As CNN explores every possible reason in the book for disarming law-abiding, decent Americans, even as we continue to learn about more law enforcement failures leading up to the heinous Parkland shooting, it is inevitable that the race issue would come up.
President Trump stated in the aftermath that his administration was seriously considering arming teachers in the classroom. This has caused significant backlash among liberal journalists and educators across the nation.
So, enter CNN with another reason why we can’t add educators: They’re inherently racist.
That’s according to CNN contributor Van Jones, who appeared Thursday with host Don Lemon and contributor Ken Cuccinelli to debate gun control and the prospect of arming willing educators in classrooms to defend America’s schoolchildren.
“No, you’ve spoken a long time. ” Lemon said dismissively. “The SRO had a gun and didn’t use it. To add more guns to an environment — we keep saying the problem is mental issues, the problem is this, the problem is that. In every study, the only reason this happens is because we have so many guns in this country, too much access to guns.”
“Every single country, other than the United States, does not have this problem,” Lemon said, one-hundred-percent factually wrong, “and the only reason, and we should be honest about it, is that we have too much access to guns. Not that guns need to be confiscated or we need to get rid of them, but it’s too much access to guns. If this person did not have an access to a gun, this would not have happened, bottom line.”
“In Washington, D.C. you have some of the most restrictive gun laws in America,” Cuccinelli responded, attempting to inject reason into the conversation, “and it’s certainly a land of peace and harmony. All the people doing the killing are illegally obtaining the guns. The notion that’s going to happen isn’t the solution and you brush aside the idea that other responsible people who have shown a commitment to these children might be willing to undertake that responsibility.”
“Most of the people who have guns are responsible and use them responsibly,” Lemon said. “That is not the issue and you’re conflating two different issues. That’s not the issue. But, do you need a military grade weapon on the streets of the United States [note: an AR-15 is not] , anyone who is not a police officer or who is trained or licensed to use it? No, we don’t need that. Why do we need to have that silly argument and pretend that it’s anything other than our access to guns?”
“If it’s a silly argument, then it’s not an argument at all,” Cuccinelli added.
“Ken makes a good point in talking about, let’s have an open mind and let’s have a full conversation,” Van said.
“An open mind, though, Van, doesn’t mean being stupid. Let’s be honest,” Lemon added.
“I’m trying to go somewhere with that,” Van Jones said. “Let me try to lay out what I think the concern is with the idea that we would be adding guns to that environment. Ken, you’re pointing out the positives. The positives are maybe someone would use that gun to stop an intruder.”
“There are some real negatives as well,” Jones continued. “African-American and Latino kids already get treated fairly badly in schools as it is. They’re more likely to see as a threat, more likely to be suspended for the exact same behavior. Videotape. Exact same thing. This kid is a threat, this kid is a class clown if he’s white.”
“Now you have African-Americans coming out saying, ‘if you just start passing out guns in schools as they are given some of the bias that’s there, you might end up having those guns used against students in ways that are not good’,” Jones argued.
Let’s recap that: If we arm teachers in our schools, they might turn them against minority schoolchildren, because teachers may be racists. CNN, everyone, showing that you can literally bring race into every conversation in America, especially if it promotes a left-wing cause.
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