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CNN's Chris Cuomo faces backlash after mocking a video about a pro-gun rape survivor


"I honestly thought it was beneath Chris Cuomo to try to dunk on a rape survivor for vowing to protect herself from future attacks, but here we are."

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Wednesday afternoon, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo took issue with a recent online video posted by the National Rifle Association in which spokeswoman Kimberly Corban talks about defending her children by exercising her Second Amendment rights.

"I'm a mother of two, and if a predator or anyone else tries to harm me or my family, they have to come through my firearm first," Corban says in the video.

"Only in America," Cuomo responded in a quote Tweet.

The cable news personality might not have watched the minute-long video in its entirety, but it covers how Corban, a rape survivor, became a Second Amendment advocate following the horrific ordeal she endured while a college student. For those who aren't familiar with her story, here's a more detailed account.

"I will never be unarmed or utterly vulnerable ever again," Corban concludes.

In response to Cuomo's mocking tweet, Corban called the news anchor out by simply challenging him to talk about it.

But the pro-second amendment rape survivor was far from alone.

Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean challenged the rival network anchor to further explain what he meant to women who had actually had to defend themselves from predators.

He even got some pushback from House GOP Conference Chair Liz Chaney (R-Wyo.) who said that "in America we believe women should be able to defend themselves."

Another high-profile, Second Amendment-supporting woman, Antonia Okafor, responded with her own video.

Others simply criticized Cuomo for either willingly not knowing who Corban was before publicly mocking her testimony, or willingly mocking a rape survivor who chooses to keep her children save via the Second Amendment.

Cuomo's anti-gun politics have made headlines in the past. Last year, he was criticized for insinuating the false notion that nobody was calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment at the time. Last November, he criticized people who prayed for shooting victims but didn't call for gun control. And he recently got into a heated on-air exchange with a Republican House member over gun control policies.

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