‘The View’ partisan gun control debate shows exactly why we still have a gun problem


After Tuesday’s mass shooting in the New York City subway, debates over national gun laws and police practices naturally resurfaced. The main question remains whether tougher gun ownership laws — and more policing — are enough to reduce mass shootings. Of course, the hosts of “The View” also weigh in on the contentious discussion.

During Wednesday’s segment, the hosts struggle to agree on gun control and agree on a cohesive solution. Tensions are particularly high between co-host Sunny Hostin, whose views are more liberal, and guest co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, who proudly identifies as conservative.

Predictably, the discussion follows party lines, and it’s no surprise that women fail to find consensus on the topic. I guess they can’t solve one of the biggest problems facing Americans today.

“When you take away guns, you take away gun violence,” said guest co-host Julia Haart, who was previously chief creative officer at Italian luxury company La Perla. Haart specifically cites the UK, New Zealand and Australia as evidence of places that are largely free of such daily shootings due to crackdowns on gun availability.

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Griffin, the former White House strategic communications director for Trump, disagrees and brings up the decision to defund the police, even though it has little to do with the issue. personal possession of firearms.

“I think the solution has been there for a long time,” says Hostin. “This is common sense gun legislation. And it consistently fails because Republicans have blocked this legislation at every level.

“It’s not about defunding the police. Biden has made it clear that’s not the Democratic Party’s position,” she continued, pointing out that the New York Police Department’s current budget is $11 billion. dollars. According to the Citizens Budget Commission – a New York-based nonprofit – more than $10 billion is projected in annual spending for the city’s police force in fiscal year 2022.

Hostin notes that it is now legal in Georgia to carry a concealed firearm without a license, thanks to a recent bill signed into law by state Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday. She also points out that there is higher gun violence in Republican-run states and cities, a claim Griffin isn’t too thrilled to hear.

“Overall, the top 10 cities with the highest violent crimes are all run by Democrats,” Griffin counters. She recognizes, however, that crimes committed with firearms are a different case.

When Joy Behar points out that people could smuggle illegal guns into states with tougher gun measures, Griffin acknowledges that’s a possibility.

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“Okay, so what does this have to do with Democrats? Behar asks.

Griffin points out that poverty is a major driver of violent crime. However, she is unable to state explicitly how the GOP has combated the problem and instead resorts to blaming President Joe Biden for the current dire state of the economy.

“It suffered a lot under your boss,” Hostin retorts, referring to the terrible economic situation – which was plagued by high unemployment rates – under the Trump administration.

“When you see an increase in violent crime in cities, people want to arm themselves,” Griffin says. “There’s a reason we have a Second Amendment.”

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Later, Hostin asks Griffin if she agrees that not everyone needs to be in possession of assault type weapons, like an AR-15, even if they are avid hunters or use firearms. recreational fire. Griffin partially agrees and adds that guns are often “distorted” because they “just look scary.”

“It’s as clear as the nose on your face that Republicans have been scamming us for years saying it’s the Democrats when they’re the ones supporting the NRA,” Behar said.

Watch the full discussion below, via YouTube:

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