Not So Sunny Hostin: ‘You Cannot Be Pro-Life and Also Be…Pro-Guns!’

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Still broadcasting from the Bahamas on Wednesday, the cast of ABC’s The View celebrated President Joe Biden signing the bipartisan “gun reform” legislation into law. But while the rest of the coven was in good spirits, co-host Sunny Hostin was “the curmudgeon on the panel” and lamented that no other gun control schemes were likely to pass. She then lashed out suggesting that one can’t be pro-life and pro-gun.

“[W]e didn’t want to bury a positive development out of D.C. this past weekend. President Biden signed the bipartisan gun reform bill into law,” Whoopi Goldberg joyously announced. “And it’s not everything everybody wanted, but it is a start. Does it give you any hope?”

Both Ana Navarro and Sara Haines shouted out in excitement. “Yes!” the former exclaimed. “And I don’t say that easily. I don’t say that often, and I don’t say that readily.”

Adding: “This is exactly how things need to happen in Washington. Where Republicans and Democrats need to put partisan differences together and put their constituents’ interests and the interests of the country in front of anything else.”

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The View didn’t have this kind of enjoyment when Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) help create bi-partisan opposition to President Biden’s agenda or Democratic attempts to kill the filibuster.

Haines got her enjoyment from seeing the NRA not get the policy outcome they wanted:

Yeah. John Cornyn was saying – and he goes – You said, he said the quiet part out loud. So, we sit there and watch him say the NRA is not okay with any passage. Even the laws in Florida after Parkland, that did pass in a Republican, red state, a gun state. They passed it, and the NRA despised it. They did not want this to happen either.

“So, it shows you move the ball 20 yards, and then you move it 20 yards. You just keep moving it. This was a huge first step,” she touted.

But Tropical Storm Sunny rained on the parade.

“Look. I just, you know, I don’t think that we’re going to see much more movement on this, especially with the way the Supreme Court is going,” she bemoaned. “Because now you have Clarence Thomas writing an opinion that says, you know, you can have your guns anywhere. You can have them not only in your home, you can have them outside.”

She accused Republicans and the Supreme Court of “hypocrisy” because she couldn’t wrap her head around supporting the right to life and the right to bear arms. “Because if you truly are pro-life, you cannot be pro-life and also be pro-death penalty and be pro-guns! There’s just no way that that is consistent,” she whined.

And in her own contrived reasoning, Hostin seemed to suggest that being pro-gun equated to being pro-murder, thus she couldn’t understand how most conservatives could be pro-death penalty for murder:

HOSTIN: And when you think about the Republican Party, I mean, 80 percent of Republicans believe that the death penalty is appropriate, morally justified, when it comes to someone convicted of murder. And we know so many people are wrongfully convicted of murder.

GOLDBERG: Right.

HOSTIN: And then you have the Republican Party also being pro-gun rights.

It’s not hypocrisy when you understand that the right to bear arms encompasses the right to lawful self-defense to protect the right of life for one’s self, family, and others.

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The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

ABC’s The View
June 29, 2022
11:04:01 a.m. Eastern

(…)

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: But we didn’t want to bury a positive development out of D.C. this past weekend. President Biden signed the bipartisan gun reform bill into law.

[Applause]

And it’s not everything everybody wanted, but it is a start. Does it give you any hope?

ANA NAVARRO: Yes!

SARA HAINES: Yes, it does.

NAVARRO: And I don’t say that easily. I don’t say that often, and I don’t say that readily.

Listen. This is exactly how things need to happen in Washington. Where Republicans and Democrats need to put partisan differences together and put their constituents’ interests and the interests of the country in front of anything else.

They got together. They crafted a deal. It’s not everything Republicans want. It’s not everything the Democrats want. That doesn’t matter. If everything that’s in the bill – Do I think it’s enough? No, I don’t. But do I think everything in there is a good thing? Yes, I do. And I am just so happy that for the first time in over 30 years, the NRA chokehold on any type of legislation has been broken, and that to me is a good day.

[Applause]

HAINES: And we saw that quote the other day. Who was it that said the NRA – we played it on the show – the NRA won’t budge on anything.

NAVARRO: John Cornyn.

HAINES: Yeah. John Cornyn was saying – and he goes – You said, he said the quiet part out loud. So, we sit there and watch him say the NRA is not okay with any passage. Even the laws in Florida after Parkland, that did pass in a Republican, red state, a gun state. They passed it, and the NRA despised it. They did not want this to happen either.

So, it shows you move the ball 20 yards, and then you move it 20 yards. You just keep moving it. This was a huge first step.

SUNNY HOSTIN: I hate to be the curmudgeon on the panel.

GOLDBERG: Do you really? What’s up with you?

HOSTIN: Look. I just, you know, I don’t think that we’re going to see much more movement on this, especially with the way the Supreme Court is going, right? Because now you have Clarence Thomas writing an opinion that says, you know, you can have your guns anywhere. You can have them not only in your home, you can have them outside.

And I think we’re seeing such hypocrisy quite frankly from not only the Supreme Court, of course, but from Republicans. Because if you truly are pro-life, you cannot be pro-life and also be pro-death penalty and be pro-guns! There’s just no way that that is consistent.

And when you think about the Republican Party, I mean, 80 percent of Republicans believe that the death penalty is appropriate, morally justified, when it comes to someone convicted of murder. And we know so many people are wrongfully convicted of murder.

GOLDBERG: Right.

HOSTIN: And then you have the Republican Party also being pro-gun rights.

GOLDBERG: Right.

HOSTIN: Pro-guns. I just don’t think we’re moving.

(…)

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