The liberal media and their allies have made it abundantly clear that their claims about “common sense” gun control measures have been a giant smokescreen for gun bans and confiscations. Such was the case on Monday as CBS Mornings and NBC’s Today trumpeted far-left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s proposal to ban handgun ownership and institute buybacks for weapons viewed as scary-looking.
Co-host Gayle King seemed enthused at this crippling of private citizens being able to defend themselves, boasting of “a sweeping proposal on gun violence not here but in Canada” with Trudeau having “introduced far-reaching gun legislation that has never gained any traction here in America.”
Tossing to chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes, King suggested it was a sign of hope: “Nancy, a lot of people are asking Congress to take action.”
After noting “[t]here is a small, bipartisan group of U.S. senators who are meeting virtually today and throughout the week...on gun reform proposals,” Cordes went back to cheering Canada: “[W]hile they are taking those initial, tentative steps here, our neighbors to the north appear to be taking immediate action.”
She then played two soundbites from Trudeau in which he sounded exactly like American journalists and fellow lefties and stated in between that Trudeau’s plan would “freeze handgun sales and implement a gun buyback program for military-style weapons.”
Cordes also touted without pushback Biden’s claim about the Second Amendment “never” having been meant to be “absolute” (click “expand”):
TRUDEAU: We need less gun violence. We cannot let the guns debate become so polarized that nothing gets done. We cannot let that happen in our country.
CORDES: The new proposal announced by Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, would freeze handgun sales and implement a gun buyback program for military-style weapons. Those weapons were banned in Canada following a 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia that claimed 22 lives.
TRUDEAU: We need only look south of the border to know that if we do not take action firmly and rapidly, it gets worse and worse and more difficult to counter.
CORDES: Here at home, President Biden said yesterday he wants to see tighter gun restrictions, too, especially when it comes to the AR-15 style rifle used by the gunman in Uvalde, Texas.
Fretting “there’s little [Biden] can do on his own without Congress,” Cordes returned overseas to point to New Zealand as another example for the U.S. (click “expand”):
CORDES: Later today, President Biden will welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to the White House. She imposed a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques at Christchurch.
ARDERN [on CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, 05/24/22]: When we saw something like that happen, everyone said never again and so, then it was incumbent on us as politicians to respond to that.
CORDES: Unlike President Biden, Prime Minister Ardern is able to take major action like that without legislation, one big difference between New Zealand and the U.S.
“Yeah, we need much more than just talk right now,” co-host Nate Burleson replied.
In the 8:00 a.m. Eastern hour’s Eye Opener, far-left co-host Tony Dokoupil scolded those unwilling to go big (presumably like in Canada and New Zealand): “After the major Uvalde massacre, lawmakers consider minor changes in gun laws.”
Of course, none of the broadcast networks brought up the fact that President Biden called for the banning of 9mm ammunition, which FoxNews.com wrote accounted for “approximately 56.8% of new pistols produced in 2019, making up about 42% of pistols produced between 2010 and 2020.”
NBC’s Today had a 28-second brief on Trudeau in which co-host Savannah Guthrie reported the Liberal Party leader “propos[ed] a national freeze on handgun sales” that would make it “illegal to buy, sell or import handguns anywhere in Canada and the move comes in response to an increase in homicides in that country” though it’s “[u]nclear when the legislation will become law.”
On Monday’s NBC Nightly News, fill-in anchor Tom Llamas invoked Trudeau before senior White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell tying the Memorial Day remembrances for deceased servicemen and women to gun control: “Last week’s shooting has reignited the debate over gun laws. And tonight in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced legislation to freeze handgun ownership there.”
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