The United States continues to suffer under the cloud of the kind of gun violence that rocked a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, last weekend where 22 people were killed by a white supremacist. That shooting is not alone, with thousands killed by gun violence in the U.S. just this year, and as the nation mourns and grapples with the issue, one CNN host used her platform in recent days to make a dramatic stand against the pro-gun lobby. That side is represented no doubt most prominently by the National Rifle Association (NRA), and during a broadcast this past weekend, CNN’s S.E. Cupp — who’s generally conservative — announced in an eventually emotional explanation that she’d left the organization because “being right no longer felt righteous.”
No matter her own conservative lean, she asserted:
‘I am so sick and tired of participating in this predictable cycle of politics, where a mass shooting happens, the left calls for new gun laws ― some meaningful, some unproductive ― the right yells ‘slippery slope’ and hides behind the Constitution. Nothing happens, nothing changes. And with the next mass shooting, we do it all over again.’
At one point, she got visibly emotional, sharing:
‘I know, I will be accused of letting my emotions get in the way of facts here. I’ve made that accusation before. But this is an emotional issue. How could it not be? In fact, it should be more emotional.. Let’s start with emotion. There’s a lot we can accomplish if we start as humans, not NRA lobbyists or gun control lobbyists. Not special interest groups or politicians but as humans.’
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One of the proposals she singled out for support included universal background checks before gun purchases, which has been the so far only substantive step that Republicans at the national level like President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have even brought up for discussion. The Democratic-majority House has already passed a measure demanding those checks, but the Republican majority under McConnell’s leadership in the Senate has — yet again — failed to act.
Cupp also spoke in support of ideas like banning large drums of ammunition and keeping white supremacists and domestic abusers from having a free ride for legal access to guns — which could be handled by those background checks the Senate may or may not ever get around to passing, no matter the fact that they’re supported by a majority of Americans in both political parties.
For Cupp personally, her comments this past weekend represent a somewhat dramatic shift. Just last year, after the February mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she complained that “when it comes to guns, news anchors take off their journalist hats and put on their activist hats.”
She is one of the few prominent conservatives to make any kind of shift. Confronted after the El Paso shooting with the question of whether he had any “regret” for using the exact same lie-riddled rhetoric about a supposed immigrant “invasion” that the shooter used, Trump indicated that he did not and recommitted himself to it instead.
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