Hey, let’s get the military involved in domestic political issues! In the history of the world nothing’s ever gone wrong from taking this approach, has it?
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.
But Starr kept going:
Maybe liberals would think the line of questioning sounds scarier if it instead revolves around the 1st Amendment instead of the 2nd: “Why doesn’t the Pentagon get more involved in the debate about regulating free speech?” But for some reason liberals aren’t troubled by the notion of getting the Army involved in gun control.