ABC’s “The View” is a very strange program.
As New Republic senior correspondent Jim Geraghty wrote in a very pithy tweet: “‘The View’ is a show about current events, hosted by several celebrities who don’t know much about current events, and who adamantly refuse to learn anything new about current events.”
That pretty much sums it up, and it’s a well-made point that was underscored on Wednesday when host Joy Behar made some peculiar comments in the wake of the Brooklyn subway mass shooting that injured at least 23 people earlier this week. Amid a generally inane and thoroughly pointless anti-gun conversation, during which a guest claimed that most gun owners shoot themselves (perhaps a case of wishful thinking, but not actually true,) Behar decided to weigh in and give vent to her considered opinion on the matter.
First, she saw fit to open her opinions with a quick observation about the number of mass shootings that have occurred in the country so far. “So, we are 103 days into 2022,” she said, “and there have already been more than 130 mass shootings in America this year alone.”
The View immediately dove into nonsense today.
Joy Behar parrots a totally factitious stat claiming there have been "more than 130 mass shootings in America this year alone."
And guest Julia Haart asserts: "When you take away guns, you take away gun violence." pic.twitter.com/sn0W4FS30c
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) April 13, 2022
“Did you know that?” she asked the astounded crowd. “That sounded so high to me.”
It’s an interesting statistic, but Behar provided no citations of the fact. Were it true, it would mean there has been at least one mass shooting for every day of the year, with some days racking up multiple mass shootings. Even Chicago doesn’t have a record that’s anywhere near that bad.
Nothing daunted, Behar continued to hold forth on the issue.
“This is a tragic and uniquely American problem, it seems to me. I don’t understand why we can’t solve this problem. I mean [guest host Julia Haart] was saying to me as we were coming out, they don’t have this problem where there aren’t guns all over the place, but those countries do not have a Second Amendment. And I think that’s the difference.”
“That’s the problem,” Haart agreed and then proceeded to cite the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia as examples of places where gun violence isn’t a problem. No mention of Ukraine, which is currently putting the right to bear arms to good effect.
Then Behar really stepped in it.
“The Supreme Court is poised to pass a bill contradicting the New York City, uh, state laws. We have very strict gun laws here, and they would like it to be—apparently, somebody has put it on their desk — that New York should be an open carry state, and an open carry city. With all of the density in this city, they want people running around with guns? People…middle-class people will be leaving in droves if that happens.”
Behar seemed unaware that middle-class people have been leaving New York in droves for years. Just ask Florida.
She also seemed unaware that the Supreme Court doesn’t pass legislation, but merely litigates court cases involving legislation that has already passed. She may have been referring to the Supreme Court hearing arguments last fall on the constitutionality of New York’s law limiting the carrying of guns outside the home, but it’s difficult to know for sure.
In any case, Twitter immediately let loose on the woman.
Joy Behar may the dumbest person in media. Here she argues the Supreme Court is poised to pass a bill on gun rights. pic.twitter.com/dgnJIT7VW0
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 13, 2022
Joy Behar probably expecting a Supreme Court decision soon. 😕 https://t.co/SoMpUVH08m
— diannaj007 (@diannaj_007) April 14, 2022
You know it’s gonna be a rip-roaring day when you see the names “Elon Musk,” “Joy Behar” and “Jack Dorsey” all trending at the same time. 🙃
— L.A. Sunshine (@peculiarstarr) April 14, 2022
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