A Fox News Channel discussion on the topic of gun control quickly became heated when two panelists – representing opposite sides of the debate – struggled to make their respective points.
Anchor Megyn Kelly introduced the segment, asking guest Nomiki Konst what could have been done ahead of the recent on-air shooting in Virginia to prevent the gunman from accessing a firearm.
“Some of these background checks aren’t as strict as we think,” she responded, declaring that certain states have less stringent guidelines than others.
“The states that have the loose or the lax laws,” she asserted, “actually have more gun murders than in any other part of the country.”
Gun rights activist Dana Loesch disagreed with the assertion that background checks and gun registries are the key to reducing violence.
“We can follow the laws that we have on the books,” she insisted, noting that the shooters behind the massacres at Virginia Tech and in Charleston, S.C., would have been prevented from purchasing guns if the government has properly documented their histories.
Konst shot back with a statistic that the “federal gun registry has prevented 2.1 million criminals from accessing guns,” which elicited a fiery retort from Loesch.
“False,” she said. “First of all, I’m not sure where you’re getting these statistics.”
As for Konst’s insistence that the answer lies in more taxpayer funding for mental health research, Loesch said: “We just spent almost $1 trillion on Obamacare, and we’re going to sit here and seriously argue that we’re not spending enough on mental health?”
After Loesch challenged another assertion, noting the “indisputable fact” that areas with strict gun control have higher homicide rates, the two panelists began arguing simultaneously.
“This always happens,” Kelly conceded, which prompted the end of the segment.
When the remote guests were digitally removed from the screen and their impassioned dialogue silenced, Kelly concluded: “Oh, look at that! The magic of TV.”
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