Gun-Grabbing CBS: ‘What Is Wrong With You, United States?’

On Tuesday, the hacky liberal hosts of CBS This Morning predictably rushed to exploit recent mass shootings in order to push for the restriction of gun rights. During an interview with Democratic Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse, anchor and Democratic Party donor Gayle King demanded action as she blamed the entire nation for the violence: “What is wrong with you, United States of America?”

“I want to make sure that we really get to talk to you about what happens next,” King declared at the top of the softball exchange with Neguse, who represents the district of Bolder, Colorado, where 10 people were tragically gunned down in a grocery store on Monday. King bitterly called for liberal lawmakers to push gun control legislation: “…you tweeted last night, ‘Enough is enough.’ What can – what should Congress do now? It seems like we have heard this song, played this record, many times before and nothing changes.”

 

 

Neguse assured her:

It does not have to be this way. There are common sense gun reform legislation proposals that have been debated in the Congress for far too long. And as I said, I think enough is enough and it’s time for us to take action. I’m certainly going to be pushing with my colleagues in the Congress to make that happen. Because I think that as Congress dithers on taking meaningful steps, Americans are dying everyday, Coloradans are dying everyday before our eyes. And at some point we have to be prepared to say enough is enough and I’m hopeful that now is that time.

Fellow co-host Tony Dokoupil chimed in by dismissing the facts of the latest shooting and focusing on the “politics” instead: “Congressman, we don’t yet know the details of this particular case, but the bigger picture conversation about legislation doesn’t depend on any particular case. It depends on the politics of it.” He implored the Democrat: “What can you do now to make a difference this time around?”

Neguse replied in part: “I think the American people are tired of excuses, so it’s time for to us roll up our sleeves in the Congress and muster the political willpower to actually get something done.”

Moments later, King launched into scolding the country:

Aren’t you frustrated by this Congressman? I look at countries around the world that look at us and say, “What is wrong with you, United States of America?” I wake up this morning, I keep thinking about those 10 families who woke up – and the families in Atlanta last week – whose lives are forever changed. And we keep pointing fingers at everybody else and nothing gets done here.

Neguse voiced agreement with her talking points: “Yeah, no, I share your frustration, Gayle. I doesn’t – as I said, it doesn’t have to be this way….This is not normal in so many other western countries.”

Meanwhile, on ABC’s Good Morning America, chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas editorialized:

The trend of gunman, typically alone, showing up at places we all know and love is worsening. Seemingly nowhere safe, from elementary schools to high schools to movie theaters to Walmart, and now grocery stores….The Biden administration will be under intense pressure to address this spike in chronic gun violence.

Co-host Robin Roberts confirmed: “They will.”

Only NBC’s Today show managed to resist the urge to immediately lobby for gun restrictions less than 24 hours after the Colorado shooting.

Every time one of these brutal killing sprees occurs, the leftist media allow for only one solution: seizing firearms from millions of law-abiding American citizens, in violation of their civil rights. There’s never a serious discussion of other societal factors or mental health, just the knee-jerk reaction of pushing one of the Democratic Party’s favorite agenda items.

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Here is a transcript of the March 23 interview:

8:06 AM ET

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GAYLE KING: I want to make sure that we really get to talk to you about what happens next. Because you tweeted last night, “Enough is enough.” What can – what should Congress do now? It seems like we have heard this song, played this record, many times before and nothing changes.

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Mass Shooting In Colorado; Rep. Neguse on Boulder Investigation & Gun Control]

REP. JOE NEGUSE [D-CO]: Yeah, look, Gayle, Colorado has been no stranger to gun violence. And I grew up in Highlands Ranch, ten minutes from my high school, the Columbine tragedy unfolded when I was 14. Two years ago, my niece was a kindergartner at the STEM shooting in Highlands Ranch, where she was locked down as a kindergartner. I think like many Americans, I feel a great deal of anger and frustration right now. I think the time for inaction is over. It does not have to be this way. There are common sense gun reform legislation proposals that have been debated in the Congress for far too long. And as I said, I think enough is enough and it’s time for us to take action. I’m certainly going to be pushing with my colleagues in the Congress to make that happen. Because I think that as Congress dithers on taking meaningful steps, Americans are dying everyday, Coloradans are dying everyday before our eyes. And at some point we have to be prepared to say enough is enough and I’m hopeful that now is that time.
                        
TONY DOKOUPIL: Congressman, we don’t yet know the details of this particular case, but the bigger picture conversation about legislation doesn’t depend on any particular case. It depends on the politics of it. I remember the Newtown massacre and the feeling like, if not now, when? And yet, those efforts largely came to not, at least federally. What can you do now to make a difference this time around?

NEGUSE: Look, we can’t give up. I mean, Americans should be able to feel safe in their grocery stores. I’ve gone to this grocery store many times. They should be able to feel safe in their schools, in their movie theaters, and in their communities. And so, yes, as you said, you know, the gun lobby and so many others have stopped the ability for to us make meaningful reforms in the past. But that’s no excuse. I think the American people are tired of excuses, so it’s time for to us roll up our sleeves in the Congress and muster the political willpower to actually get something done.

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KING: Aren’t you frustrated by this Congressman? I look at countries around the world that look at us and say, “What is wrong with you, United States of America?” I wake up this morning, I keep thinking about those 10 families who woke up – and the families in Atlanta last week – whose lives are forever changed. And we keep pointing fingers at everybody else and nothing gets done here.

NEGUSE: Yeah, no, I share your frustration, Gayle. I doesn’t – as I said, it doesn’t have to be this way.

KING: No, is it doesn’t.

NEGUSE: This is not normal in so many other western countries. I have a 2 1/2-year-old daughter and I want her to grow up in a country where she’s not scared to go to the grocery store, she’s not scared to go to school. So that’s certainly what motivates me and I share your frustration. I think a lot of Americans share your frustration.

KING: Well, right now we are scared.

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