Campbell Brown: Why is Obama ‘singling out’ the NRA?

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:57 EDT
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Campbell Brown speaks to MSNBC
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Former CNN host Campbell Brown on Thursday suggested that President Barack Obama would be more successful passing gun control if he stopped “singling out” the National Rifle Association (NRA) and focused more on Hollywood and video games.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Campbell recalled that she had been talking with her husband — former Bush adviser Dan Senor — after the December mass shooting in Connecticut and realized that the debate “became so focused on gun control” instead of on Hollywood and video games.

So Campbell responded first with a column in The Daily Beast accusing “both sides” of “very unfortunate, even callous and disgusting, statements made by individuals who cannot help but use a slaughter of more than two dozen people, most of whom are children, to advance their ideology.”

And then on Wednesday, the former CNN anchor used an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal to lash out at the president for focusing “almost exclusively on passing gun-control laws, and not at all on one of the nation’s biggest promoters of violence: the entertainment industry.”

“I’m not going to defend the NRA, they have not done themselves any favors in this, but by singling out the NRA and making them the sole bad guy — gun owners, the sole sort of boogie man in this conversation — I think, and the president did try to address this in his speech yesterday, you created this divide in the country, this rural vs. urban,” Brown told MSNBC. “And the lecturing that came from a lot of urban leaders felt like a tinge of cultural disdain.”

“So, I don’t know if we would have gotten any further, if the bill would be any stronger if it would have been more comprehensive, but I do think it would have put everybody in the fight together and potentially not divided the country,” she insisted.

Watch this video from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, broadcast April 4, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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