During the Wednesday airing of "The View," things became contentious as the conversation shifted to the shooting that took place on Monday evening at Michigan State University. Republican co-host, Alyssa Farah Griffin, not only defended the Second Amendment, but also ventured to propose that mental health could be a contributing factor to mass shootings.
Griffin acknowledged that she would endorse certain supplementary gun control measures, stating her support for more comprehensive background checks and red flag laws. However, she maintained that the Constitution safeguarded the right to individual gun ownership, and therefore, this fundamental right should remain unaltered.
“Legal gun ownership is fundamental in this country,” she said.
Sunny Hostin, another co-host, mentioned the AR-15 during the discussion, even though it seemed that the shooter at MSU probably used a handgun. She referred to the AR-15 as a "weapon of mass destruction" and questioned Griffin on her stance regarding the legality of "assault weapons." In response, Griffin noted that the AR-15 was favored by sports enthusiasts and collectors.
“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 stated.
Griffin persisted in her disagreement, asserting that although she concurred that more measures could be implemented to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands, shootings were unequivocally a societal issue. She further contended that it was undeniable that a considerable number of mass shooters shared a similar profile: being male and socially isolated, ranging from their teenage years to their mid-forties.
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Alyssa Farah Griffin notes that "we have a crisis of young men in this country" pointing to how most mass shooters fit a certain profile.
She notes "the left will not touch the mental health side" of the issue and gets pounced on by Sunny, who proves her point. pic.twitter.com/t6kfLBYfkc
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During the heated discussion on "The View," co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin drew attention to the societal issues that contribute to gun violence. She pointed out that young men are less likely to graduate college than their female counterparts and more likely to be arrested or die by suicide, highlighting a pattern of disadvantage that is contributing to gun violence. Griffin questioned what is causing this trend in young men and how society can address the root cause of the issue.
Griffin also expressed her concern that both sides of the political spectrum are ignoring important aspects of the issue. She argued that the left is not addressing mental health, which she believes is a significant factor in gun violence, and the right is not taking sufficient action on gun control. Her comments were met with objections from co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg.
Co-host Sunny Hostin joined the discussion by disagreeing with Griffin's emphasis on mental health. Hostin argued that people with mental health issues are more likely to be victims of crimes than perpetrators. Griffin countered that individuals who commit mass shootings, such as the Sandy Hook shooter, are not in a stable state of mind, highlighting the need for a more comprehensive approach to addressing mental health issues in society.
Griffin's remarks during the discussion on "The View" underscored the complexity of the issue of gun violence in the United States. While gun control measures are the go-to move for the left, the problem requires a multifaceted approach that addresses the underlying societal issues that contribute to violence. The conversation also highlighted the need for a more comprehensive approach to mental health, which should be a priority for both sides of the political spectrum.
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