Las Vegas Shooting
Responding to the recent Las Vegas concert shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, President Trump described the act as one "of pure evil." One definition of "evil" sounds so inadequate in today's culture: "morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds, an evil life."
Sunday morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd ended the first half hour by discussing gun control with his guests, in the wake of last week’s massacre in Las Vegas.The MTP panel was aghast at the “new normal” of gun violence, with one panelist suggesting the answer was to confiscate guns from citizens altogether.
Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president and the CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday for an exclusive interview with host John Dickerson. While there, he felt for the Las Vegas victims, defended the Second Amendment and his organization, and called out those in the media (Hollywood in particular) who got rich off of glorifying gun violence and “irresponsible use of firearms.”
While the adults were investigating the motives of the man responsible for the Las Vegas mass shooting, and others were discussing new regulations of bump stocks, the man-children at NBC’s Saturday Night Live were attacking all gun owners for the acts of one man. “The investigation into the tragedy in Las Vegas this week has sparked a larger debate in America between people who want common sense gun control and people who are wrong,” announced fake newsman Colin Jost, setting the tone for the bit.
In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, much of the political world’s attention was trained on the rifle accessory known as a bump stock. The Las Vegas shooter had 12 rifles fitted with the device which allowed him to shoot his weapons as though they were full auto. Even the NRA had called for greater regulation of the devices. But many in the liberal media, as demonstrated by CNN’s Inside Politics panel on Sunday, questioned if it meant anything and whined that gun control wasn’t advancing fast enough.
On Friday's Real Time on HBO, liberal host Bill Maher was again hitting the issue of race from the left as he promoted claims that the purpose of the Second Amendment was to help keep the slave population under control, rather than to give the population a right to self-defense.
Appearing as a panel member on Saturday's AM Joy, frequent MSNBC guest Kurt Bardella was again using his history of involvement in Republican politics to bolster the views of liberals on the show -- this time during a discussion of gun control. Bardella -- a former spokesperson for Breitbart News who has made a name for himself bashing his former business client -- talked up the possibility that country music celebrities could get more gun control passed in Congress if they were to publicly move to the left on the issue.
One of the strongest reactions to the killing of 59 people and the wounding of more than 500 others attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in the Las Vegas strip on Sunday by gunman Stephen Paddock came from singer-actress Nancy Sinatra, who posted several harsh posts on the Twitter website casting much of the blame on members of the National Rifle Association.
On Thursday’s Hardball, the MSNBC panel showcased how the left will never be interested in compromise on gun control and will move the goal posts toward gun confiscation, all the while pushing fake news about Second Amendment advocates. As usual, host Chris Matthews was at the center of it all, falsely smearing Republicans as “a fanatic party on guns” who believe “[i]t’s a God-given, sort of theological right” for anyone to own “any kind of gun they want, any — a bazooka, a tank.”
On Friday's New Day CNN, it was demonstrated that, even when Republicans and the NRA seem to be finding agreement with liberals on a possible new gun restriction, it's a case of no good deed goes unpunished as CNN's Chris Cuomo responded by accusing the NRA of "hypocrisy," and by seeing "craven political BS" from some Republicans. And, in a graphic visible in the background during parts of the discussion, CNN even provocatively displayed an image of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre alongside an image of Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock with the words "BANNING BUMP STOCKS" in between them.
ABC’s newest entertainer turned activist isn’t backing down, after intense criticism for his recent turns at blaming the right for people dying in a shooting massacre and overturning ObamaCare. Jimmy Kimmel is now actively seeking out media coverage of his left-wing activism, outside of what he does on his late night comedy show.
The mass murder in Las Vegas is invariably leading to laments about the lack of congressional action on gun control at the New York Times. Reporter Mark Landler traveled with the president to Las Vegas for “Trump to a Grieving City: ‘This Is a Rough Time,’” in Thursday’s edition. And an earlier story gave away the slant in the headline: “Conversation Turns to Guns, Then Republicans Change the Subject.” Landler’s last paragraphs devolved into non-journalistic sentiment rebuking the Republican-held Congress for failing to enact the Times preferred strict gun-control laws, while praising President Obama’s care and weeping.