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Perhaps President Trump was right when he tweeted on Tuesday that “CNN is BAD for America.”
Despite not having an official count of those injured, the number of gunmen, the types of weapons used, or how the incident started in Philadelphia, CNN’s The Situation Room engaged Wednesday in despicable behavior, using this attack on police officers to promote the need for gun control. They added that such incidents feel like the “new normal” and thus operating on emotion, not facts.
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Host Wolf Blitzer signaled this pivot in a tease at 5:19 p.m. Eastern by hyping how the shooting “comes as Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is rolling out her plan to end gun violence” prior to an in-studio interview with her.
After a break, Blitzer connected the attack on police to Harris’s gun control platform, which Harris replied without any pushback by implying that her gun control plan would have prevented this incident from happening (click “expand”):
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Well, it’s just when will it stop, right? Part of my focus on what we need to do around smart gun safety laws is recognize that we have to have more enforcement around gun dealers. Wolf, 90 percent of the guns that are associated with crime are sold by just five percent of the gun dealers in the United States and so among the many plans that I have, both in the form of executive action and also in the form of legislation, one of them is to put more resources into the ATF to take the licenses of gun dealers who violate the law and that includes a number of things, including when they are responsible for doing background checks, not doing them.
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