CNN senior political analyst Kirsten Powers grilled firearms reporter Stephen Gutowski throughout a fiery dialogue about mass shootings on Wednesday. (Watch the video under).
The trade between the 2 got here after two high-profile mass shootings up to now week together with the Club Q shooting that left 5 individuals useless in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday and one other taking pictures that left seven people dead, together with the shooter, at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday.
Both shootings concerned a handgun, authorities stated, whereas the Colorado Springs taking pictures concerned a gunman with an AR-15 fashion rifle ― the type of gun used in the Buffalo and Uvalde shootings earlier this year.
Kasie Hunt, who hosted the CNN panel on gun violence in America, requested Gutowski whether or not entry to assault weapons or “a cultural thing” has led to the quantity of mass shootings in America.
Gutowski, founding father of the pro-gun web site The Reload, famous that the Colorado Springs taking pictures suspect ― who was arrested for an alleged bomb threat last year ― might have been barred from shopping for weapons primarily based on his prison historical past.
He later acquired right into a testy back-and-forth trade with Powers, who pointed to the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban in 2004, after he stated the 2 current shootings “show that it’s not just about AR-15s.”
“I mean this is like a game that you guys play,” Powers swiftly stated.
There have been over 600 mass shootings within the U.S. this yr, in response to the Gun Violence Archive, a website that tracks shootings that have at least four victims.
The quantity is on observe to make 2022 the yr with the second-highest variety of mass shootings, CNN noted.