Senator John McCain (R-AZ) died leaving a huge hole in the Senate’s honor, compassion, common sense. As a son and a grandson of Naval admirals, he followed the family legacy and became a pilot. The North Vietnamese shot him down, and he suffered terrible torture at their hands. Did daughter Meghan McCain follow in the footsteps of a man she so clearly adored?
ABC’s The View just returned for its 23rd season. Co-host McCain defended her conservative views against her more liberal co-hosts’ ideas. The topic was the west Texas mass shooter. The man had failed a federal background check, yet went to a gun-show and stepped through a major loophole to buy the weapon that killed seven people and wounded 23 others. The AR-type guns’ wounds have never been pretty.
Abby Huntsman started the conversation beginning with the Republican-dominated Senate refusing to take up any gun control legislation, The Daily Beast reported:
‘If nothing is going to happen after Sandy Hook, I don’t know what it’s going to take.’
McCain called herself:
‘…the chick on the panel that spent most of her break shooting. I will say this is a ground-level issue for me. If you’re going to be a gun-grabber, you don’t get my vote, period. We got to have a different conversation.’
Joy Behar noted that the Bill Clinton administration passed an assault-weapons ban, which Congress let lapse. McCain inserted:
‘The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far. I was just in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.’
Behar returned McCain’s volley:
‘But they lived without them for many years during the ban.’
McCain shot back:
‘I’m not living without guns. It’s just that simple!’
Huntsman wondered if McCain could live in a country where:
‘…you could “walk in a mall and not be nervous that someone is going to pull out a shotgun.’
McCain said that she could protect herself, and her guns were not for sale:
‘I have guns at my house. All right, welcome back.’
In an earlier season, Behar note:
‘Love is good, but you need laws. You need a lot of laws,” responded Behar. “The fact that some of these crazies all have guns is … they’re not about love and understanding anymore, it’s about laws. Change the laws, you change the behavior.’
McCain took it from there:
‘I didn’t think we were going to have a conversation about AR-15s, but I’m happy to. I wanted to talk about tolerance. I want to start with one thing, Bill Clinton says there’s nothing wrong with America that can’t be fixed with America and I think people on the left have to take some culpability.’
‘We should hold everyone accountable, not just people on the right, which I do agree Trump has a lot of things to answer for, starting with having Steve Bannon work in the White House.
‘If you want to have a conversation about guns, I’m happy to, but when you say things like that, AR-15s, I am a legal gun owner and gun laws don’t have any impact with people who legally go and buy and use guns in a safe way. As a gun owner and NRA member, we’re demonized to such a degree.’
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