Kimberly Corban was suffocated and raped in her dorm room at age 20. She has become a prominent gun rights advocate, saying that she protects herself and her family with a firearm and believes that it is her duty as a parent to do so.
The National Rifle Association tweeted out a video of Corban sharing her story. “Only in America,” Cuomo tweeted in response to the tweet, which featured Corban’s quote, “I’m a mother of two, and if a predator or anyone else tries to harm me or my family, they have to come through my firearm first.”
What was that supposed to mean? We know—there is no doubt about this, and Ethics Alarms has documented the fact—that Cuomo is really, truly, a dolt. He is the poster child for affirmative action for celebrity and politician offspring. An alleged lawyer, his every other reference to the law is incorrect. He has said that hate speech isn’t protected by the First Amendment. He is the perfect example of that horrible species, the stupid person who thinks he’s smart. CNN keeps him employed because 1) he’s cute, 2) he seems to be a nice guy, and 3) he’s a typical knee-jerk progressive. Reading his twitter feed is profoundly depressing. He is at once glib, earnest, and incoherent.
“Only in America” was widely interpreted as mockery, and since the apparent target was a rape victim, Nice Guy Chris was forced to turn the rusty crank that fires up his cerebrum and try to come up with some other explanation after catching some flack. Here’s what he said he meant, four hours later: ARGHH! Chris deleted both his tweet and his explanation of what it meant as I was typing this! It was addled blather about how only in America do citizens have a right to lawfully defend themselves but their government cannot agree on “reasonable” regulations to prevent misuse and oh yeah mental illness. That was MORE coherent than what Chris wrote.
UPDATE: After this was posted, a commenter tracked down Cuomo’s deleted “explanation.” I put in the comments what I had been planning on doing in the post before Cuomo deleted the relevant tweets while I was writing. Commenter Philk57 prevailed upon me to bring that comment into the main post, so here it is:
This what Cuomo wrote and took down:
“No offense intended. Too short on twitter. ‘Only in America’ are we still debating the legitimate right to protect oneself like you and many others vs sensible way to keep guns from wrong people. Only here can we not address the issues around school shootings in a way that respects the ill and also people who get guns legally (as I did) and use responsibly (as I). We are stuck with good people having to beg to keep a right and not getting done what is right for federal reasonable restrictions and mental health reform.”
1. “Keep guns from the wrong people” is a shocking statement from a lawyer. The law doesn’t distinguish between right and wrong people, nor does the Constitution. Felons forfeit the right to possess guns, but that’s based on being convicted of a serious crime, not being “the right people.’
2. In many countries, like Great Britain, “people like” her cannot own guns.
3. Is Cuomo criticizing the fact that in the US we get to debate? Sound like it…
4. He uses both “sensible” and “reasonable” to describe needed regulations, both common substitutes for actual policy suggestions from the “do something!” anti-gun crowd. A tell.
5 “Only here can we not address the issues around school shootings in a way that respects the ill and also people who get guns legally (as I did) and use responsibly (as I).” is literally gibberish…
6….As is “We are stuck with good people having to beg to keep a right and not getting done what is right for federal reasonable restrictions and mental health reform.” Both are word salads that don’t convey any substance at all.
Why did he delete this and the original tweet? I assume because, as often happens with Chris, his Peter Principle status was being exposed, and even though CNN appears to have infinite tolerance for hosts and contributors who once would have been sent packing and into less challenging fields like bicycle repair Thus he decided, or was told, that it would be simpler to destroy the evidence of his incompetence than to try to defend it.
I don’t want to be mean to Chris, but incompetent journalists do real damage, especially the kind that use a law degree obtained because of a famous father and a powerful brother to make trusting members of the public think he has more analytical skills than the average tuna fisherman.
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