Skip to comments.MSNBC's NOW With Alex Wagner Uses Aurora Shootings as Excuse to Slam NRA
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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!
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.
Google Castle Rock Vs Gonzales
Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone
I bet Alex did not say a thing about 200+ Mexicans being dead from Fast and Furious.
Sounds like Alex comes from the Culture of Stupidity.
I joined the NRA today just to piss in the punchbowl of people like this.
If anyone reading this has not joined, please do.
Tell Alex and MSNBC what you think about them politicizing this event...
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.
“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!
I thought both campaigns suspended adds in Co. today . I’ve seen 2 obama adds in the past hour , and he “ approved this message “ .
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???