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CNN Uses Aurora Shooting to Force Anti-Gun Agenda on Viewers
NewsBusters.org ^ | July 24, 2012 | Matt Hadro

Posted on 07/24/2012 5:32:28 PM PDT by Kaslin

CNN used Friday's tragic shooting to force the gun control debate back into headlines this past weekend, and multiple network anchors made a blatant liberal push for further gun regulation.

The advocacy began just hours after the atrocity, despite both President Obama and Mitt Romney abstaining from politicking on the day of the massacre. "America has got to do something about its gun laws. Now is the time," CNN's Piers Morgan tweeted hours after the shooting. [Video below the break. Audio here.]

CNN Uses Aurora Shooting to Force Anti-Gun Agenda on Viewers

Morgan followed that up with more tweets and a Friday night show that was loaded with pro-gun control guests. Below are some of the most egregious examples of CNN's bias in favor of gun control from Friday, July 20, through Monday, July 23:

"You tell me a good reason why we should not strengthen the law now to stop another young man like him going into a store tomorrow, buying four more weapons, 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the internet, and killing and shooting another 70 people in America." – Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan Tonight, July 20

"[W]hat has to happen for Washington to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban which expired back in 2004?" – Brooke Baldwin to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), 3 p.m. CNN Newsroom, July 20

"So why hasn't your party, the Democratic party done more to legislate guns?" – Brooke Baldwin to Nutter, 3 p.m. CNN Newsroom, July 20

"This is dating back to 1999, Littleton, Colorado, otherwise known as Columbine. 13 killed in a mass shooting. 2007, Virginia Tech, 32 killed. 2009, Fort Hood, Texas, 13 killed; 2012, Aurora, Colorado, 12 killed. Different circumstances, different people, but people look at this and say, can't we do anything to stop this?" – Candy Crowley, State of the Union, July 22

"Every time one of these things happens – Gabrielle Giffords last year, this shooting here -- there's an outrage, and then very quickly it dissipates. The American people quite quickly go back to their normal lives and they don't demand action in a way that I would expect them to. Why do so many Americans not feel angry enough to demand further gun control?" – Piers Morgan to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), Piers Morgan Tonight, July 23

"If the political leaders in this country continue to say nothing about this, gun sales increase at the rate they've been increasing, and we see more and more of these incidents, people will say, Mayor Bloomberg, it's time you ran for the highest office. It's time you took charge of this." – Piers Morgan to pro-gun control Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Piers Morgan Tonight, July 23

"I want to ban all assault rifles." – Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan Tonight, July 23

"But it's ultimately about conscience. It's about learning from our experiences, our country, these searing experiences and recognizing that we've done this before. Bill Clinton took on the NRA in 1994. We passed an assault weapons ban. It lapsed 10 years later. So there is an example of profiles in courage. This should not be an undiscovered country. It is about courage. It is about taking on some powerful interests. But sometimes that's necessary to have a rational debate that actually deals with the problem." – CNN contributor John Avlon, Erin Burnett OutFront, July 23

Ironically, both a CNN host and a CNN contributor expressed their distaste for the media hitting on the gun issue Friday morning. Howard Kurtz called out CNN and Piers Morgan by name for turning the atrocity into "ideological fodder."

"I feel so strongly about this – how about waiting a decent interval, maybe a day, until, you know, the families have had a time to absorb the shock, the victims have been identified. Why this rush to do it immediately?" Kurtz asked on his Sunday show Reliable Sources.

"But in terms of just overall sensitivity, where the nation's mood was, no I don't think it was the right time to bring up that conversation," CNN contributor L.Z. Granderson said of debating guns the very morning of the shooting, which is what Morgan did.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: britishlunatic; piersmorgan

1 posted on 07/24/2012 5:32:37 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
If you've checked CNN's viewership ratings lately you'll see that they're probably affecting about a hundred and thirteen viewers total.

CNN... Cable News for those not wanting to watch the news.

2 posted on 07/24/2012 5:43:22 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Kaslin
In exactly one word familiar to all: click.
3 posted on 07/24/2012 5:44:58 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Kaslin

The response of the normal people in Colorado is to buy guns. What is going on CNN?

They are not going away from guns, they asked themselves the question normal Americans asked after the shooting: Why did no audience members shoot back at the wacko? The answer, they were not armed! They were sitting ducks.

The disarmed heros threw their bodies over their loved ones and died. They would have shot back and knocked off Holmes if they were armed and ready like they SHOULD have been.


4 posted on 07/24/2012 5:46:28 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Kaslin

The citizens of Colorado are now solving the problem of the crazy savage: Gun sales are up 40%

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-24/colorado-gun-sales-surge-after-the-aurora-massacre


5 posted on 07/24/2012 5:48:29 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Kaslin

I think this is an orchestrated attempt to try and force Senate ratifiction of the UN arms control treaty. It’s all too consistent. Somebody is handing out the script and pulling the strings.


6 posted on 07/24/2012 5:51:20 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Kaslin
What viewers?
7 posted on 07/24/2012 5:59:35 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Kaslin
molon labe Come and get them ass****.
8 posted on 07/24/2012 6:01:50 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Kaslin

What’s a “CNN”?


