Whoopi Goldberg argued that American citizens should be deputized to report their neighbors if they believed those neighbors owned too many firearms or the wrong kind of firearm.
Goldberg and her co-hosts spent much of Wednesday’s broadcast of “The View” talking about the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas — and she suggested that guns should be subject to the Texas law that allows effectively “deputized” citizens to report people who might have participated in abortion procedures.
"Stop using guns to abort young lives," Whoopi says, calls for citizens to be "deputized" to report the neighbor whose "arsenal is too big."
Her reasoning? "This is America." pic.twitter.com/v1RAjc8cnf
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Goldberg began by blaming Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) for the school shooting, arguing that he had signed laws that made it easier for mass shooters to purchase and carry guns.
“Listen. I want to thank Governor Abbott because he signed 22 bills this year making it easier for mass shooters to buy, carry, and own guns in his state,” she said, pivoting to suggest that the abortion law be applied to firearms.
“So you sold an AR-15 at the gun show? See you in court. Does your neighbor have too big an arsenal? Call the cops,” Goldberg said. “Actually, let’s invoke some Supreme Court logic too. Alito says abortion’s not in the Constitution. Neither are AR-15s. So I guess the Constitution doesn’t cover them either. Life is so sacred, then stop using guns to abort young lives. Stop using guns –”
“And stop voting for Republicans,” co-host Joy Behar interrupted, prompting applause from the audience.
“No. Don’t stop voting for Republicans,” Goldberg pushed back. “But get better Republicans in there.”
Goldberg then went on to describe what a “better Republican” might stand for with regard to gun control, and it came out sounding a lot more like a moderate Democrat.
“People who are going to look and say, okay, we don’t have to have AR-15s, but I want to keep my shotgun because I still hunt. Okay. You can have your shotgun, but you can’t have your AR-15,” Goldberg explained. “If you are going to get all in my busines and tell me what my family can and cannot do, neither can you. They’re going to come for those AR-15s and you better get ready to give them up because this is America. We were supposed to be able to do things and be the people we wanted to be, and now we are in a crazy place.”
Goldberg concluded by complaining that nothing had been done since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, adding, “I think it’s time for the people to say, we’re going to take this to the courts, and we’re going to make you give these guns up because you don’t need to have them, and you don’t need – why isn’t there something that alerts someone when some kid goes in and buys, you know — somebody should ask. What do you want to do with this tactical gear? If you’re scared to ask that person, maybe you need to flag them.”