CNN’s Jim Acosta confronts NRA board member: “Isn’t that blood on your hands?”

CNN’s Jim Acosta confronted a National Rifle Association board member about a series of recent horrific mass shootings and the group’s resistance to allowing legislative changes that could prevent them.

“For years, your group has blocked new gun safety laws and pushed for the most relaxed gun rules,” Acosta opened the interview with Kansas Republican Judge Phillip Journey. . “Isn’t there some of that blood on the hands of the NRA?

Journey told Acosta “I don’t believe the assumption in your question is correct”, and argued that the NRA and he, as a former Kansas state senator, had “worked to enforce the laws “.

Acosta cut him off, informing him that he was cutting him off because he was “saying things that just aren’t true”.

“The NRA for years, for decades, pushed for the loosest rules possible in this country and that’s why we have mass shooting after mass shooting,” he said. “Please could you answer the question I asked you at the beginning of the interview. Isn’t that blood on your hands?

Journey replied, “I’m not the one who pulled the trigger and neither are the members of the National Rifle Association.”

He cited the shooter who killed ten people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, earlier this month as an example, noting that “alarms were going off” that the shooter was a danger to himself or the others, but “nobody did anything.”

Acosta used those same facts to argue for tougher laws.

“Well, if he’s a troubled young man, should he be able to go out and buy an AR-15 assault rifle…which happened in Buffalo,” he said.

Acosta then pressed the NRA board member to explain why the organization decided not to cancel its annual convention in Houston, Texas, days after 19 children and two teachers were massacred by a armed man in Uvalde, a few hours away.

“How is all this appropriate? he asked, noting that there was a “party atmosphere” at the event and former President Donald Trump was seen dancing on stage after his speech.

“He wasn’t. I was there. He wasn’t dancing,” Journey said of Trump.

Trump danced. It was on video. It came at the end of a long speech that included a tribute to the children who died at Uvalde, whose names Trump mispronounced.

Journey seemed to miss the point, arguing that Acosta was ‘only telling part of the story’ because Trump made a ‘very memorable memorial to the victims’ at the start of the speech and made ‘very fitting comments’. .

Even after the Uvalde shooting, the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, most elected Republicans refused to blame guns and lax gun laws on the astronomically high number of shootings. mass in the United States compared to its peers.

Several hundred people gathered outside the Houston NRA convention over the weekend to protest and call for gun law reform.

Watch the rest of the interview on CNN.

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