The cast of ABC’s The View has no problem raising the rhetoric to potentially dangerous levels during a time of enormous political division, hatred, and politically motivated violence coming from the left in America. And on Thursday’s episode, Whoopi Goldberg demanded to “Give Up” the AR-15, saying, “You Can’t Have It Anymore.”
When guest host Tara Setmayer, a former Republican and self-described “conservative” argued that it would not be easy to ban guns in a country that has “more guns than people.” She said, “Listen, I understand that but it’s not as easy when you have a country that has more guns than people.”
However, Goldberg insisted “It is actually easy.”
“It is easy, but the things that you could say to people, which we don’t say on this show, the things you could wish on people, that we don’t wish on this show to people because we know, we’ve all met people who have had to deal with the death of a loved one at the hands of a gun,” implying that they’ve been holding back.
Individuals who don’t understand why AR-15s should be banned, she said, will “never see the need to make sure that people get the [mental] help.”
People might still employ pistols, according to Setmayer, as they did in the Virginia Tech shooting.
“A handgun does not turn people to dust,” Goldberg responded.
After taking the floor back from Setmayer, Goldberg took the opportunity to continue her unholy crusade against legal ownership of AR-15s.
“I’m sick and tired of people making excuses why they can’t—It’s one gun, get it off the market! It’s one gun, just do that,” she demanded, ignorant of what enforcement would look like or mean.
Wherein Whoopi first asserts that an AR-15 can “turn people to dust” and then suggests that owning one should land you in jail. pic.twitter.com/DoeHJRhtWF
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Here are some of the transcripts of the exchange:
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: You know what. You know what.
SETMAYER: — the argument of just banning AR-15s is not going to solve the mass shooting problem!
GOLDBERG: You guys are blowing smoke. You’re blowing smoke right now.
SETMAYER: No I’m not!
GOLDBERG: Yes. And let me explain why.
SETMAYER: No. I take issue with that.
GOLDBERG: You’re telling me I’m not going to—
SETMAYER: I’m saying I’m not blowing smoke.
GOLDBERG: I feel you’re blowing smoke.
SETMAYER: I’m telling you a practical solution.
GOLDBERG: I think everyone is blowing smoke at the table and let me explain why.
[Camera cuts to see Hostin taking a sarcastic sip of coffee]
SETMAYER: Go ahead.
GOLDBERG: The issue here – there are all of these things. You’re right, strengthen all the laws that exist. Do all of that. But get the AR-15 off the market! And I know, you say that’s not a way to do it, but you know what?
SETMAYER: You can start there but it’s not going to solve it!
GOLDBERG: It will start the possess because right now, nothing has been done.
SETMAYER: Not nothing.
GOLDBERG: And quite honestly, personally, I’m sick. I’m sick and tired of people making excuses why they can’t—It’s one gun, get it off the market! It’s one gun, just do that! And do everything else you keep saying you want to do.
SETMAYER: It’s not going to pass Congress.
GOLDBERG: Well, then we’ll sit around and we’ll watch more people go.