Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, smacked down Meghan McCain on The View Tuesday after McCain tried to lob a “gotcha” question at Abrams over her stance on gun rights.
McCain asked Abrams if she supported banning the AR-15, which has been the weapon of choice in dozens of mass shootings in the United States. Most recently, an AR-15 was wielded by a gunman who stormed into a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, killing 11 Jewish worshippers.
“I’m not anti-gun. My great-grandmother taught me how to shoot when I was growing up in Mississippi. I like trap shooting, I like target shooting,” Abrams replied. “I don’t hunt because I mostly eat chicken and that seems mean,” Abrams joked.
Abrams continued, adding that “most responsible gun owners understand that they have the responsibility for the firearms, and making sure that only responsible people have those firearms.”
Abrams said she supports “a background check” and a “mandatory 3-day waiting period” for firearms purchases, and that she believes “those who commit domestic violence and stalking should not have access to weapons.”
Abrams went on to say that “weapons of mass destruction” such as the AR-15 do not belong “in civilian hands.”
Following thunderous applause, Abrams was challenged by McCain on how she would implement a ban on AR-15s.
“Would you round them up?” McCain asked.
“We have had a ban on assault weapons before in the United States and I think that we should do it again,” Abrams fired back. “I think that there has to be a conversation of how it’s accomplished,” she added, “because we have to recognize that this is a national conversation.”
Abrams concluded by saying she supports the Second Amendment as “the law of the land” and that it’s possible to both “believe in responsible gun ownership” and support limits on the types of arms civilians are able to buy.
“When you can’t go into a synagogue or a church, or a school, or a movie theater without fear for your life,” Abrams charged, “there is something wrong with our system of gun ownership and we have to fix it.”
Watch the full segment below:
Twitter took notice of McCain’s final reply, “I appreciate your honesty, why you want to ban it,” as a sign that McCain wasn’t really listening. Many saw it as disrespectful.
I love Meghan McCain”s last sentence, while everyone was clapping…….”I appreciate your honesty, why you want to ban it.” She wasn’t listening to a word Stacey Abrams said. She just wanted to say as many times as she could, that Abram’s wants to ban them. She is disgusting.
— Jen (@Flick_68) October 30, 2018
Wow, Meghan McCain really can't let go of her single talking point. On the plus, the monochrome backdrop of "You're taking our guns" really makes Abrams' thoughtful, through discourse pop. https://t.co/ivOCHGygL9
— Persist! (@brainmist) October 30, 2018
Meghan McCain is so overmatched by Stacey Abrams. #VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare
— saydiesiam (@saydiesiamy) October 30, 2018
Look how fricken condescending Meghan McCain is acting. Ohh, I can't stand her ass. Great response from Stacey Abrams though. My youngest daughter voted for her yesterday. https://t.co/uT5CbNV46T
— Leaundra Ross (@LeaundraRoss) October 30, 2018
Does McCain think she's "outsmarting" Abrams by using obviously decisive rhetoric?
She sounds patronizing af 😑
— Ran Chu (@MadwitTY) October 30, 2018
Because McCain wasn't listening. She was just waiting for Abrams to finish so she could regurgitate a standard NRA talking point. McCain wasn't interested in having an adult conversation.
— Jerry Bailey (@ozarkbailey) October 30, 2018
Did McCain try to slip in there "I know you want to ban it?" even though Abrams just said she didn't want to ban all guns? Or did I mishear that?
— Julia Bricklin (@BricklinJulia) October 30, 2018
And McCain’s repetition of “I appreciate your honesty” is disgusting. She’s employing a tactic that suggests Abrams was coming clean, or generally is untruthful
— Beemus (@BeemusWhatsThis) October 30, 2018
The overwhelming consensus on social media is that Abrams nailed her response.