Sunday night, America saw the largest mass shooting in our country's history, and the left-leaning media was quick to make hay. Join me for a quick roundup of some of the weirdest weirdos.
Rachel Maddow (pictured above trying to hold it together during last November's election) was, predictably, way off base with her comments in saying that the shooter “as a single person, created more victims than if he had crashed a fully loaded 747.” As the Daily Wire pointed out, there is no possible way to construe that in which the math makes sense. A 747 holds 416-600 people. If Maddow means that the plane crash would kill the passengers, that would be far more casualities than the 59 who were lost in Las Vegas. Does she mean crashing the plane into the crowd of 2,200 country music fans gathered for a concert? That would have killed more yet. Is she trying to make a September 11 comparison (although that was a 757)? More than 3,000 people died on that day. What happened on Sunday night is undeniably a horrific tragedy, and Rachel Maddow trying to score points with bad math isn't helpful.
Her MSNBC colleagues weren't much more help. Brian Williams, as chief anchor, is a journalist rather than an analyst. His job is to report news, not to give opinions or provide commentary, but that didn't stop him from pushing for gun control on the air Monday night. He asked his guest, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) "Why don't we act? What is the problem? What was it about first graders losing their lives [in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary] that wasn't sad enough to result in changes?" He even argued against the Constitution, asking Blumenthal when Americans would push back against "the edges of the Second Amendment argument.”
Kyle Griffin, a producer for MSNBC, tweeted a list of every member of Congress who has received a donation from the NRA ($3.8 million total since 1998). For perspective, Planned Parenthood has donated 6 times that much to Democrats in that time and George Soros gave $25 million to Democrats in 2016 alone. Blumenthal also blamed the NRA, of course, as did many others. The NRA is always blamed when there is a shooting, despite the fact that there hasn't been any reported connection (and I'd be very surprised were it not found and reported) and these shooters are never members. Still, the left runs with the scurrilous connection.
MarketWatch ran the headline "After Las Vegas, time for normal gun owners to decide where their loyalties lie: with the NRA or with the USA." National treasure Keith Olbermann said “it's time to end the National Rifle Association,” which should be “branded for what it is - a terrorist organization,” and that “The NRA, a vile organisation with a sinister, deadly grip on America’s lawmakers, bought Trump’s silence when they backed him during the election campaign.” Notable blame-dodger Hillary Clinton tweeted that it's time to “put politics aside (and) stand up to the NRA.” The NRA-blaming list goes on and on.
However, some chose not to score cheap political points. Kudos to CNN's Anderson Cooper for simply paying tribute to the victims.