CNN’s Coates Stokes Fears of Going Out in Public Because of Guns

‘Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?’ According to CNN fill-in host Laura Coates on Tuesday’s Don Lemon Tonight, it’s not so. “Because even on the day that we celebrated our nation’s independence… that was still not free from the terror of a mass shooting,” she proclaimed as she tried to whip the audience into a hysteria.

Coming from the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, Coates states, “I remember when I first took my kids to watch the fireworks… we were watching our kids watch them… now when we go out, our heads are on swivels, assessing the continuous threat that is as unpredictable as it is everywhere.”



Is there something else you could not hear? How Coates encouraged the rage of fear throughout the audience in which the stand-in host detailed a purported conversation she had with her husband about backup plans and meeting spots if there was an active shooter at the neighborhood’s fireworks display.

“The agreement not to go back for one another and just get the kids to safety, maybe the hope that our children will remember to run if we, ourselves, are hurt,” she explained. Continuing to say, “all of this planning, all of these thoughts because of pervasive, frequent, unrelenting gun violence.”

As she pushed her personal overly concerned thoughts and phobias on the audience, Coates also introduced fabricated data from the anti-gun rights Gun Violence Archive to back up her opinions stating that “there have been 319 mass shootings just this year and 17 in the first four days of July.”

If you look at these numbers, it is easy to see why anyone might be afraid. These numbers were made to encourage fear within the country, and possibly lead to the death of the Second Amendment. The truth is different when you look at real data.

The rise in gun sales over the last few years has led to an increase in shootings. In a recent NewsBusters Blog, the founder of The Reload, Stephen Gutowski, stated that “most of gun recovered weren’t sold in the last two years.”

As the Gun Violence Archive uses a deceptive definition of “mass shootings” which includes incidents that don’t meet the common understanding of what a mass shooting is, and the liberal media run with the heightened number of “mass shootings” to meet their agenda.

Why is it so high?

James Alan Fox of Northeastern University, a credible and experienced mass kissing researcher for over 40 years, explained of the GVA’s data: “The kind of shootings that people really think about the public massacres – on average, there are about a half-dozen a year. There were 10 in 2018. And in 2019, I believe there were nine … in a population of 330 million people, you certainly can’t call the actions of 9 or 10 people an epidemic. It’s still a rare event.”

Thus, “people get the exaggerated view of the risk.”

This, of course, is evident in Coates’s rant.

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CNN’sDon’t forget Lemon tonight
Eastern 10:33 p.m.

LAURA COATES – Remember when getting out of your house was as simple as deciding if you want to be in public. Perhaps the most important questions were: Do I like being in a crowd? It’s normal to expect headaches. You have to accept it as part of making memories.

Now, millions are confronting the reality of gun violence. Or at the very least, the threat to gun violence. It’s impacting the lives of people and the choices that they make.

It is a factor in my decision about my children’s education. Although it’s difficult to ignore the anxiety, I have learned to respect my husband’s plan and not be afraid to call for help in an emergency. Who will care for which child? Where is the best place for us to go if we are separated? An agreement to not go back to one another, and to just get the children to safety. Maybe the hope that our kids will be able to remember to run, if they are injured. This is all because pervasive and unrelenting gun violence. My first trip to the fireworks was with my family. I don’t think any of us were as excited about it. To see the world through their eyes, we were all watching them.

We are now on alert, constantly evaluating the threat and balancing our lives.

My own children were watching the fireworks last night. I saw them naively realize that places of worship as well schools, grocery shops, theatres, and parades are all affected.

It was a tragic, but not surprising, irony that our nation was attacked by mass shootings on the very day we celebrated its independence.

What’s popping in air is only a sign that the nation’s epidemic of gun violence continues to be very real. This, by the side, is because of the new legislation. Now, where are we? So, when will that freedom feel?

Paul Begala, Alice Stewart and other CNN political commentators are welcome.

We’ve had many of these discussions in the past, and continue to have them about how we can live our lives under the constant sword of Damocles.

Paul, this is what I’m referring to. This is a picture of a Lake County officer. The officer is in Highland Park. His head is in total shock. There have been 319 mass shootings this year, and 17 within the first 4 days of July.

You’re referring to bars, hospitals, grocery stores, parades and bars. As I have said, violence is fundamentally changing the way we live our lives.

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