Shannon Watts, founder of the anti-gun group “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America,” posted this tweet this morning asking if  the “open carry” of firearms is legal in Ohio, then why were John Crawford and Tamir Rice shot by police for “open carrying toys”? The implication being that Crawford and Rice were properly handling what the police believed to be real guns when the two were shot:

The above was then re-tweeted by CNN’s Sally Kohn.

Enter National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke with some ‘splainer journalism:

No, that wasn’t the point. At all:


Yes it does. Then Shannon Watts jumped back into the conversation:

But we’re not exactly sure what Kohn is thankful for. Is it that Cooked said he sometimes opposes the NRA or is it the more important part of this whole exchange where Cooke points out the false equivalency in the original tweet?

This is a pretty good example of a reasoned, sober debate that can be had on Twitter …  but it remains to be seen if Cooke really changed anyone’s mind.



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