On Thursday morning’s CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello brought on Erich Pratt, executive director for Gun Owners of America to argue with him about guns as the root cause of violence in the U.S. Unfortunately for Costello, her guest had facts ready to combat the journalist’s agenda and ably argued his point to where Costello had nothing left to defend her case.
COSTELLO: Nice to have you here. I just want to read you some statistics. Every year, more than 100,000 people are victims of gunshot wounds. And we should point out that that number does include suicides as well. According to the CDC, in 2013, more than 33,000 people die from firearms, every single year. Um, isn’t that too many?
Pratt then fired back, by citing CDC research that actually showed guns were being used in self-defense more often than they were being used to commit violent crimes. Costello argued against his point that the CDC even funded gun research but Costello cited a little-talked-about study from 2013 that liberal magazine Slate even wrote about as “surprising.”