CNN panel ignites when facts ‘inadvertently slip through’ on school shooting risks

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Despite their best efforts to control the narrative, a CNN panel was faced with facts during a discussion geared toward gun control Tuesday and so, naturally, the only recourse was in reverting to hysterical, emotional, “moral bullying.”

Meant to offer a perspective from the right, CNN contributor Jonah Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, appeared on “CNN Tonight” and responded to actor Matthew McConaughey’s remarks on gun reform during the White House press briefing.

As host Laura Coates attempted to moderate the discussion that featured Ana Navarro from “The View” and CNN political correspondent Kasie Hunt, Goldberg began by actually agreeing with McConaughey’s proposals on gun legislation.

However, he apparently short-circuited his fellow panelists by suggesting the media frenzy and panic porn should simmer down and consider what is actually happening. As Media Research Center’s Newsbusters website noted, the “facts inadvertently slipped through” in the process.

“If we’re going to start telling people that they should be scared about what is going to happen to them,” Goldberg began, “we should at least put this in perspective.”

“There are about 54 million kids in America – who go to K through 12 in America. In the last 29 years, 170 kids have been killed in school shootings,” he stated plainly, clarifying that he was not belittling anyone’s loss adding “one…is too many.”

“But if we’re gonna tell people they should be terrified about their kids being dropped off at school, we should remind them that their kids are in more danger on the drive to school, statistically, than they are at the school,” Goldberg added.

“No, no, no, no,” Navarro repeated with her hands raised shaking in frustration. “Jonah, we can’t do this…a child’s life cannot be a statistic.”

The former Fox News contributor summarily disabused her of that argument, calling it out for what it really was, “moral bullying.”

In near-perfect stereo, the panel asked, “Why is it moral bullying?” to which he explained pointing out facts was not equivalent to being devoid of compassion. “I’m saying you shouldn’t tell the audience that this is the thing that they should be so terrified with, paralyzed with fear about their own kids, when their kids are more likely to die from a lot of other things.”

Navarro went on to demonstrate her selective hearing as she proceeded to lecture on how regulations had been put in place to combat the prevalence of child deaths in car accidents and drownings when Goldberg had acquiesced to the demands for gun legislation at the outset by agreeing with McConaughey.

The editor restated his moral outrage and noted “one shot child is too many as far as I’m concerned. But if you’re going to take that moral outrage and then tell people they should be paralyzed with fear that this is going to happen to them and their kids you’re doing them a disservice.”

After Navarro ranted further about the inaction of Congress and pushed for voters to get their “a**es in gear and call your senators,” Goldberg, whether wittingly or not, demonstrated that they were not participating in the same conversation when he pointed out, “I’m doing analysis, I’m not doing activism. And if you want to tell everyone call their senator, that’s fine. That’s not my job.”


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