While discussing this week’s mass shooting at a San Jose rail yard that left nine people dead, Meghan McCain told her liberal cohosts on “The View” that it is “tonally inappropriate and insensitive” to “proselytize” her thoughts on the Second Amendment after events such as this one.
“As a Second Amendment advocate … I’m horrified by it, and no one thinks this is okay,” McCain said as she agreed with her cohost Sara Haines that there should be “better systems in place” to prevent future tragedies. McCain then offered “one thing that I do think is okay and tonally appropriate,” saying that “an absolute spike of people around the country buying guns” in the past year at levels she said we haven’t seen since the 1970s.
“In my own personal life, because of rising crime rates and rising hate crimes in major cities, I have counseled more friends than I can count on where they should go to get training, where they should go to get safety classes, and which weapon I specifically think … they can buy,” McCain said.
Not stopping there, McCain said that “so many” of her friends, especially women, “are feeling very unsafe with the crime happening in this country.” She then cited “hate crimes directed at friends of mine of all persuasions and all different places” before insisting that the Second Amendment “exists for a reason.”
“I think there’s a way to have a responsible and educated discussion without negating the fact that people are feeling unsafe in our country right now in a way that I just anecdotally, personally have never seen before,” McCain continued.
McCain’s cohost Whoopi Goldberg responded to this by saying that she is “torn” on this, and she then issued a call to action.
“I wish people felt that they cared a lot more about the victims because I always hear people say, ‘I’m speaking for the unborn.’ Well, I’m speaking for the people who have been shot to death,” she said. “Somebody do something. This is ridiculous. There are people who were here today, they’re gone. I’m gonna be their voice.”
Check out the full segment for yourself below.
CO-HOSTS REACT TO SAN JOSE MASS SHOOTING: After yesterday’s mass shooting in California, the co-hosts discuss what measures should be taken as Americans are still divided on gun control and Pres. Biden demands action. https://t.co/E24IybM2jI pic.twitter.com/pakaLJ9FkP
— The View (@TheView) May 27, 2021
This piece was written by James Samson on May 29, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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