The mass shooting in Texas over the Labor Day weekend — which is not to be confused with the mass shooting in El Paso a mere month prior — has again left the nation shocked. The killing of seven during a rampage, using guns purchased without background checks, has once again reignited calls for gun control legislation from those sick to death of being afraid of death. And yet throughout the many, many, many massacres, and the untold innocent people murdered, pro-gun types have stood their ground. One of those is Meghan McCain.
The politician’s daughter-turned-morning TV pundit returned to her duties on The View Tuesday morning, kicking off the new season by doing what she does best: getting into a tussle with professional nemesis Joy Behar. The group was discussing the latest gun massacre, falling into inevitable formations: Everyone against McCain.
Meghan McCain, after saying there will be "violence" in America if the AR-15 is banned because it's "the most popular gun" in the country, then declares that she's "not living without guns." pic.twitter.com/YlDtQwkFr0
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 3, 2019
As Behar and all others not descended from the late John McCain bemoaned the fact that elected officials have done nothing to curb an infestation of gun violence, McCain tried to position herself as the sensible, clinical, worldly one, pointing out the AR-15 rifle, the one used time and time again in mass shootings, can’t be banned because it’s “by far the most popular gun in America, by far.”
Having just spent some time in Wyoming, away from Behar, McCain hipped them to her prediction of what would happen if the nation’s plethora of AR-15 would be deemed illegal, its owners forced to sell them back: “If you’re talking around going and taking people’s guns away from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”
When Behar pointed out that gun owners once lived happily without military-style guns, McCain wasn’t moved. “I’m not living without guns,” she declared. Fellow host Sunny Hostin reminded McCain that among the victims of massacres committed by assault weapons are children, prompting McCain to let out an annoyed, “Alright.”
Eventually, she gave up, for now, turned to the audience and let out a weary, knowing, almost self-effacing “Welcome back.”
Some agreed with McCain about one thing: First day back after Labor Day might not be the time for McCain to scare people with talk of violence against government agents.
I hate that first Meghan McCain back after a three day weekend.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 3, 2019
Jesus Christ, it’s the first episode of the season and Meghan McCain is already in full early-2000s-“I-didn’t-come-here-to-make-friends”-reality-TV mode.
What an obnoxious human being. https://t.co/VpKQQHvP76
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) September 3, 2019
Many wanted to remind McCain that there’s already plenty of violence.
"There's going to be a lot of violence" big-brained Meghan McCain says after 7 more people were murdered in a mass-shooting and 22 people were injured including a seventeen-month old. https://t.co/7OIwJ4Sfzn
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) September 3, 2019
Meghan McCain: "If you're talking about…going and taking people's guns away from them, there's going to be a lot of violence."
Who wants to tell her?
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) September 3, 2019
”I’m not living without guns.”
A baby gets shot in the face by an AR-15 in yet another mass shooting and all Meghan McCain can think about is herself. She’s the poster child for conservative entitlement. pic.twitter.com/6jJ74FOGwi
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) September 3, 2019
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) September 3, 2019
Just like @MeghanMcCain, I grew up shooting guns. And when my brother and I were careless about shooting cans in the direction of cattle, my dad whopped our asses and TOOK THE GUNS AWAY.
It's time for America to do the same with assault rifles. #TheView
— Kendally Brown (@kendallybrown) September 3, 2019
Meghan McCain is acting like a petulant brat. A 17 month old was literally just shot in the face and you have the nerve to roll your eyes and complain? https://t.co/gDyf46ouh2
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) September 3, 2019
Some found that her attempts at logic, if you will, had backfired on her.
Meghan McCain: "The AR-15 is the most popular gun in American. If you take them away, you're going to have violence."
Thank you, Meghan. This is one of the best arguments for why they should be taken away.#TheView
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) September 3, 2019
Some said that her statements betrayed her privilege.
Imagine if a Muslim or person of color said there will be violence if you take away their weapons.
This is the language of…extremism, no? https://t.co/EjCNnmVj82
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) September 3, 2019
Others made jokes about the person she defers to the most: her dad.
has meghan mccain mentioned that she's john mccain's daughter? its a little-known fact.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 3, 2019
The fact that a senator’s semen was involved in her creation is by no means sufficient reason for Meghan McCain to be consulted on anything ever about anything.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) September 3, 2019
As for McCain herself, she thought she did pretty good, even comparing herself to Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name, who also couldn’t keep his cool around Joy Behar.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 3, 2019
But others suggested McCain should maybe try another show.
They should make a reality show with Sarah Sanders, Meghan McCain, and Sean Spicer where they go to a deserted island and there are no cameras and they just stay there and no one ever has to hear from those assholes again.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 3, 2019