CNN’s Don Lemon: By Not Owning a Gun, ‘Are We Setting Ourselves Up to Be Sitting Ducks?’

Speaking with radio host Tom Joyner this morning on, CNN anchor Don Lemon admitted that a recent study about mass shootings in America has made him rethink his positions on gun control.

“Let’s remove the politics and truthfully talk about gun laws, about gun violence,” Lemon began. Citing a recently-completed Centers for Disease Control study on gun violence, the CNN anchor asserted, “Mass shootings are not the problem. They account for a very small fraction of firearm related deaths.”

According to the study, since 1983 there have been nearly 80 single-perpetrator shootings with four or more deaths. “That’s about 560 victims, people who have been killed, since 1983. Thirty years,” Lemon said.

“You know how many people died from non-mass shooting events, four or more people, between 2000 and 2010?” he then asked. “335,000 people. “And the vast majority of those victims didn’t die from those so-called ‘military-style assault weapons’ that people rally against so much. Instead they died from handguns. Handguns are used in more than 87% of all violent crimes. And, in fact, handguns accounted for the most, most of the murders, the manslaughters, the incidents in this country.”

And so, he declared, the study proves that “people in the military, people who are hunting, are not for the most part the people who are killing other people and themselves in this country.” He added: “You have a better chance of getting shot walking down your street, getting into an altercation, or getting robbed in cities like New Orleans, Detroit, Baltimore, Miami, D.C., Atlanta or Cleveland than you do getting shot or killed in a mass shooting.”

Lemon wondered aloud whether the failure of lawmakers to “step up” and impose stricter gun registration and background check laws might mean “that by some of us not owning a gun, or at least embracing the idea of one, are we setting ourselves up to be victims in a movie theater, a school, a public building, most of all in our streets, in our own neighborhoods, and in our own homes?”

“And armed with just our cellphones, our fists and our wits, are we setting ourselves up to be sitting ducks?” he asked. “Defenseless in the face of a sane, or an insane person, armed to the teeth and bent on killing.”

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