Video of the Day: CNN suggests Virginia gun rights supporters could cause violence like Charlottesville

It seems that to CNN, if you’re in Virginia and you support the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, you’re in the same camp as neo-Nazis and white supremacists for wanting to publicly organize to voice your displeasure with a radical left-wing gun control agenda.

On Wednesday, Newsbusters‘ Curtis Houck reported that Wednesday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom “ended with host Brooke Baldwin and correspondent Jason Carroll serving as chief fear mongerers on behalf of ‘Governor Blackface’ Ralph Northam (D-VA), parroting fears that Monday’s Lobby Day in support of the Second Amendment could bring violence a la Charlottesville.”

Here’s the video:

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Houck posted a transcript of the segment:

CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin
January 15, 2020
3:44 p.m. Eastern [TEASE] [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Breaking News; Threats for Gun Rights Rally Similar to Charlottesville in 2017; Virginia Governor declares “emergency” firearms ban at state capitol for rally]

BROOKE BALDWIN: Just in to CNN, the governor of Virginia just declared a temporary state of emergency at the state house ahead of a massive gun rally citing threats similar to the ones in Charlottesville. We have those details ahead.


3:52 p.m. Eastern [TEASE] [ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Breaking News; Threats for Gun Rights Rally Similar to Charlottesville in 2017; Virginia Governor declares “emergency” firearms ban at state capitol for rally]

BALDWIN: Just into CNN, moments ago, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a temporary emergency, banning all guns and other weapons at the state capitol. A live report is next.


3:57 p.m. Eastern

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Breaking News; Threats for Gun Rights Rally Similar to Charlottesville in 2017; Virginia Governor declares “emergency” firearms ban at state capitol for rally]

BALDWIN: Some breaking news. This massive guns right rally coming to the statehouse has ignited a temporary state of emergency. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam just announced a temporary ban on firearms on the grounds of the state capitol. Jason Carroll is our CNN national correspondent and so this is all about MLK Day and this rally at the state house.

JASON CARROLL: Right and you remember they had already banned guns inside the Capitol. That just happened as well. But look, the governor is saying that this is based on what he called credible serious threats coming from, in many cases, from the hate groups from outside of the state, coming from militia groups. He also says what these groups were planning to do or according to this intelligence was to disrupt this gun rights rally that’s going to taking place on Monday. So what did he do? As a result, he is declaring a it is the of emergency, goes into effect Friday. It’ll end on Tuesday. He says not only does it include guns, but he says that it is also going to includes sticks as well as chains and he basically laid this all out in a press briefing that just wrapped up just a little while ago.

GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM (D-VA): What we have seen and heard in recent weeks has the potential to go far beyond the constitutionally protected rights. We are seeing threats of violence. We are seeing threats of armed confrontation and assault on our Capitol.

CARROLL: So again, this temporary ban, Brooke, goes into a place — goes into place on Friday evening. It will end on Tuesday evening. The governor is also asking for all nonessential personnel to stay home. He wants this to be as safe as possible, and look, all of this is in the backdrop of what happened back in, you know, Charlottesville back in 2017. You remember that Unite the Right rally. A lot of the protesters who showed up there were armed. You remember law enforcement was, in some ways, criticized for their response. You remember a young woman died when a

BALDWIN: Heather Heyer.

CARROLL: — white supremacist ran over her with a car. They don’t want to see a repeat of any violence and so what they’re trying to do is trying to get ahead of this by enacting this temporary ban. Of course, this temporary ban is also upsetting a number of gun rights advocates


CARROLL: — who feel as though they are being punished there in the state by this Democratically-controlled statehouse and so — but again, the governor is saying that we are dealing with credible threats here, and this is the best response.

BADLWIN; Okay, this is all for Monday, MLK Day and this big rally. Alright, I’m sure we will be covering it there in Richmond. Jason, thank you very much.

This.  Is. CNN.


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