S.E. Cupp Battles Martin Bashir Over Guns in Unscripted Exchange

S.E. Cupp

As The Blaze TV’s S.E. Cupp was wrapping up Tuesday’s edition “The Cycle,” MSNBC host Martin Bashir couldn’t help but antagonize Cupp over gun control during the live “toss” into his show.

During her “Per S.E” segment, Cupp urged anti-gun advocates to stop trying to “scare and confuse the public to advance a political agenda.”

On that note, Cupp, a responsible gun owner herself, went over some of the most misused terms in the gun debate, including “rapid fire,” “assault weapons,” and “high capacity ammunition.”

“So lets forgo the arbitrary, ambiguous fear mongering terms and get real specific about what we actually mean by gun control,” she said. “It may be politically effective to rail against ‘rapid fire, high capacity assault weapons,’ but it doesn’t actually mean anything. So if we are serious about solving gun crime, we should at least start by getting the terms right.”

“Martin, it’s all yours,” Cupp concluded. It should have been a clear transition from “The Cycle” to “Martin Bashir Live” — but Bashir just couldn’t help himself.


“Just a quick question,” Bashir said with a moderately mocking tone. “How many rounds did Jared Loughner fire off before he was tackled?”

“What’s your point, Martin?” a visibly and audibly annoyed Cupp replied.

“How many rounds had he fired off?” Bashir asked again.

“I’m not sure. I don’t remember,” she answered.

“Thirty one,” Bashir shot back. “He was actually tackled because he was reloading.” Loughner reportedly used a 30-round extended magazine in the Tucson shooting.

Frustrated with her colleague’s antagonistic behavior, Cupp argued that “we should be trying to stop crazy people and criminals…from shooting one person.”

Watch the interaction via MSNBC below (exchange begins at around 3:10):

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(H/T: Tommy Christopher, Mediaite)


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