Following the mass shooting in Monterey Park, California on Saturday that left 11 people dead and nine more injured, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough led a segment on Tuesday, discussing gun violence in the United States.
Scarborough made the claim that mass shootings are so common in the U.S. now that they have become “side news.”
He said, “You know, we talked yesterday about the epidemic of gun violence. We talked about how it continues to skyrocket in this country, talked about the fact that murders with guns, they’ve gone up 50%, 50% in the past five years, 75% in the past 10 years. That means that murders from guns in America have gone up 75% since Sandy Hook, which was supposed to be a turning point. And you look at the comparison between the United States of America and other countries, a lot of people love to talk about mental illness — and we will, we really need to talk about mental illness — well, you know, there’s mental illness in countries across the world. Or it’s video games.”
Scarborough continued, “Video games are used by people across the world. This is what the difference is between the United States and other countries across the globe. America just leads, it’s not even close, leads high-income, developed nations, Western developed nations in gun violence, and again, the numbers aren’t even close. You have Brian Class, who’s on this show a good bit, he lives in Britain, and he tweeted this yesterday, ‘Since I moved to Britain 11 years ago, there has been one fatal mass shooting. There were 15 fatal mass shootings in the U.S. in December. What accounts for the difference?’ Again, it’s not mental health. That’s the — listen, Mika and I, we talk about the need for mental health treatment all the time. It needs to be funded, right? But that’s not why these people are going around. It’s not why America has so many more people murdered. It’s the guns, as Brian says, it’s the guns.”
Brzezinski replied, “The guns separate us from other countries.”
Scarborough continued, “It’s the proliferation of guns. And I tweeted something after the first mass killing two days ago talking about country by country by country, we saw the full screen, and it’s just not even close. And, you know, gene, you’ve been covering things like this for a very long time. We have as well. And, you know, it used to be that a horrific tragedy like columbine stood out. Made Americans stop. ‘Oh, my god, a shooting in a school.’ Made Americans stop. Aurora, a movie theater in Colorado, Virginia Tech, made Americans stop. We don’t even get to all the mass killings, all the mass shootings on this show every day because it’s all we would do here. But there was a shooting in Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday, at a school, that I believed killed three people. Two students were shot dead and a teacher, I thought I read.”
Brzezinski added, “And not to mention after our two mass shootings in California today.”
Scarborough acknowledged, “And so, this is just — this is side news that nobody is going to talk about today because we have two mass shootings in California, and this is something that was sandwiched between it. And it’s coming at such a rapid alarming rate that all of the B.S. arguments that NRA apologists made 10 years ago, 20 years ago, they don’t apply anymore, not to middle Americans, not to independents, not to people who don’t have a political reason to fight this battle. Like, enough. Americans have got to be saying enough.”
Ironic, I don’t hear him talking about the numerous shootings every single day in Chicago, Illinois. Why not? Is it because they have extremely strict gun laws and they are run by Democrats, who are obviously failing at stopping the shootings? That doesn’t help the narrative, does it?
On Monday, the duo spent their show blaming Republicans for the mass shootings, instead of just accepting the fact that most mass shootings continue to happen in heavily Democrat populated areas where there are strict gun laws in place. No matter what, if a criminal wants to do something, they will do so whether there is a law prohibiting them to or not. These mentally ill people carrying out mass shootings do so with illegally obtained guns. How is that the fault of law abiding citizens and the people who fight for our Constitutional rights?