On the one-year anniversary of the Parkland school shootings, CNN anchor Erin Hill gave no pushback on the New Day show after she invited Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell to promote a gun control plan being considered by Congress.
The same CNN show that has recently dismissed arguments in favor of border security that could save many lives each year also apparently saw no irony in the congresswoman pulling out the old “if it saves just one life” argument to justify infringing on the rights of law-abiding American citizens to acquire guns.
At 7:38 a.m. Eastern, after spending the first few minutes of the segment discussing the Russia collusion investigation, Hill ended by bringing up gun control efforts by Democrats in Congress. After recalling the one-year Parkland anniversary, the fill-in CNN host posed: “We know yesterday — the background checks bill, that was an important step for you. I know how important this is to you personally as well. Where are your thoughts on this day?”
Congresswoman Mucarsel-Powell complained:
It took 10 hours for us to be able to pass HR-8, the universal background check, through the committee because the Republicans in our committee were making it very difficult. They were using all sorts of delay tactics to make it very difficult to pass through committee.
After lauding the passage of “common sense gun reform,” she concluded by arguing that just saving one life is enough justification for passing the new gun control plan: “And I just want to say one thing for all the skeptics. Yes, universal background check may not avoid every single mass shooting, but if we can save just one life passing this bill, then that is what we are going to do right here in this Congress.”
Just a few weeks ago, the same CNN show tried to downplay reports that, in the past fiscal year, illegal immigrants who committed more than 2,000 homicides were deported by the Trump administration.
Additionally, even the Obama administration reported deporting enough illegals per year to account for more than 1,000 homicides, suggesting a lot more than just one life could be saved by better border security.
Without giving any response, Hill simply wrapped up the interview.