WATCH: Tense Moment CNN Host Throws Out Claim About Obama, Then Silences Guest Before He Answers

A CNN host tried to turn the dialogue on guns in America into a monologue Friday, but in the end learned a lesson about the Constitution.

Carol Costello of CNN made the claim that most Americans support President Obama’s gun control agenda, but refused to give Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, the chance to respond.

” … most Americans, according to our poll, support the president’s executive orders.They support it because it’s strengthening existing laws on the books. My final question to you, my final, is this, my final question to you, Erich, stop. My final question, my final question, my final question: Was this a waste of time by the president? Would anything change your mind? Would you have wanted to go to that meeting and like sat down and talk to people who don’t think like you?” she said.

As Pratt tried to respond, Costello then changed her ground. However, Pratt would not be dissuaded from speaking his mind.

“The polls are conflicting,” he said. “There are many polls that show Americans don’t want stricter gun control.”

“That’s not my question,” Costello interrupted.

“Frankly, it doesn’t matter what the polls say because the beauty of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is that it trumps what people think,” Pratt added.

In another part of the interview, Pratt schooled Costello about what Obama’s proposals are all about, saying he did not attend the CNN town hall on gun control because there’s no reasoning with the president,.”

“Despite what the facts are, he has an agenda. Taya said it well, Taya Kyle. We have more guns than ever in this country and yet our murder rates are at all-time lows, and yet the president proceeds going after the rights of law-abiding Americans. There’s no common ground there,” he said.

“OK. There’s no middle ground then, huh?” Costello replied.

“Well, there’s not when — what middle ground is there for restricting your First Amendment rights? If it’s a God-given, constitutionally protected right—” Pratt said.

“I can’t yell fire in a crowded theater,” Costello interrupted.

“But we don’t gag people before they go into the theater,” Pratt retorted. “We don’t run background checks to say, ‘Oh do you have this kind of history before?’ No, we punish the violator. The president is trying to gag the Second Amendment. He’s putting prior restraints on the Second Amendment. We’re not talking about punishing criminals.”

“Are you saying criminals should own weapons? No matter what’s in your background, you should be able to own a gun? Is that what you’re saying?” Costello asked.

“Do you hear what you’re saying? All the people that committed mass shootings passed background checks,” Pratt said. “I mean, Einstein said the definition of insanity is redoubling your efforts, expecting to get a different outcome. Hope is not a strategy.”

h/t: TheBlaze

Watch: Rape Survivor Stands Up At Obama’s Town Hall And Hits Him With A Message He Didn’t Expect

In the wake of a gun-control-themed town hall event featuring President Barack Obama, many Second Amendment advocates rallied around Taya Kyle – the widow of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle – for her vocal opposition of the White House’s stance on the issue. There was another woman in the audience, however, whose personal story has also attracted the attention of sympathetic Americans.

Introduced by CNN moderator Anderson Cooper, Kimberly Corban addressed Obama directly about her experience as a college student nearly a decade ago.

“As a survivor of rape and now a mother to two small children,” she said, “it seems like being able to purchase a firearm of my choosing and being able to carry that wherever me and my family are, it seems like my basic responsibility as a parent at this point.”

After being “unspeakably victimized” by an assailant who broke into her apartment to attack her, she declared: “I refuse to let that happen again to myself or my kids.”

Corban referred to “restrictions” she believes the Obama administration has enacted, making it harder to obtain a gun and “actually just making my kids and I less safe.”

Obama responded by challenging her perception of his recently announced executive action on gun control. Asserting that his administration has not done anything to make it more difficult for any law-abiding American to obtain a firearm “if you need one,” he segued into his allegation that guns are more often used to harm than help the owner.

“What is true is that you have to be pretty well-trained in order to fire a weapon against somebody who is assaulting you and catches you by surprise,” he said. “What is also true is always that possibility that a firearm in the home leads to a tragic accident.”

People Instantly Noticed The 6 Words Obama Began His Gun Town Hall With That Say A LOT

At Thursday night’s Town Hall regarding gun control televised by CNN, President Obama didn’t take long to express the gap between himself and America’s gun rights advocates.

Although the event was billed as a place for those of different opinions to find common ground, Obama showed how far removed he is from those who oppose him.

“I have never owned a gun,” Obama said in his opening remarks, although he did try to soften that by saying he had done some skeet shooting at Camp David.

“He’s never owned a gun and I’m sure the thought of all those guns around him makes him shudder,” wrote poster “BU-52” on TheBlaze — one of many who noted Obama’s admission and also the level of protection he has. “He should clean his own house first, disarm all secret service protection people, then flood the bullet market with all the stored up ammo the various agencies have been buying up.”

Obama’s comment about how great he has been for America’s gun market was also poorly received. “I think it’s useful to keep in mind I’ve been president for over seven years, and gun sales don’t seem to have suffered during that time,” said Obama. “They’ve gone up. I’ve been very good for gun manufacturers.”

Gun dealers have often reported a boost in sales following each gun control pronouncement by the president. “Is he at all surprised that gun sales have gone up since he took office?,” posted NickyLouise on TheBlaze. “It doesn’t mean that he is a champion for gun rights. It means he scares the hell out of us.”

h/t: TheBlaze

Inside The Garden Of Political Town Hall Plants

On Thursday, CNN will host a town hall with President Obama as part of his “final-year push to make gun control part of his legacy.” In addition to sitting down with liberal anchor Anderson Cooper, the network says Obama will “take questions from the audience.”

Uh-oh. Get out your best pruning shears and trowels. In an age of micromanaged partisan stagecraft and left-wing media enablers, there is no such thing as a spontaneous question.
CNN has a long history of allowing political plants to flourish in its public forums.

