CNN’s Lemon Goes on Anti-Gun Tirade, Calls for Assault Weapons Ban

by Matt Hadro, News Busters  |  published on December 18, 2012

Don Lemon

CNN anchor Don Lemon went on an anti-gun rant on Monday morning and called for an assault weapons ban. Lemon is only the latest CNN anchor to abandon journalistic standards and push for gun control.

“We need to get guns and bullets and automatic weapons off the streets. They should only be available to police officers and to hunt al-Qaeda and the Taliban and not hunt elementary school children,” an emotional Lemon appealed.

“Yeah – yes, we need to address mental health, but mental health in this particular issue, let’s not get it twisted, is a secondary issue. If someone who has a mental issue did not have access to guns that should only be available in war zones, we would not be dealing with this,” he responded to CNN contributor Will Cain’s argument that the mental health of the shooter was the paramount problem.

“Who needs an armor-piercing bullet to go hunting? Who needs an assault rifle to go hunting?” Lemon argued against the legality of assault weapons.

A transcript of the segment, which aired on CNN Newsroom on December 17 at 9:48 a.m. EST, is as follows:

DON LEMON: Listen. For the past three days, I have been on the verge of tears every second and most of the people here have been crying 24 hours straight. Yeah – yes, we need to address mental health, but mental health in this particular issue, let’s not get it twisted, is a secondary issue. If someone who has a mental issue did not have access to guns that should only be available in war zones, we would not be dealing with this.

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