Within the aftermath of Democratic Senator Chris Murphy accusing Republicans of hypocrisy over being “pro-life” in response to the college capturing in Michigan, a number of MSNBC hosts seized on the speech and used it to hawk anti-gun misinformation. In primetime, Chris Hayes and Pleasure Reid even had the Connecticut Senator on as a visitor.
And, although the present crime wave started in Might 2020 because the liberal media and BLM activists tried to undermine confidence within the nation’s law enforcement officials, Murphy tried responsible the crime wave on a rise in gun gross sales and even on President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, as Reid had Senator Murphy on The ReidOut, she engaged in her typical trash discuss Republicans, claiming that they need the best to cough on individuals and make them sick, and to have weapons to “shoot up” locations:
…it strikes me that Republicans are prepared to go to the wall for some issues. Their proper to have as many weapons as you need, and you may shoot up wherever you need, try this. The precise to cough on as many individuals as you need with COVID and get as many individuals sick as you need with COVID, and your youngsters get as many individuals sick as they need.
After Murphy repeated his claims that Republicans don’t care about saving individuals’s lives, Reid declared:
I’ve began calling them simply the “Get’em born after which it is your downside” celebration as a result of, proper, they’re very a lot desirous about beginning, however they aren’t desirous about life, that means educating kids, offering well being look after our residents, stopping individuals from dying from gun violence… They do not care about holding individuals alive.
On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough additionally picked up on Senator Murphy’s anti-Republican speech, and, although the gun used within the Michigan capturing was a handgun (as are most gun-related crimes) just lately purchased by his father after a background verify, the MSNBC host repeated requires extra background checks and restrictions on AR-15s, and repeated discredited polling claiming gun management is in style with the general public.
And, whereas Scarborough made a giant deal about requiring background checks for gun purchases between people, research have discovered that the overwhelming majority of weapons utilized by criminals had been acquired below circumstances which might be already unlawful, like theft or straw purchases.
No acknowledgement was made that gun gross sales from gun sellers already require background checks, as Al Sharpton, showing as a visitor, claimed that an AR-15 may be purchased with no background verify.
Mika Brzezinski took a parting shot at Republicans as she wrapped up the section:
The nervousness that our youngsters, that this technology is rising up with, is meaningless. And Republicans, they type of personal it. I imply, I do not know what else they need to personal at this level. This whole 40-minute block of tv has been concerning the hazard the Republican celebration is placing on the American public. And they’ll do nothing at this level, and they’re going to say nothing. It is received to cease.
CHRIS HAYES: It’s an American downside. Shootings like this occur if not continuously, at the very least recurrently, extra recurrently than they need to throughout the nation, which is why Senator Chris Murphy whose residence state of Connecticut was the positioning of the horrific Sandy Hook capturing in 2012, took to the Senate ground tonight visibly offended.
SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY (D_CT): Don’t lecture us concerning the sanctity, the significance of life when 100 individuals each single day are shedding their lives to weapons…That is purposeful. This can be a alternative by america Senate to take a seat on our fingers and do nothing whereas youngsters die.
HAYES: It occurs throughout the nation, day in and time out of tons of of individuals being shot by weapons. And it occurs at a degree that it does not occur wherever else, as you stated, in rich democracies.
SENATOR MURPHY: And it is taking place at a fee, Chris, proper now that we’ve not seen in a long time — 2020 was the deadliest yr in our lifetimes. We noticed a 40 p.c enhance in gun murders, which was not coincidental to a 25 p.c enhance in gun gross sales. So we’re flooding the market with firearms that we select to not regulate in a means that each different excessive earnings nation does.
