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And if you believe this I have a lovely bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.
“Often people think that because we’re doing this work, we’re anti-gun or we don’t support the Second Amendment. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Watts said in an interview with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast. Watts noted that many volunteers the organization were gun owners or married to gun owners.
“This is simply about restoring the responsibilities that go along with gun rights,” Watts said. She added that while the top priorities for Moms Demand Action are background checks, red-flag laws and disarming domestic abusers, the organization also advocates for an assault weapons ban and has worked with municipalities on the issue.
“We’re hearing a lot of innovative ideas come out of the primary season, which is exciting for us, that these candidates are competing for the first time ever to see who can be the best on this issue,” Watts said. “We’re thrilled to see all these ideas be put forward, and it’s really up to the voters to decide what is attractive to them.”
Watts said that the organization needed to do more research before determining the best way to “adjudicate” an assault weapons ban.
“We need to look at the data to see what would be the most effective way to get those weapons off the streets,” she said.
Is Shannon Watts really claiming that her group has been backing a so-called “assault weapons” ban for nearly seven years, but they’ve never “looked at the data” to figure out how to actually get rid of the guns they want to ban? That’s absolutely laughable, and it’s a damn shame Major Garrett didn’t call her out on that whopper or any of her other claims when he interviewed her for his CBS podcast.
I would have loved to have heard Garrett ask Watts this simple question: “Is there a gun control bill that you’ve seen introduced that you feel violates the Second Amendment?” or maybe “Give me an example of a gun control proposal that you feel goes too far.” That’s a fair question and a logical follow up to the head of a gun control group proclaiming they’re not anti-gun or opposed to the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, Garrett, who describes himself as “relentlessly curious”, was strangely uncurious about delving too deeply into the mindset of the head mom demanding gun control. The result is a series of a softball questions and no pushback or challenging Watts on her claims at all. In other words, a typical media interview with a gun control activist.