Camerota Cites Debunked Poll on Universal Background Checks

January 9th, 2019 6:14 AM

On Tuesday's New Day show, CNN host Alisyn Camerota gave Parkland gun control activists David Hogg and Jaclyn Corin a forum to promote their agenda as she also repeated discredited polling which claims 97 percent of Americans want a "universal background check" law that would be applied to all gun purchases.



Introducing the segment at 7:44 a.m., Camerota recalled that it was the eighth anniversary of the shooting attack on former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, and that Democrats in Congress will be bringing up a "unversal background checks" bill as some of the Parkland student activists will be visiting the Capitol to help push the measure.

A couple of minutes into her interview with Hogg and Corin, the CNN host fretted:

I mean, here is the crazy part. There are so many crazy parts about the spate of school shootings that we've seen in this country and mass shootings, but, as you both point out in an op ed, 97 percent of the public says that support these expanded background checks and closing these loopholes.

But, as previously documented by NewsBusters, when three Democratic-leaning states held ballot initiatives on universal background checks, they received nowhere close to 97 percent of the vote. Additionally, other polling has suggested that, when respondents are given more information about current gun laws that already make it illegal to supply weapons to felons and requires background checks for most gun purchases, support for new background checks plummets.

Camerota also went soft on her liberal guests as Hogg engaged in more NRA-bashing, complaining about the pro-gun groups influence on politicians and efforts to stop laws that he belives would have saved lives.