A major anchor at CNN found herself in hot-water Wednesday morning after she publicly encouraged politicians and average Americans to “stand up” to the National Rifle Association; going so far as to praise a major sporting goods retailer after their decision to stop selling “assault-style weapons.”
CNN’s Erin Burnett posted her “impartial” and “balanced” message on social media after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced their new gun guidelines; refusing to sell AR-15-style firearms and raising the minimum age for all purchases to 21.
“Politicians may lack courage to stand up to NRA. But Dick’s Sporting Goods, USA’s largest sporting goods retailer, will stop selling assault-style weapons and raise minimum age for all gun sales to 21,” she tweeted.
Politicians may lack courage to stand up to NRA. But Dick’s Sporting Goods, USA’s largest sporting goods retailer, will stop selling assault-style weapons and raise minimum age for all gun sales to 21.
— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) February 28, 2018
Burnett’s biased comments were called-out on social media within minutes, with the editor of the Washington Free Beacon sarcastically writing, “CNN hosts are not taking sides on this issue at all.”
CNN hosts are not taking sides on this issue at all. https://t.co/m63cNp8WRY
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) February 28, 2018
FLORIDA FAIL: New Report Shows Sheriff NOTIFIED 45 TIMES About School Shooter
While the Broward County Sheriff’s Department struggles to downplay fierce criticism over their handling of the devastating school shooting that stunned southern Florida this month, new data shows the agency was notified at least 45 times regarding the gunman’s erratic behavior.
Despite Sheriff Scott Israel’s insistence that his agency received 23 calls regarding 19-year old Nikolas Cruz, records released by the department show at least 45 calls were made to the Broward County Sheriff’s office between 2008 and 2017.
The new details raise even more questions over how local law enforcement and the FBI missed multiple red flags that should have prevented Cruz’s rampage at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The FBI found itself in hot water this week over their response to “multiple tips” regarding Cruz, including information from a family insider that worried the gunman would “go into a school and just shoot the place up.”
Nikolas Cruz confessed to the deadly mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school on February 14; killing seventeen individuals and injuring scores more.
FLORIDA FURY: Gov. Scott SLAMS FBI, Demands Answers Over BOTCHED School Shooting Tip
Florida Governor Rick Scott called-on the FBI to publicly release information provided to the bureau just weeks before 19-year old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at a local high school; blasting the agency’s “inexcusable inaction” after it received specific information about the gunman.
Gov. Scott’s office released a statement Monday on the bureau’s “mishandling” of specific intelligence relating to Cruz, with one tip saying the shooter “possessed weapons” and may be in the final stages of planning a “school shooting.”
“Last week, our state and nation was shocked to learn of the FBI’s inexcusable inaction after receiving a tip informing them of Cruz’s desire to carry out a school shooting,” said Scott. “The FBI’s failure to initiate an investigation raises many questions, and the victims’ families deserve answers now.”
“Last week, I called on Director Wray to resign, and the FBI should release all records involving this terrible error. People in Washington tend to want to investigate, hold hearings and put off what truly needs to be done. Instead, someone needs to be held accountable,” he added.
The Governor’s comments come days after FBI Director Christopher Wray publicly admitted that his agency failed to follow “proper procedure” after it received information Cruz was planning his attack; pledging to prevent similar inactivity in the future.