9 posted on 07/24/2012 6:29:54 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

Something that should be wiped and flushed.


10 posted on 07/24/2012 6:39:28 PM PDT by Buddy Sorrell (No more Zero anymore!)
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“You tell me a good reason why we should not strengthen the law ..”

Facts, Piers.

Gun violence has gone down since the end of the “assault” rifle ban.

More than twice as many people are murdered each year with bare hands than with all rifles combined.


11 posted on 07/24/2012 6:55:06 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Kaslin

Piers Morgan needs to go home to the little island of England AND STAY THERE. He makes me sick when he acts like this is his country.


12 posted on 07/24/2012 7:01:23 PM PDT by Marcella (The power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: Kaslin
"America has got to do something about its gun laws."

YES!

My suggestions:

1 - No gun-free zones

2 - Unrestricted open carry across the board in all 57 + 1 states.


13 posted on 07/24/2012 7:09:19 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Kaslin

If CNN practiced more responsible coverage they could do more to decrease mass murders than any legislation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PezlFNTGWv4&feature=player_embedded

Psychiatrist: “Whenever we see intense saturation coverage of a mass murder, we expect to see one or two more within a week.”


14 posted on 07/24/2012 7:26:37 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Kaslin
FUCNN
15 posted on 07/24/2012 7:30:19 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Obama hates Mexicans (Fast and Furious))
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To: Iron Munro

Let’s add US territories and possessions, too!

Let’s see 57 + 2 + 1 for a total of 60 States of the Union.
(”I’ve visited 57 States with one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii I was not allow to go though I really wanted to, my staff could not justify.” -B.O.)

Territories: 3
Commonwealths: 2
Possessions: 8
Compacts of Free Association: 3
http://rationalrevolution.net/articles/territories.htm

Total:76


16 posted on 07/24/2012 7:34:20 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: jonrick46

CO needs Constitutional carry although I’d rather it be national. Bring back full-auto ownership.


17 posted on 07/24/2012 7:38:26 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: D-fendr

Do you have a website with those statistics handy? Thanks!


18 posted on 07/24/2012 7:39:45 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Kaslin

CNN couldn’t be any worse than the Head Bloviator, Bill O’Really tonight demanding that owners of “heavy weaponry” be put on a list with the FBI.

What’s heavy weaponry, you ask? Bazookas, mortars...AKs, semi-autos...according to BOR.

What a jerk.


19 posted on 07/24/2012 7:42:16 PM PDT by moovova (Ladies & Gentlemen...Pandora has left the box.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

>>Do you have a website with those statistics handy?

There was a long article comparing stats from US and Canada that referenced these stats - which I can’t find quickly now. However, here’s a couple of recent references, quotes, then source:

“Though it is one of the most popular rifles sold to civilians, the AR-15 is rarely used in crimes, presumably because it’s not readily concealed. The most recent FBI figures show just 358 of the 8,775 murders by firearm in 2010 involved rifles of any type. By comparison, 745 people were beaten to death with only hands that year, but no one has called for outlawing fists.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/23/dispelling-gun-myths/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS


JENNIFER RUBIN, WASHINGTON POST: “Listen, we can make all of the declarative statements we want. There is no shortage of empirical data in criminology. In fact, it’s one of the most researched areas of social science. When we had the gun law, the assault ban weapon, there wasn’t a decrease, when we let it expire, there wasn’t an increase.

“We have had a gradual decline over the last 40 years in gun violence and all kinds of violence, in part, because of better policing, in part, because incarceration. So I think some of these statements that there are — we’re having more of these incidents, they simply are not true.”

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/07/22/george-will-and-jennifer-rubin-demolish-times-joe-klein-gun-control-l#ixzz21bGnJWYG


20 posted on 07/24/2012 8:13:50 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Kaslin
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21 posted on 07/24/2012 8:22:00 PM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: VideoDoctor
If you've checked CNN's viewership ratings lately you'll see that they're probably affecting about a hundred and thirteen viewers total.

Recent data released shows them with the worst ratings in 21 years.

And....

CNN drew an average of just 319,000 total viewers and 129,000 viewers
ages 25-54 in the second quarter. Ratings fell 35% among total viewers
and 41% in the key demo compared to the same time last year.
Primetime ratings also suffered big losses — 35% and 45% in those
audiences respectively.

22 posted on 07/24/2012 11:14:05 PM PDT by QT3.14 (We live in an era with Smart Phones and Dumb People)
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To: Kaslin

I want to ban all British marxist fops like Piers Morgan who wouldn’t know an assault weapon from his butt.

His treatment of John Lott on his show the other night was nothing less that despicable but then, again, that is the CNN standard for treatment of guests with differing views.

Just when you think that CNN cannot go any lower, they surprise you with their limitless rudeness, bias, and ignorance.

I think I’ll just stay with the “Autopsy Channel”.


23 posted on 07/25/2012 12:20:39 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: VideoDoctor

exactly. Let’s hope they go bankrupt soon...


24 posted on 07/25/2012 12:55:42 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: D-fendr
Gun violence has gone down since the end of the “assault” rifle ban.

do you have statistics for that? I'd like to quote them in my arguments against anti-gun folks.

25 posted on 07/25/2012 12:56:39 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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