Chris Hayes Shreds NRA’s ‘Good Guy with a Gun’ Theory: ‘It’s All BS!’

MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Friday slammed the National Rifle Association and its supporters for their adamant insistence, despite the heartbreaking details of law enforcement’s botched response to this week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that this is the only way stopping a bad guy A gun is a good guy with a gun.

A much more accurate account of the mass shooting has surfaced over the past day than was initially disclosed to the public by law enforcement officials, some of whom were wrong. reporting by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday and The Washington Post on Friday helped illustrate a tragic failure of judgment when 19 officers at the school delayed the confrontation with the shooter by “nearly 45 minutes” while children trapped with him in the classroom repeatedly called 911 in desperation .NBC News also reported on Friday that when border guards eventually moved towards the gunman, they ignored local police, who told them not to even enter the school.)

Texas Department of Security Director Steven McCraw admitted at a news conference Friday that “it was the wrong decision.”

Hayes was “stunned” by the confirmation, he told viewers. In light of the changing reports from the authorities, he added: “There is no reason to take anything [that] everyone from law enforcement in this situation is saying at face value.

Hayes then turned his attention to typical Ringwing topics of conversation that have surfaced since the massacre.

“The worst facts seem to be the true ones: that the police have failed completely with their weapons. The good guys with guns at school absolutely failed to protect these kids,” Hayes said.

“They set up a cordon in front of the school and yelled at, threatened and prevented the parents from storming in – although the gunman appeared to be still inside. And apart from the fact that the police response is an unfathomable failure, it is also just a profoundly harrowing demonstration of the bankruptcy of the arms race theory of violence prevention.”

At the NRA conference in Houston on Friday, the usual suspects like ex-President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) offered a version of the argument that the way to prevent mass shootings is more guns.

“It’s all bullshit!” a frustrated Hayes exclaimed before showing clips of the couple’s speeches. “They built up to this moment, and here it was. Here is the proving ground. And we just saw it fail in real time.”

If “guy with a gun” and “bad guy with a gun” are the only categories, Hayes continued, “I’m curious about Donald Trump and Ted Cruz: which category were the police in that assessment?”

“Of course they’re not two categories of people, that’s the whole point,” he continued. “Whatever Donald Trump and Ted Cruz say, the entire NRA worldview collapsed in a pool of blood Tuesday at this elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. And in the end, the sheer, brutal bankruptcy of what these imbeciles proposed was exposed.” Chris Hayes Shreds NRA’s ‘Good Guy with a Gun’ Theory: ‘It’s All BS!’


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