Soledad O'Brien clashed with gun advocate John Lott in the aftermath of Friday's horrific shooting, telling him that his position "boggles" her.
Twenty-seven victims — including twenty elementary schoolchildren — were shot and killed in a tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Lott, a vocal pro-gun commentator, appeared on CNN Friday night and argued in favor of eliminating all gun laws.
"How does that possibly make sense to you?" O'Brien asked Lott on Monday's "Starting Point." He alleged that mass shootings have taken place in areas where guns are banned, and pointed to the site of the Aurora, Colorado shooting as an example.
"Let me stop you there," O'Brien interjected. She said that there was absolutely no evidence that the gunman chose that area because it banned guns. Later, she asked:
Why is your take away from all of this to get rid of gun laws, and your take away is not to say there are people who should not have access to certain types of weapons? In this particular case, we know that he used a semiautomatic rifle to blow out the glass wall at the entrance to the school. So the security was useless. Why? Because he had a high velocity multi-shot with many rounds with him to be able to access the school. Why would you not say that’s exactly the kind of weapon that someone should not be able to easily get his hands on?
Lott said that Germany has experienced school shootings despite strict gun controls. "I don't see how any of that brings you to the decision that the answer is to get rid of gun laws," O'Brien responded. She grew visibly frustrated as Lott continued.
"How you could say we should have fewer laws and not more... it boggles the mind," she told him. "If you were to come and talk to the people in this town, they'd be stunned by you."