After a mass shooting that killed two at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend, there were plenty of hot takes on how easy it is to buy a gun in Florida and placing the blame for the shooting at the feet of Gov. Rick Scott and the NRA. The only problem: the shooter bought his guns in Maryland, a state with some of the most restrictive gun control laws on the books.

As Twitchy reported, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi dragged out the big video screen and did a segment on, yes, “how ridiculously easy it is to get a gun in Florida,” even after noting that the killer purchased the guns legally in Maryland. Dana Loesch called him out on the bait-and-switch.

So why didn’t Velshi do a segment on Maryland’s gun laws, since that’s where they were purchased? Because reasons, that’s why.

We’re all pretty sure what the point of the segment was.

Yes, why not highlight those, since they’re actually relevant to the case at hand?

Again, nobody with a brain misunderstood the “point” of the segment, which was utterly transparent. It is really too much to expect a journalist to report on facts relevant to the story he’s covering?


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