On Monday night, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel went on a tirade about gun control during his nightly monologue. While saying that “now is the time for political debate” about gun control, he said Republicans “should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country.” He also made a number of somewhat deceptive claims parroting the left’s talking points about guns, which AWR Hawkins shot down rather easily.
To start, here’s video of Kimmel’s monologue:
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And here are his deceptive and misleading claims, as cited by Hawkins:
1. Kimmel said, “Orlando, Aurora, Newtown, San Bernardino, [in] every one of these shootings the murderer used automatic or semiautomatic rifles.”
Wrong, Hawkins said, explaining that the use of the word “automatic” is ” very misleading.”
According to Hawkins:
In all four instances the rifle used was semiautomatic, period. Pistols were also present. Moreover, Kimmel did not mention that in three of the four instances, the attackers acquired their guns via background checks. Exceptions to this would be the rifles used in San Bernardino–they were acquired via a friend–but the San Bernardino handguns were acquired via a background check. And the guns used by the Newtown attacker were stolen. He stole them from someone who passed a background check for them.
Additionally, automatic weapons have only been used in three crimes since 1934.
2. Kimmel made the classic left-wing claim that AR-15s and firearms like them “are not weapons used for self-defense.”
Wrong again, Hawkins said, recalling at least four separate instances where an AR-style weapon was successfully used for self-defense.
3. Kimmel inaccurately accused President Trump of “signing a bill that made it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns legally.”
Not so fast, Hawkins said, explaining that what Trump did was reverse Obama’s Social Security gun ban — a ban he correctly observed “was actually not directed toward people with severe mental illness but toward recipients of disability benefits who required help with finances.”
4. Kimmel said that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “won’t do anything about [the attack] because the NRA has their balls in a money clip.”
“In reality,” Hawkins said, “Breitbart News has been reporting that NRA-supported legislation revolving around concealed carry reciprocity has stalled because of Ryan.”
5. Kimmel also referenced the so-called “gun show loophole,” saying, “Right now, there are loopholes in the law that let people avoid background checks if they buy a gun privately–from another party–if they buy a gun online or at a gun show.”
But Hawkins explained there is no such loophole. He explained:
The Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 and since that point (and before), Americans have been buying guns from Americans. It is not a loophole, it is freedom. The left pushed background checks and secured them on retail sales in 1998–i.e., there have been background checks on retail sales for nearly two decades–and the left has spent the last four or five years inaccurately describing private sales as a “loophole” as a way to persuade Americans to support more gun control. Also, it must be noted that it is illegal to buy a gun online without going through a background check. If an individual from Florida wants to purchase a firearm online from a gun store in Oklahoma, that gun has to be shipped to an Oklahoma store where the buyer passes a background check before taking possession of it.
6. Kimmel showed pictures of Senators he said voted against so-called “loopholes” after the June 12, 2016, Orlando Pulse attack.
Hawkins, however, said Kimmel failed to mention that the Orlando Pulse attacker did not use these alleged “loopholes.” Instead, the shooter passed background checks and went through the prescribed waiting period to obtain his guns. Oops…
7. Finally, Kimmel claimed that Congress is now working to “legalize the sale of silencers.”
But, Hawkins said, Congress is doing no such thing, explaining that suppressors, as they are properly called, “have been legal and are legal in 42 states.”
Hawkins added: “What Congress is considering is a bill that removes the federal tax on suppressors, as well as the burdensome acquisition process to obtain one.”
Sadly, it seems that facts don’t really matter to the anti-gun left.
Kimmel was right about one thing, Hawkins wrote: There was nothing in the shooter’s past that signaled a problem. He also admitted that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock complied with all current gun laws and had “no criminal record,” meaning there was nothing to prevent him from legally obtaining a firearm.
It also means that no new law would have prevented Paddock from getting the weapons he used. As Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters during a press briefing, he didn’t know how the shooting could have been prevented.
There are, however, plenty of other questions that need to be addressed, as we noted here earlier today.
Of course, we all know the real agenda, and that’s nothing less than the complete repeal of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and the confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.
As a final note, here’s a short video of the 59 victims now being used as political pawns by the anti-gun left:
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