CNN’s Jim Acosta confronted a National Rifle Association board member over a spate of horrific recent mass shootings and the group’s resistance to allowing legislative change that would prevent them.
“For years, your group has blocked latest gun safety laws and pushed for probably the most relaxed rules on firearms,” Acosta opened the interview with Kansas Republican Judge Phillip Journey. “Isn’t a few of this blood on the NRA’s hands?”
Journey told Acosta “I don’t imagine the supposition of your query is accurate,” and argued that the NRA and he as a former Kansas state senator had “worked to tighten the laws.”
Acosta interrupted, advising that he was cutting him off because he was “saying things that just aren’t true.”
“The NRA for years, for a long time, has pushed for probably the most relaxed rules possible on this country and that’s why we’ve got mass shooting after mass shooting,” he said. “Please if you happen to could answer the query that I asked you at first of the interview. Isn’t this blood in your hands?”
Journey replied: “I’m not the one which pulled the trigger and neither are the members of the National Rifle Association.”
He cited the shooter who killed ten people at a food market in Buffalo, Latest York, earlier this month, for instance, noting that the “alarms were going off” that the shooter was a danger to himself or others, but “no one did anything.”
Acosta used those self same facts to argue in favor of tighter laws.
“Well, if he’s a troubled young man, should he find a way to exit and buy an AR-15 assault rifle … which is what happened in Buffalo,” he said.
Acosta then pressed the NRA board member to elucidate why the organization decided to not cancel its annual convention in Houston, Texas, days after 19 children and two teachers were massacred by a gunman in Uvalde, just just a few hours away.
“How is any of this in any respect appropriate?” he asked, noting that there was a “celebratory atmosphere” on the event and former President Donald Trump was seen dancing on stage after his speech.
“He was not. I used to be there. He was not dancing,” Journey said of Trump.
Trump did dance. It was on video. It got here at the top of a lengthy speech that included a tribute to the dead children in Uvalde, whose names Trump mispronounced.
Journey appeared to miss the purpose, arguing that Acosta was only “telling a part of the story” because Trump did a “very memorable memorial for the victims” initially of the speech and made “did make comments that were very appropriate.”
Even after the Uvalde shooting, the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, most elected Republicans have refused guilty guns and lax gun laws on the US’ astronomically high variety of mass shootings in comparison with its peers.
Many lots of of individuals gathered outside the Houston NRA convention over the weekend to protest and call for gun law reform.
Watch the remainder of the interview on CNN.