17 People Randomly Shot by Crazed Gunman, Three Died, and CNN Didn't Ask a Single Candidate to Discuss the Gun Violence Crisis in America
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At 8:30 PM EST CNN's cameras brought live another GOP debate Thursday night. But as millions of Americans tuned in, far fewer in the state of Kansas sat glued to their TV sets and computers to watch local news channels like NBC affiliate KSN TV inform viewers about the mass shooting in Hesston and surrounding areas about three dozen miles northwest of Wichita.
If these early reports are true, 43 people have been killed in 28 mass shootings in 2016 alone. https://t.co/3yYsifVBP3— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) February 26, 2016
Three people plus the shooter were shot and killed, another 14 were injured, several critically, and yet CNN saw fit to totally ignore America's crisis of gun violence as it interviewed the five remaining Republican candidates on stage with them at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas, – where professors and college administrators have now decided to drop "hot button" topics after lawmakers in the Lone Star State voted to allow campus open-carry.
Instead, Wolf Blitzer and the rest of the CNN team for the most part saw fit to lob questions at the candidates designed to get them to attack one another, and incite viewers at home.
Immigration was a big topic of the night, with two sons of Cuban-American immigrants, and the other three candidates trying hardest to prove which one would work the hardest to deport America's 12 million undocumented immigrants.
Donald Trump just referenced Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback." And this guy is the GOP's leading candidate. #GOPDebate— ¡Gabe! Ortíz (@TUSK81) February 26, 2016
CNN casually asking questions about deporting 11 million people as if it's a tax plan and not like, a literal Trail of Tears— scalia is dead (@Mike_hugs) February 26, 2016
This is really demented. Battling over who can out-hate who on immigration. #GOPDebate— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) February 26, 2016
How are you Republican Candidates going to find all of these "illegal immigrants" and deport them? #GOPDebate— Jean Podrasky (@JeanPodrasky) February 26, 2016
The "debate" devolved into this for much of the night:
Here's how one Politico national politics reporter described the GOP debate:
OMG this shitshow— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) February 26, 2016
Don't worry, CNN, we all noticed:
I was impressed by the substantial time the #GOPDebate spent on gun violence in light of today’s shooting. Oh, right, that didn’t happen.— Jason Karsh (@jkarsh) February 26, 2016
150 minutes of "debating" and not a mention of gun violence, even as another mass shooting leaves a community in mourning #GOPDebate— Peter Ambler (@PeterMAmbler) February 26, 2016
Tragic that a shooting in which four people died today is so routine and accepted that it hasn't even been brought up. #GOPDebate— shady lady (@goldengateblond) February 26, 2016
No moment of silence at #GOPDebate for the latest mass shooting event?— David Waldman (@KagroX) February 26, 2016
28th mass shooting of 2016 happened hours before #GOPDebate— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) February 26, 2016
GOP candidates got $267K from progun groups
All want MORE guns in circulation
Today, a gunman killed 3 people and injured 14 others. But neither the shooting nor the issue of gun violence came up in the #GOPDebate.— Steven Fruhmoto (@StevenFruhmoto) February 26, 2016