CNN Asks If DOD Will Continue To Stay Out Of Gun Debate

By Tom Knighton

As if you needed yet another reason to distrust CNN, now it seems the network’s reporters don’t really understand how our government works. For example, one reporter at the Pentagon wants to know if the Department of Defense can continue to stay out of the civilian debate on gun control.

No, seriously.

CNN correspondent Barbara Starr on Thursday pressed Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White to explain why the Department of Defense is not more involved in the national debate on gun policy.

Starr asked White during a press briefing about the Pentagon’s role in the gun-control debate multiple times, referencing the fact that three of the victims in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, were Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets.

“The Pentagon has always stayed out of the civilian gun debate, but given the emotion in the country, the president’s involvement in it, the fact that three Junior ROTC young people were victims, and it does involve recruiting young people into the military, can the Pentagon really continue to stay out of the gun debate in this country, realistically?” Starr asked.

White responded that discussions about gun rights and possibly enacting tighter gun restrictions are for political leaders in Congress, the White House, and their counterparts at the state and local levels, rather than the military.

Starr wasn’t done.

She continued to push for an answer, seemingly demanding that the DOD get involved in the debate.

“Again, there is a sense that this is a subject right now that has grabbed the national conversation. I’m not sure anybody would dispute that, and young people who might want to be recruited, might want to consider the military, certainly are watching this,” Starr said. “We have seen Junior ROTC people in this situation. No one is suggesting that the Pentagon would have the Click to see the original article