CNN Reporter Asks Defense Spokesman: Can Pentagon Really 'Stay Out of the Gun Debate'?

Jack Heretik at the Washington Free Beacon reports that CNN is so desperate to push for gun control in every forum that on Thursday, Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr pestered Defense Department spokemsan Dana White about how it must be fairly close to impossible for the military brass to "stay out of the gun debate" in America. 

"The Pentagon has always stayed out of the civilian gun debate, but given the emotion in the country, the president's involvement in it, the fact that three Junior ROTC young people were victims, and it does involve recruiting young people into the military, can the Pentagon really continue to stay out of the gun debate in this country, realistically?" Starr asked.

White denied it, saying  those are issues for political leaders," White said. "Those are issues for local government, those are issues for our Congress and for our president." 

That wasn't enough for Starr. "Again, there is a sense that this is a subject right now that has grabbed the national conversation. I'm not sure anybody would dispute that, and young people who might want to be recruited, might want to consider the military, certainly are watching this," the CNN reporter argued. "We have seen Junior ROTC people in this situation. No one is suggesting that the Pentagon would have the solutions, but do you stay out of the national conversation given the fact that the U.S. military most certainly involves the young people of this country?" White again denied they'd have any role.

Tom Knighton at Bearing Arms thought it was an odd question, if one could guess where the soldiers would land on gun rights: "I don’t think Starr would like the results. After all, the military isn’t really known as being a haven for gun-grabbing liberals hellbent on destroying the Second Amendment. In fact, my experience is that almost everyone who has seen combat tends to land on the pro-Second Amendment side of things."


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