow burned the city down, and the Chicagoans went nuts; they murdered a billion cows in reprisal.

They're still at it. Talk about strict!

32 posted on 07/21/2012 2:22:56 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Marcella

Isn’t it nice to speak from a position of saftey having armed security protecting your sorry a##.


33 posted on 07/21/2012 5:57:59 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: lentulusgracchus

My eyes!!! My eyesssssss!!!


34 posted on 07/21/2012 9:45:12 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: stevie_d_64
lol -- sorry about that! ...

Okay, not sorry! I admit it!

But hey, who could pass up the uniqueness of the moment?

35 posted on 07/21/2012 10:10:13 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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