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Soledad O’Brien vs. John Lott

Home - by - December 20, 2012 - 19:15 America/New_York - 13 Comments

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Yesterday morning, Soledad O’Brien had on her CNN show economist John Lott, of More Guns, Less Crime fame (also an NRO contributor).  As I’ve discussed before on NRO, O’Brien has a habit of bringing on conservative guests and then spitting out Democratic talking points under the glib guise of a non-partisan moderator calling them to account on the facts.

But her encounter with Lott, the video of which you can view below, is a new low: Rather than parroting liberal arguments (which typically involve at least a few facts) in order to confront Lott’s arguments, she merely relates her bewildered sentiments on the issue. She begins the segment by explaining to Lott that, in her understanding, “the takeaway for you from this massacre at an elementary school is it’s time to get rid of gun laws” (more specifically, eliminate gun-free zones). Now would be, typically, when O’Brien says something like, “Wait, sir, I’m going to stop you there — I’m looking at a report right now, proving that when Australia tightened its gun laws . . .”

Instead, she just sputters, “how does that possibly make sense to you?” Instead of presenting the legitimate arguments in favor of some forms of gun control, and fact-based criticisms of Lott’s thesis, O’Brien is too busy telling him she’s “boggled.”

In case you don’t have the time to listen to all of the rest of the discussion, filled with her confused emotions and complete misconceptions and Lott’s facts, O’Brien ends it just the way she began it: “Your position just completely boggles me. Honestly, I just do not understand it.” O’Brien refuses to confront Lott’s argument (that in a country with a great deal of guns, killers seek out the rare gun-free zones and commit almost all mass murders there, so perhaps we should allow more guns for self-defense), and just continually says she cannot wrap her head around it: MORE

h/t  Snowball The Sourpuss

» 13 Comments

  1. 99th Squad Leader

    December 20th, 2012

    When your skull is full of marbles like Solodense, it’s easy to be “boggled”.

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  2. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 20th, 2012

    Soledad, you first have to have a mind before it can be boggled.

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  3. Claudia

    December 20th, 2012

    Romans 1:28
    And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

    The Progressive Left Socialist will never have anything but a boggled mind. They have refused Truth so much that their brain is now hard wired to fire the opposite of logic.

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  4. cfm990

    December 20th, 2012

    These leftards will never comprehend the 2nd amendment. Or, at least, they will never acknowledged it. It’s not about deer hunting. It’s not about self defense. Those are byproducts, and rightfully so. It’s about being able to defend against a military incursion,designed to strip us of our rights and freedom. The Founding Fathers knew that the people were the keepers of liberty. They accepted the fact, that civilians had better weapons than the military. The Pennsylvania long rifle, with it’s rifled barrel, was far superior to the British smooth bore musket. It’s not the type or design of the weapon. It’s the hands that hold it.

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  5. Dadof3

    December 20th, 2012

    We need to start applying one of their adages back at them.

    It has saved way more than one life having guns for defense and more people are victims without one.

    We have actual numbers to back it up. John Lott’s work is on target.

    Since it saves more than one life – it’s worth it!

    What if we ask them back: How many lives does your gun control cost?

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  6. Mr.Gates

    December 20th, 2012

    Schools in Israel have armed personnel carrying FULLY automatic weapons. There are school kid’s parents at outdoors events like sports and picnics carrying full auto weapons… Parents! For some mysterious reason there has never been a school shooting incident of any kind.

    A well armed society is a much safer society for everyone. Scared of their own shadow chicken shit liberals are killing our children. They are afraid of the sight of a gun but intellectually inadequate to grasp the fact that psychos and terrorists are too.

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  7. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 20th, 2012

    To a liberal, any death after birth is just a very late term abortion.

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  8. Rick

    December 20th, 2012

    Soledad knew Lott had her on the facts, and refused to let the conversation be anything but emotion.

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  9. lanny d

    December 21st, 2012

    was john lott forced to use a silencer to make it fair?

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  10. Bob M.

    December 21st, 2012

    Hard to wrap what isn’t there (her brain), around an argument that REQUIRES brains to understand. :oops:

    Watch for her to LEAD the zombie apocalypse, because she desperately NEEDS the BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAIIIIIINNNNNNNSSSSSSSSSSSS… :roll:

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  11. simply enraged

    December 21st, 2012

    I think the problem here is that they are almost too stupid to breathe or that they know damned well that disarmed citizens become subjects – and that is their goal. In either case, reason and facts aren’t going to cut it. They simply must be defeated at all levels.

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  12. simply enraged

    December 21st, 2012

    I think the problem here is that they are either nearly too stupid to breathe or that they know damned well that disarmed citizns become subjects -and that is their goal. In neither case are reason and facts going to cut it. They just have to be defeated at all levels.

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  13. simply enraged

    December 21st, 2012

    Sorry – don’t know what happened

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