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Meghan McCain: 'A lot of violence' if assault weapons banned

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/4/2019 Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY
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WASHINGTON -- Meghan McCain started the 23rd season of ABC's "The View” Tuesday by sparring with her liberal co-hosts on gun control, saying that there would be “a lot of violence” if people’s assault weapons were taken from them.

The daytime talk show panel quarreled over gun control, noting the shooter in the Labor Day weekend mass shooting in Odessa, Texas that killed seven people, failed a federal background check but purchased a firearm through a private purchase.

Abby Huntsman, a former Fox News host and daughter of Republican politician Jon Huntsman Jr., said “If nothing is going to happen after Sandy Hook, I don’t know what it’s going to take.”

McCain, daughter of the late GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, responded as the “chick on the panel that spent most of her break shooting” by declaring there “should be a ‘gun beat’ in the media” because there are a lot of people on TV “talking about guns that have clearly never shot a gun.” 

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She continued by going after 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden for wanting to reinstitute the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke for his proposal for a mandatory buyback of assault-style rifles.

O'Rourke used to represent El Paso, Texas, where an alleged shooter killed 22 people in a Walmart.

“This is a ground-level issue for me. If you’re going to be a gun-grabber, you don’t get my vote,” McCain stated.

Co-host Joy Behar responded by pointing out that Democratic presidents have overseen enactment of gun control legislation, saying, "Democrats, when they're in office, they do do something about guns. So if you keep rooting for Republicans, you're going to get nothing done.”

McCain responded with, “The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far. I was just in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, if you're talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”

“I'm not living without guns," McCain said.  "It's just that simple!"

McCain also commented on the recent controversy surrounding the NRA, saying, “As someone who has been an NRA member and has given a lot of money, I have a lot of problems with the way the money is being allocated at the moment.”

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A day after the Odessa shooting, the fourth high-profile mass shooting since the House of Representatives went on recess at the end of July, President Donald Trump said lawmakers have "a lot of thinking to do" about ways to address gun violence. 

Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that any gun control legislation would have to wait until Trump decides on measures that the administration could support.

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“Well, we’re in a discussion about what to do on the gun issue in the wake of these horrendous shootings,” McConnell said. “I said several weeks ago that if the president took a position on a bill so that we knew we would actually be making a law and not just having serial votes, I'd be happy to put it on the floor.”

In a full-page editorial that will run in Wednesday's paper, the Washington Post implores of the Senate's top Republican: "Do Something, Mr. McConnell," adding "When the Senate returns from its Labor Day recess, it must act on guns."

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Contributing: Nicholas Wu

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