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‘The View’ Piles On Republican Host For Daring To Say Mental Health Is Related To Shootings

  Wednesday’s broadcast of “The View” got heated when the topic turned to the   Monday evening shooting   at the Michigan State University c...

 Wednesday’s broadcast of “The View” got heated when the topic turned to the Monday evening shooting at the Michigan State University campus — and Republican co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, in addition to defending the Second Amendment, dared to suggest that mental health played a role in mass shootings.

Griffin conceded that she would support some additional gun control measures, saying that she was in favor of broader background checks and red flag laws, but argued that individual firearm ownership was protected in the Constitution and that should not be changed.

“Legal gun ownership is fundamental in this country,” she said.

Co-host Sunny Hostin brought up the AR-15 — despite it appearing that the shooter at MSU likely used a handgun — referring to it as a “weapon of mass destruction” and asking Griffin whether she believed “assault weapons” should be legal. Griffin pointed out the fact that sportsmen and collectors favored the AR-15.

“You can’t shoot anything with an AR-15 and get any meat. That’s not sportsmanship. I’m just saying,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg claimed.

Griffin continued to push back, saying that while she agreed more could be done to keep guns out of the hands of bad people, shootings were clearly a societal problem — and she argued that one thing that was impossible to ignore was the fact that so many mass shooters fit the same general profile: male loners in their teens-to-mid-forties.


Noting that, statistically, young men were less likely to graduate college than young women and more likely to be arrested or die by suicide, she added, “What is going on with young men in our country that is allowing this to happen, because guns are part of the problem absolutely, but this is where I worry the left and the right bear some responsibility.”

“The left will not touch the mental health side of this and the right will not touch the gun side,” Griffin asserted, prompting objections from co-hosts Joy Behar and Goldberg — but then Hostin jumped in and proved Griffin’s point.

“We’ve said this many many times, let’s stop blaming mental health,” Hostin said, arguing that people with mental health issues were more likely to be the victims of crimes than the perpetrators.

“People who shoot up Sandy Hook, that’s not a person in their right mind,” Griffin pushed back.

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