“the regulation was repealed last March, this rule violated not just the Second Amendment but the Fourth”
Remember when late night hosts did comedy? Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t. He has made it his mission to use his platform to bash Trump and Republicans whenever the opportunity presents itself. The shooting in Parkland, Florida was horrific, no one disputes that. No one expects Kimmel to make jokes about it either.
Additionally, no one wants to hear his preachy lecturing about gun control. Especially when he doesn’t have the facts. He even trotted out the old “mentally ill” line to attack Trump.
Kristine Marsh reports at NewsBusters:
Jimmy Kimmel Blames Trump, GOP After School Shooting: ‘You’re Obviously Mentally Ill’
Comedian turned left-wing activist Jimmy Kimmel had his barbs ready for Trump and the GOP on his Thursday evening show, after the horrific school shooting on February 14. As he has done previously on healthcare and guns, Kimmel went on a highly partisan, fake-news-filled rant blaming them for not “acting” when these tragedies occur, even slamming Trump as “mentally ill” for not giving in to the left’s demands for gun control.
“Tell your buddies in Congress, tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio, all the ‘family men’ who care so much about their communities, that what we need are laws, real laws, that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. Go on TV and tell them to do that,” he slammed.
Getting emotional, Kimmel choked up. “Children are being murdered,” he said as an audience member shouted in reference to Trump, “Do something now!” The talk show host agreed. “Do something! We still haven’t even talked about it, you still haven’t done anything about it. You’ve literally done nothing!” he scolded.
Kimmel also used a false talking point that liberals have been parroting in the days since the shooting (emphasis is theirs):
Kimmel then repeated a lie that the media has regurgitated several times over the past 48 hours, that Trump supposedly made it easier for the mentally ill to access guns legally. This is simply not true, but the left-wing talking head continued his misleading rant: “Actually you’ve done worse than nothing: You like to say this is a mental health issue, but one of your very first actions as president Mr. Trump, was to roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. You did that.”
Watch the video below:
Scott Shackford of Reason debunked the line about the mentally ill and guns:
No, Trump Did Not Make It Easier for Mentally Ill People to Buy Guns
In the wake of yesterday’s deadly school shooting in Florida, President Donald Trump tweeted that there were signs that alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz was “mentally disturbed.” Trump encouraged people to report bad behavior to authorities.
In response, a Twitter and media parade of people spouted misleading claims about an Obama-era regulation that Trump and Congress rolled back:
are you aware that one of the regulations you got rid of made it more difficult for mentally ill to get guns? https://t.co/r5lRKZHhnd
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 15, 2018
A year ago today, the Senate rolled back an Obama regulation that would have prevented 75,000 severely mentally ill people from buying guns and put them “in the hands of people too mentally unstable to manage their own bank accounts” wrote @cliffschecter https://t.co/57YCKPDiqf
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 15, 2018
None of this is a remotely accurate description of what happened. A year ago, Congress and Trump eliminated a proposed rule that would have included in the federal government gun background database people who received disability payments from Social Security and received assistance to manage their benefits due to mental impairments.
This is a regulation that potentially deprived between 75,000 to 80,000 people of a right based not on what they had done but on the basis of being classified by the government in a certain way. The fact that these people may have these impairments did not inherently mean that they were dangerous to themselves or others and needed to be kept away from guns.
As I noted when the regulation was repealed last March, this rule violated not just the Second Amendment but the Fourth, because it deprived the affected people of a right without due process.
Don’t expect Kimmel to issue any sort of correction or get called out by the media for using this flawed argument. Liberals have already convinced thousands of people that it’s true.
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