CNN doesn’t usually allow attendees of their televised town hall meetings to ask Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi any real or hard questions. So, the network and their liberal viewers surely weren’t happy when a teen girl, who had survived the mass shooting in Santa Fe, hit the congresswoman with a tough one.
When CNN holds a town hall, you can be sure of two things. First, an inordinate amount of Trump-bashing will occur, and secondly, the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens will come under attack. Add Nancy Pelosi into the mix, and the chances that the meeting will devolve into little more than an echo chamber of liberal talking points increase exponentially.
However, Pelosi was shocked to find that she was actually put on the spot during CNN’s town hall event on Wednesday, when a survivor of the Santa Fe shooting and host Chris Cuomo both challenged her regarding the hypocrisy of her stance that teachers should not be armed, but she and her colleagues on Capitol Hill should be protected by armed guards.
According to Mediaite, at CNN’s town hall event on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was challenged on her position against funding armed guards at schools. Pelosi was faced with a question by a teen survivor of the recent Santa Fe High School shooting and was further pressed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who noted that Pelosi herself is protected by armed guards.
“Where does the government stand on arming and training our teachers, much in the way we use air marshals on airplanes?” asked Santa Fe senior Alexis Wilson, according to The Daily Wire.
Pelosi offered sympathies to Wilson over the shooting but concluded that she and her Democratic colleagues “do not think that is the solution.” She said, “Following a tragedy like this, all we want to do is pray for the families, but I do not support arming teachers and the rest.”
However, Cuomo, who was moderating the town hall event for CNN, pressed Pelosi over her glaring hypocrisy on the issue. “There’s a little bit of an either-or problem with how we’re trying to approach solutions. … The building we’re in now, the building you work in, the point of entry there is secure,” he said. “You don’t walk in with a trench coat with a shotgun underneath your jacket, and get in. It doesn’t happen, you know this.”
The CNN cameras panned to Wilson in the audience, who was clapping to show support for Cuomo’s pushback. “Why can’t that be part of the equation?” Cuomo asked. “Talk about universal background checks, fine. Talk about mental health, how to identify them, money for treatment. But why either-or? Why not make the schools safer?”
“The children should not have to be worried about going to school as a place that violence can occur,” Pelosi responded, pointing to background checks and mental health as the solution again. “You have to get to systemically stop people from having guns who shouldn’t have guns in the first place.”
Nancy Pelosi is either dangerously stupid or willfully ignorant on this issue because background checks failed the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, just three months ago when 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz shot up the school, killing seventeen people.
Cruz was able to purchase a firearm because he had been part of the controversial “PROMISE Program” which allowed him to commit crimes as a teenager without ever being arrested or the offenses making it to his criminal record. Without a rap sheet, thanks to the Obama-era PROMISE Program, Cruz was free and clear to purchase all the guns he wanted.
Clearly, background checks are not the answer to the school shooting problem when the Democrats are only going to introduce programs that stop potential shooters from having arrest records. Gunmen will find their way into schools one way or another. It is time to ensure that when they do, the innocent students and staff inside are more than sitting ducks.