PBS NewsHour Frets Second Amendment Prevents More Gun Control in California

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by Brad Wilmouth at newsbusters.org

On Monday evening, PBS NewsHour co-anchors Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz delivered taxpayer-funded anti-gun activism as the two hosted back-to-back segments that pushed for more gun restrictions.

After Nawaz prodded Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) to call for more gun control in response to the Monterey Park mass shooting in California, Bennett let UCLA Professor Adam Winkler argue that California’s gun laws are still not strict enough compared to other countries.

Even though it had not been determined how the gunman acquired his guns, Congresswoman Chu speculated about the ways background checks might be circumvented.

After she incorrectly claimed that a gunman might “evade” background checks by purchasing from a “gun store” instead of a “typical store” — whatever that means — Nawaz did not correct her guest’s misinformation as she followed up by asking about President Joe Biden’s support for more gun control: “You spoke with President Biden today. You tweeted earlier. Did he make any pledges to you about additional executive action that he can take when it comes to gun safety?” 

Nawaz then touted President Biden’s anti-gun activism as she followed up:

We should note, President Biden has long urged Congress to take additional action when it comes to gun safety and legislation around that. It was last year that it took nearly 30 years and multiple mass shootings for there to be limited bipartisan gun safety reform that made it through a Democratic-led Congress. Is there any hope for additional reform in this divided Congress?

Opening the next segment, Bennett admitted that California’s gun laws are the strictest in the country, but suggested more restrictions are still needed:

California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Studies show that those laws are effective, but they are apparently not enough in a country where gun ownership is considered a constitutional right.

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