We now have a Republican celebration, as we talked about earlier within the present, that’s engaged within the celebration and fetishization of violence, and we’ve a President, our prior President, who spent 4 years kind of making us afraid of one another, making us assume we’ve to arm ourselves with a view to shield ourselves from the opposite. It is a poisonous mixture that has led to the very best charges of gun violence in our lifetime.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: You had a senator from Connecticut give a really stirring speech, Willie,concerning the tradition of life. And the very individuals which might be working round self-righteously beating their chests, speaking about supporting pro-life points are the very individuals who, after all, will not do what 90 p.c of Individuals need and get common background checks, will not make it more durable for people who find themselves mentally unfit to have weapons, harmful weapons, to have weapons and go shoot up colleges and synagogues and church buildings and nation music concert events. They’re beholden to particular pursuits in Washington, D.C., not beholden to life.
Virtually 90 p.c of Individuals assist expansive background checks. Common background checks. Background checks that may go so far as we have to go to ensure that the people who find themselves shopping for weapons are law-abiding residents.
I believe a lot part of this comes all the way down to fundamental gun security. If the NRA hadn’t stopped, like, doing their job and preaching gun security like they did again within the ’50s and ’60s, and as a substitute simply grow to be a loopy lobbying outfit…
AL SHARPTON: It is attention-grabbing to me, the hypocrisy. You don’t need background checks on individuals carrying weapons that would kill individuals, however you need all type of voter ID for individuals to vote. I imply, it does not make sense. You want all of this identification to vote, however you do not want identification to purchase an AR-15. I imply, give me a break.
SCARBOROUGH: Whenever you return to the hypocrisy, individuals claiming to be the pro-life celebration are the identical individuals which might be for no gun security, in opposition to any gun security by any means, in opposition to common background checks to guard our youngsters.
The query that I’ve had since Newtown is: Who could possibly be in opposition to common background checks? Who in good religion could possibly be in opposition to common checks? Virtually 9 out of 10 Individuals assist that?
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: The nervousness that our youngsters, that this technology is rising up with, is meaningless. And Republicans, they type of personal it. I imply, I do not know what else they need to personal at this level. This whole 40-minute block of tv has been concerning the hazard the Republican celebration is placing on the American public. And they’ll do nothing at this level, and they’re going to say nothing. It is received to cease.
JOY REID: We’re listening to close to whole silence from Republicans on one other epidemic plaguing our nation, lethal gun violence in our colleges. Sadly, a fourth scholar has now died after a 15-year-old opened hearth in a Michigan highschool yesterday. It was the twenty eighth faculty capturing this yr. Becoming a member of me now could be Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
You understand, and, Senator, it strikes me that Republicans are prepared to go to the wall for some issues. Their proper to have as many weapons as you need, and you may shoot up wherever you need, try this. The precise to cough on as many individuals as you need with COVID and get as many individuals sick as you need with COVID, and your youngsters get as many individuals sick as they need. However they need to shut the federal government down as a result of Joe Biden would really like individuals to not die of COVID. Your ideas on all of that?
SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY (D-CT): Yeah, it is fairly unimaginable. I imply, the shortage of concern for all times by Republicans given their cavalier perspective concerning the 700,000 Individuals who’ve died, given their, you understand, full uncaring perspective concerning the 100 individuals killed each single day who die from gun violence. I imply, that is, you understand, actually unimaginable to see how far Republicans are prepared to go with a view to permit COVID to win, how callous they’re prepared to be to the households in Michigan proper now who’re coping with an incalculable quantity of grief.
And so, you understand, it truly is fairly unreal to hearken to Republicans discuss their concern for the sanctity of life as this abortion case comes earlier than america Supreme Courtroom as a result of, relating to the lives we are attempting to save lots of from a pandemic and gun violence, they’re nowhere to be discovered.
REID: Yeah, I imply, I’ve began calling them simply the “Get’em born after which it is your downside” celebration as a result of, proper, they’re very a lot desirous about beginning, however they aren’t desirous about life, that means educating kids, offering well being look after our residents, stopping individuals from dying from gun violence, stopping youngsters from not having to do faculty capturing drills, proper, and know reply once they assume there is a mass shooter, They do not care about holding individuals alive. It’s one thing.