The hosts of ABC’s The View can always be relied on for the best, most thoughtful reactions to current events, and they recently aimed their collective brainpower at the recent mass murders in Atlanta and Boulder.
Former CNN analyst Sunny Hostin told the audience that Americans must stop equating “freedom” with “the unfettered right to own assault rifles.”
“That is not freedom because I feel like a hostage right now,” she said. “I feel like a hostage to the selfish people who insist on owning these type of weapons… You are not a patriot because you think you have the right to own these type of weapons. You are not a patriot. You should be taking care of your fellow Americans.”
No analysis on The View would be complete without a few misrepresentations and outright lies, and Hostin’s was no exception.
The right to own “assault rifles,” for example, is far from “unfettered” (much to the chagrin of gun-rights advocates). Americans are prohibited from owning firearms (including any kind of rifle) if they
- are convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
- are a fugitive from justice;
- are an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;
- have been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
- are an illegal alien;
- have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
- have renounced his or her United States citizenship,
- are subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner,
- have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Hostin goes on to claim that the Boulder massacre was the seventh such massacre in “the last week alone.” If this strikes you as unlikely, well, you’re right!
According to an anti-gun outlet called The New York Times (you may have heard of it), there have 29 massacres with four or more fatalities in the last five years. This year, there have been a grand total of two, both of which occurred this month.
It’s unclear where Hostin is getting her statistics, but the former lawyer should probably have a word with her producers.
Hostin concludes by recommending, “It is time to start talking, right now, about gun control.”
The View host may be unaware of the history of gun control in this country, but its roots date back to the 1800s, and it was used to keep black Americans from owning firearms. It continued with the National Firearms Act of 1934, the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Gun Owners Protection Act of 1986, and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1994.
By my count, we’ve been talking about gun control for at least 150 years, and it seems like we haven’t talked about anything else for the last 10.
Check out the video below to listen to Hostin’s statement (along with comments from the other brilliant hosts!) for yourself.
TEN KILLED IN COLORADO SHOOTING: After a gunman opened fire at a grocery store where residents gathered to shop and receive COVID-19 vaccines in Boulder, Colorado Monday, the co-hosts react and question if Americas will push for stricter gun laws. https://t.co/g3yOiicJiX pic.twitter.com/YbXXWMsbbV— The View (@TheView) March 23, 2021