Source: Daily Wire
As is expected, disgraced CNN is grasping for political straws in the wake the shootings in El Paso and Dayton as they attempt to blame something, ANYTHING, on President Trump.
From the Daily Wire:
On Monday, CNN seemingly attempted to paint President Donald Trump as culpable for tragic mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Anchors Poppy Harlow and John Avlon claimed on-air that the president eliminated a proposed Obama-era regulation that would keep firearms out of the hands of the “mentally ill.”
The proposed rule, however, was seriously broad, undermining the Second and Fourth Amendment rights of tens of thousands of Americans in constitutionally dubious fashion. The restrictions were based merely upon the fact that those on the list had received assistance in managing their Social Security disability payments. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has become increasingly partisan over the years, vehemently opposed the regulation.
What on earthy were they thinking? Did they think that their audience was so infantile that they couldn’t do a quick google search to look into the facts? Of course Trump isn’t trying to put guns in the hands of the mentally ill!
So what is the real reason behind removing the legislation?
Well, it’s not too hard to look up the American Civil Liberties Union on the internet to see exactly why they agreed with the President in this matter, and you should, too.
From the ACLU:
This month, Congress repealed a rule that would have registered thousands of Social Security recipients with mental disabilities, who have others manage their benefits, into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to prevent them from owning firearms.
The American Civil Liberties Union does not oppose gun control laws. As an organization dedicated to defending all constitutional rights, we believe the Second Amendment allows reasonable restrictions to promote public safety.
But gun control laws, like any law, should be fair, effective and not based on prejudice or stereotype. This rule met none of those criteria.
In this era of “alternative facts,” we must urge politicians to create laws based on reliable evidence and solid data.
The thousands of Americans whose disability benefits are managed by someone else range from young people with depression and financial inexperience to older adults with Down syndrome needing help with a limited budget. But no data — none — show that these individuals have a propensity for violence in general or gun violence in particular.
To the contrary, studies show that people with mental disabilities are less likely to commit firearm crimes than to be the victims of violence by others.
So this legislation would actually discriminate against people, regardless of whether they were a threat or not?
I never thought I’d say this, but thank you, ACLU, for defending American’s liberties in this matter. You actually made a good point, unlike raving CNN panelist John Avlon who said the following:
Well, mental health may be part of it, video games may be part of it, but there are countries around the world that have mental health issues and video games but they don’t have the kind of mass murder that we see here in the United States because of gun violence.
Because the last time I checked, most other countries were even smaller than our states.
Take England, for example, which is roughly the size of Alabama.
How many mass shootings have happened there? Do you actually think you can compare the US with other countries across the board?
His sentiments were ludicrous, so is it that surprising that others are jumping on the exact same idea?
It appears as though failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has loosely plagiarized John Avlon’s sentiments when she tweeted the following:
Even if it’s a bogus line of reasoning, I’m sure John Avlon stands by it, and apparently Hillary does too. Maybe if she came up with her own ideas she would have been more of a contender in 2016?