MSNBC Plugs Website That Helps Investors Boycott Pro-Gun Stocks

March 2nd, 2018 5:35 PM

On Friday's Velshi and Ruhle show, MSNBC hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle continued their anti-gun activism as they not only promoted a website that helps investors avoid owning stocks that benefit the gun industry, but they also brought on a researcher to complain because guns have not been categorized by the CDC as a "public health problem."



Leading up to a commercial break at 11:37 a.m. ET, Velshi fretted over how difficult it is to avoid stocks that benefit the "gun lobby." Here's Velshi:

And you might be funding the NRA without even knowing it -- 35 percent of U.S. stock mutual funds include investments in gun makers or gun retailers, many of whom support the NRA directly. You know my view on this, that it's the gun lobby of the United States. So if you're concerned about your 401k or other investment, you can ask your plan or financial advisor exactly where your money is going. But it still may be tough because some of these are names of companies that you will not know are tied to gun makers.

Ruhle then added: "You can also check the website, ''"

Velshi notably admitted earlier this week that he had considered boycotting Amazon because it supports NRA TV, and lamented how difficult it is for consumers to avoid businesses that benefit the gun industry.

After the commercial break ended, Ruhle introduced the segment by again recounting how many days it has been since the Parkland school shootings occurred, while noting that no federal gun control actions have yet been taken. Ruhle: "It has now been a total of 16 days since the mass shooting at a Florida high school which left 17 people dead and 14 injured."

She added that President Donald Trump had been "appearing to embrace stricter gun laws," but "there has been no action at the federal level to protect Americans from any gun violence."

Velshi then began informing viewers of a list of pro-gun groups that "are more hardline than the NRA." He added: "And I know a lot of you are going to get crazy with me calling the NRA 'hardline.' Fine, I'm happy with that."

Topping off the segment, the two brought aboard anti-gun activist Dr. Garen Wintemute of the UC Violence Prevention Research Center, who argued that guns should be considered a "public health problem."

Notably, on yesterday's show, the MSNBC duo devoted a segment to fretting over Republicans who benefit from campaign spending by the NRA.