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As the story about the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida was still developing today, CNN didn't even wait for all the facts to come in before beginning its push for a “discussion about guns."
At 3:17 PM EST, CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem made her gun control pitch by misinforming the network's viewers, claiming that America is "the only nation that has this kind of violence." According to NewsBusters, which transcribed the relevant segment, Kayyem said:
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Yet again, you cannot have these conversations with at least saying every time we are the only nation that has this kind of violence and presumably gun violence, obviously, in particular focused on our children. It is just ridiculous. My daughter is coming home from an urban high school in the next 20 minutes. It's — it’s like no other country lives or allows themselves to live and here we are, another time, having a discussion about guns as being a security issue for our children.
Instead of correcting Kayyem's egregious factual error, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin agreed with Kayyem:
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I know. I was just talking to a seven-year-old on my show this week who lost her six-year-old friend at a school shooting in South Carolina. She wrote a letter to the President and I couldn't have put it better. You know, the seven-year-old said Mr. President, how are you going to keep children safe in this country? But I want to stay on what we know.
Of course, mass killings with guns, bombs, trucks, and knives targeted against men, women, and children of all ages are not solely an American phenomenon.
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