TheBlaze’s Will Cain appeared on CNN Monday morning to discuss the recent tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, where a crazed 20-year-old shot 20 children and 6 adults. And in arguing that while everyone debates gun control, there are other factors at play that need to be evaluated (especially the shooter’s mental health), Cain riled up CNN’s Don Lemon — enough so that Lemon issued quite gun diatribe.
I think that our focus on guns, it’s just, it’s too narrow. It doesn’t stand up to critical thought. Here’s the deal…gun violence [is] down from a peak in the 1990’s, and yet these mass killings are up. Six of the deadliest 12 have happened since 2007, and so if guns are somewhat constant, what is the determining factor? What has changed?
And we must figure out a way to address mental health, analyze mental health– something has changed in our country in the last 40 years…this process of de-institutionalizing mental health, or the rise in psychotropic drugs. This seems to be the only thing that I can pinpoint now that is the delineating factor, and that’s what we must focus [on].
From there, CNN’s Don Lemon reported live from Newtown, Connecticut. In his opinion, mental health is only a “secondary” issue, while the main focus needs to be banning certain types of guns.
Lemon argued (transcript via Newsbusters):
Who needs an armor-piercing bullet to go hunting? Who needs an assault rifle to go hunting? You can’t even use the prey that you kill with an assault rifle if you indeed do it. No one needs an assault rifle to go out and shoot a deer. No one needs an assault rifle that’s capable of shooting 10, 20, 30 rounds off at the same time to shoot a duck, or to shoot quail. It does not make sense.
Our first – the first thing that we need to do – and according to everyone that is here, even gun enthusiasts, is talk about what we’re doing with assault rifles, why should guns that should only be available in war zones, why are they available to people who are mentally healthy and people who are not mentally healthy. That’s the issue that we need to deal with.
To say that gun violence is down, Lemon continued, “is insulting to everyone who lost a loved one here and is dealing with that.”
“Guns, bullets, and automatic weapons” should only be available to those who “hunt al-Qaeda and the Taliban,” and not “elementary school children.”
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