SE Cupp quits NRA, says we must 'do something' about guns

Conservative CNN host S.E. Cupp on Saturday announced that she quit her membership to the National Rifle Association (NRA) following a series of mass shootings. 

“For years, as you might know, I’ve gone on television and made the case for the Second Amendment — the right to bear arms,” Cupp said. “I’ve pointed out that criminals don’t follow gun laws and I’ve defended the NRA and its members, law-abiding gun owners like me who have nothing to do with mass shootings or violent gun crimes. I’ve done that because I am a gun owner and a gun rights advocate and I believed it was true.”

Cupp announced that she was no longer a member of the pro-gun rights group because “being right no longer felt righteous,” adding that “we must do something about guns."

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She spoke in favor of measures like universal background checks, banning large drums of ammunition and blocking domestic abusers or white supremacists from having access to guns.

“I am so sick and tired of participating in this predictable cycle of politics, where a mass shooting happens, the left calls for new gun laws some meaningful, some unproductive the right yells ‘slippery slope’ and hides behind the Constitution,” she said. “Nothing happens, nothing changes. And with the next mass shooting, we do it all over again.”

The conservative commentator became emotional on-air when she spoke of the recent shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that left a 2-month-old baby orphaned when his parents were among the 22 people killed.

“I know, I will be accused of letting my emotions get in the way of facts here. I’ve made that accusation before,” Cupp said through teary eyes. “But this is an emotional issue. How could it not be? In fact, it should be more emotional.”

She made a plea for her friends in the Republican Party and the NRA to join her.

“Let’s start with emotion. There’s a lot we can accomplish if we start as humans, not NRA lobbyists or gun control lobbyists. Not special interest groups or politicians but as humans,” she said. “Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends, colleagues. Because we have everything to lose if we don’t.”

The passionate monologue from the former HLN host marks a change from her previous criticism of how cable news hosts reported on the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting in 2018.

“If you turned on cable news last night and this morning, it’s safe to say you didn’t get the news,” Cupp previously said. “That’s because, when it comes to guns, news anchors take off their journalist hats and put on their activist hats.”