CNN host Don Lemon argued Tuesday that it is a First Amendment right to criticise the Second Amendment and call for gun control, and that it is also ‘patriotic’ to do so.
In the wake of the shooting in Colorado, Lemon also claimed that the Second Amendment is not a right, rather it is a privilege, and picking it apart “doesn’t mean you’re un-American, doesn’t mean you’re anti-gun.”
“The Second Amendment doesn’t require us to submit to a lifetime of mass carnage,” Lemon stated, adding that mass shootings are “happening in our real life” not in pro-gun Americans’ “theater of the militia” or “in their role-playing.”
“You also have the First Amendment that people can love this country and then want to analyze and criticize the Second Amendment and the rest of the amendments and everything,” Lemon proclaimed.
“That’s your right under the First Amendment of the Constitution. So by criticizing the Second Amendment and wondering if there are things we can do to improve the situation when it comes to guns — doesn’t mean you’re un-American, doesn’t mean you’re anti-gun. It means you’re exercising your First Amendment,” Lemon further declared.
The CNN host claimed that picking apart the right to bear arms is “part of being a patriot” and an effort “to save lives.”
Singling out pro-Second Amendment politicians, Lemon demanded “stop playing politics with our lives… You know they’re going to continue to play politics with our lives because that is their whole shtick. It’s the same old song and same old dance while Americans are grieving.”
Lemon joined a host of other leftists who immediately called for increased gun control measures regardless of the fact that the shooter was identified as an anti-Trump Islamist from Syria and an ISIS sympathiser.