Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's The Nightly Show on Comedy Central, CNN political analyst and Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Jon Avlon asserted that, if Hillary Clinton runs for President as a "bad-ass policy wonk," she will "contrast well" with the "hot air" on the GOP side where people are "trying to bigot their way to the nomination."
On Wednesday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira marveled over the "huge step" and "unprecedented move" by People magazine in publishing a "call to action" on the issue of gun violence. The celebrity-centered publication printed the names and phone numbers of all 535 members of Congress, and called on "readers to contact their elected representatives to make their voices heard" on the subject. Pereira wondered, "Are we at a tipping point? Are we at a tipping point in the nation when so many of us are saying, not again – not again?!"
Appearing as a guest on Monday's The Nightly Show on Comedy Central, during a discussion of recent mass shootings, CNN host Ashleigh Banfield declared that it is "amazing" that, although "those who support gun ownership and gun rights" treat the Second Amendment as "unassailable," they wish to "tear apart the Fourth Amendment" to fight terrorism.
Near the end of the show, after The Nightly Show contributor Andy Yard cracked that he was surprised that no gun laws were passed after the Sandy Hook attack because "little white kids got shot," since "anytime something happens to little white kids, 'Oh, [bleep].'" Banfield moments later took aim at those who oppose more gun laws:
CNN wasn't interested in balance on Tuesday, as three straight programs brought on pro-euthanasia activists to tout California's new "End of Life Option Act," which was signed into law on Monday. All three also left out opponents of the legislation. CNN Newsroom featured a man whose wife was the subject of a HBO documentary titled How to Die in Oregon. On At This Hour, Kate Bolduan hyped the "groundbreaking move," and interviewed a "right to die advocate" with terminal cancer. Legal View turned to the widower of pro-euthanasia activist Brittany Maynard, who took her life in November 2014.
Appearing on Monday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello to discuss the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Harry Houck asserted that he had a "big problem" with the Oregon college being a "gun-free zone," as he complained that such locations "lead lambs to the slaughter."
He went on to declare that, "If my kid went to that school, I'd be talking to that administration" about why they do not allow any guns at the school. After praising the local police for an unusually fast response time, he began his commentary:
CNN's Alisyn Camerota touted Hillary Clinton's new gun control proposals during an interview of former Governor Mike Huckabee on Monday's New Day. Camerota pointed out Mrs. Clinton's "tighten the gun show Internet sales loophole" idea, and asserted, "Isn't that one a no-brainer?" She then asked, "Shouldn't there be universal background checks, and people not be able to buy guns online? Are you comfortable with that suggestion of hers?"
On Sunday’s State of the Union, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp blasted the media for distorting Jeb Bush comments after the Oregon shooting in which the Republican presidential candidate argued that “stuff happens. There's always a crisis. And the impulse is always to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do.”
In the aftermath of the Umpqua Community College mass shootings in Oregon, CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello on Friday hosted gun control activist Andy Parker, father of murder victim Alison Parker, to bash the National Rifle Association and Republicans for their opposition to more gun laws.
After being asked about an op-ed he published in USA Today in which he suggested that the NRA and Republicans are on the side of "evil," Parker went on in the interview to accuse the NRA of "terrorizing this country." A bit earlier, he also accused Texas GOP Rep. Michael McCaul of having "blood on his hands."
On Friday's New Day on CNN, as former Umpqua Community College president Joe Olson appeared as a guest to discuss yesterday's mass shooting, after noting that last year the college, under Olson's administration, decided not to allow on-campus security guards to have guns, CNN co-host Michaela Pereira asked whether people there are "regretting" that decision now. Pereira:
CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday repeatedly lectured an Oregon sheriff, demanding John Hanlin rethink his support for the Second Amendment in the wake of a shooting at a community college in his county. The New Day anchor grilled: “What do you think of what President Obama just said that we are fooling ourselves and we're not caring about each other if we continue to ignore the role of guns in these crimes?” Repeatedly, the Douglas County sheriff tried to focus on the victims and the investigation.
On Thursday's The Situation Room, after live coverage of President Barack Obama's speech on the day's shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, CNN was true to form in promoting more gun control as CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Tom Fuentes urged President Obama to "lead" in proposing gun legislation and not just be the "mourner-in-chief."
Notably, moments earlier, when Fuentes described the students sitting in their class rooms as "sitting ducks" for the gunman to attack, anchor Wolf Blitzer noted that "there's no guns supposedly allowed on this campus," but this relevant observation did not develop into anyone suggesting that gun laws in the state be relaxed so professors and students could have a chance of defending themselves.
As part of CNN’s live coverage Thursday night of the deadly community college shooting in Oregon, fill-in AC360 host Wolf Blitzer declared that President Barack Obama “was embarrassed of the United States in front of the world” when he commented on the tragedy and urged Americans to “politicize” mass shootings. Prior to Blitzer’s observation, Zeleny fretted the presidential campaigns like that of Hillary Clinton will be unable “to bring any sense to this” shooting with the President encountering “not a bipartisan spirit to do anything.”