At the cable station’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas in 2007, moderator Wolf Blitzer introduced several citizen questioners as “ordinary people, undecided voters.” But they later turned out to include a former Arkansas Democratic director of political affairs, the president of the Islamic Society of Nevada, and a far left anti-war activist who’d been quoted in newspapers lambasting Harry Reid for his failure to pull out of Iraq.

At a CNN/YouTube GOP debate two weeks later, the everyday, “undecided voters” whose questions were chosen included:

–A member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Americans For Hillary Clinton Steering Committee.

–A young woman named “Journey” who questioned the candidates on abortion and whom CNN failed to properly identify as an outspoken John Edwards supporter.

–A supposed “Log Cabin Republican” who had declared his support for Obama on an Obama ’08 campaign blog.

–A supposedly unaffiliated “concerned mother” who was actually a staffer and prominent Pittsburgh union activist for the United Steelworkers — which had endorsed Edwards for president.

–A supposed “undecided” voter who urged Ron Paul to run as an independent, but who had already publicly declared his support for former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s Democratic presidential bid.

–A staffer for Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; a former intern for Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., and a former intern for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Once a manipulative gardener, always a manipulative gardener. During the push for Obamacare, Democrat plants spread like kudzu across town hall propaganda events. At White House “citizen town halls” in 2009, Team Obama hand-picked not-so-random “random” questioners who included:

–An operative for the Washington, D.C.-based Health Care for America Now, the K Street Astroturf outfit with a $40 million budget to lobby for government-run health care that directed its activists to “drown out” opponents at town hall meetings.

–An “unemployed” cancer patient who was actually working for the DNC’s Organizing for America and the Virginia Organizing Project, which coordinated lobbying trips and health care forums with HCAN.

–A Democrat National Committee member and community blogger at Organizing for America.

–The 11-year-old daughter of a coordinator of Massachusetts Women for Obama who had donated thousands of dollars to the campaign, as had her law firm employer.
Using young people as horticultural conduits to shape narratives wasn’t an Obama invention, of course. Last week, Hillary Clinton’s town hall events featured two children reading scripted questions on gender pay equity and guns. The campaign balked at accusations that they would exploit kids and manufacture questions.

But this is the campaign of the former secretary of state whose staff bragged in emails released last fall that it had “planted” questions with CBS News’s “60 Minutes” in 2011.
And this is the woman whose 2008 presidential campaign staff admitted to providing prefab queries to a Grinnell College student in Iowa. Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff exposed how a senior Clinton staffer approached her with “a binder with pre-written questions.” She told CNN — attention, CNN! — that the “top one was planned specifically for a college student. … It said ‘college student’ in brackets and then the question.”

Gallo-Chasanoff conceded to asking the question, which read: “As a young person, I’m worried about the long-term effects of global warming. How does your plan combat climate change?”
Upon reflection, Gallo-Chasanoff felt ashamed of her cooperation with Democratic Kabuki theater and condemned the charade as “dishonest.”

If only more self-respecting journalists felt the same way.

Michelle Malkin is author of the new book “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs.” Her email address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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Watch: Trump Supporter Goes On CNN Holding Something That Instantly Grabs Host’s Attention

 

A New Hampshire gun shop owner appeared on CNN Wednesday while holding an AR-15 rifle identical to the one he gave Donald Trump at a rally Tuesday night.

Mark Limoges, owner of Black Ops Arms, told CNN’s John Berman and Kate Bolduan, “This is an exact replica of the gun we gave Mr. Trump. It has our Black Ops Arms symbol on it with our Black Ops Arms symbol on the handrail. And the other side, we have the ‘Live Free or Die’ with the American flag on the handrail.”

The gun shop owner explained to the CNN hosts, “We’ve been big Trump supporters and wanted to do something to commemorate Mr. Trump’s visit.”

Limoges said he had hoped the billionaire candidate would be able to visit his store in Claremont in central New Hampshire, near the Vermont border, but the Secret Service was not keen on the idea. “A Secret Service agent came to the store, took the gun,” the retailer said. “We removed the bolt out of it. They took possession of the weapon and then presented it to us before we went into the room to present it to Mr. Trump” at the rally. 

The store owner added that the AR-15 was given the serial number 145 for a very distinct reason. “He’s our No. 1 choice for president and we’re hoping he is going to be the 45th president so we gave him that serial number. We just thought it would be a nice gesture,” Limoges said. 

Trump was very impressed with and inquisitive about the rifle, according to Limoges.

The New Hampshire man indicated his store would be modifying the weapon so Trump can legally keep it at his home in New York City.

When asked by CNN what he thought of President Obama’s announced executive actions regarding gun control, Limoges expressed skepticism. “We’re all for safe gun sales transactions,” he said, but the problem “is not the people that come in legally and buy guns. It’s the people that do it illegally.”

“The system we have now with people coming in doing the background checks and everything seems to work fine. Could it be tweaked? I am sure it could be, but the process that’s there now seems to work fine,” he added. 

Limoges also stated such actions by the president could be a “first step” in taking away peoples’ guns.

“The president said yesterday in his speech that his actions are not a plot to take away everybody’s guns,” co-host Kate Bolduan pointed out. 

“Mr. Obama has also said other things that have not always been the truth,” Limoges responded, but conceded the president likely does not intend to totally ban gun ownership. 

The shop owner reported to CNN that Obama’s pronouncements about guns have had the unintended consequence of spiking firearms sales. “Every time Mr. Obama has made an announcement like [Tuesday’s] we have definitely seen an increase in our business,” Limoges said. “People are definitely afraid about what Mr. Obama might do to take weapons away, so it’s been good for us.”

h/t: RawStory