On Wednesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo criticized rape survivor and Second Amendment advocate Kimberly Corban, saying "Only in America," in response to a video of Corban talking about wanting to protect herself and her family with the use of firearms. Corban has made a name for herself in the Second Amendment community because she's shared her powerful testimony about being unarmed when she was raped in college.
Only in America https://t.co/rPfsxGU8Gh— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 29, 2019
Second Amendment supporters and conservatives were quick to call Cuomo out for what he said. After all, it was evident that he had no idea who Corbin was or what she had endured.
Not sure what you mean by this. “Only in America” can a rape survivor protect herself and her family against any future threat? This is bad how? https://t.co/lnSzHICRny— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 29, 2019
Only in America can ivory tower @ChrisCuomo say such a thing about a rape survivor who never wants to be a victim again. @Kimberly_Corban bravely telling her story has literally saved the lives of other women through the Second Amendment. More listening: https://t.co/bMAYqSYjAG https://t.co/cMWUMdQF4G— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) May 29, 2019
Kim Corban is a rape survivor who is now choosing to tell her story & arm and protect herself. I think a real question is why so many men in the media always treat conservative women like our values, life experiences and perspective is some kind of joke. Like we are valued less. https://t.co/ky9QImMOeI— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 29, 2019
The rape survivor that Cuomo appears to be mocking has struggled with depression, PTSD and stress-related seizures as a result of the attack. https://t.co/RuVX091scK— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 29, 2019
Chris seems unaware that @Kimberly_Corban (the person in this video) is a rape survivor she & her husband were recently informed by police that an organized white supremacist group was plotting to assassinate them at their home. https://t.co/XYdfTzalEq https://t.co/R3Yoy03RLq— Ben (@BenHowe) May 29, 2019
It wasn't until Fox News' Janice Dean told him to explain himself that he finally decided to do so.
You might want explain this tweet a little better to those of us who’ve actually had to face predators in our own homes and defend ourselves without a big strong man like yourself?— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 29, 2019
And what he said is rather indefensible. Of course, he had to throw in the "I'm a gun owner" nonsense that the Left loves to use whenever coming after our Second Amendment rights.
1/2 You are right. No offense intended. Too short on twitter. “Only in America” are we still debating the legitimate right to protect oneself like you and many others vs sensible way to keep guns from wrong people. Only here can we not address the issues around school shootings https://t.co/74s8RxcHgo— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 29, 2019
2/2 in a way that respects the ill and also people who get guns legally (as I did) and use responsibly (as I). We are stuck with good people having to beg to keep a right and not getting done what is right for federal reasonable restrictions and mental health reform https://t.co/74s8RxcHgo— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 29, 2019
One of the most annoying things about anti-gunners is their desire for "common sense" gun control laws or "reasonable restrictions" because they can never name specifically what they want to ban or regulate and how that would stop mass shooting.
Cuomo knew he was wrong when he suddenly started responding to select people.
Of course I apologized for this negative attention that was not intended. You asked a question and I answered. That’s what should happen. This place and sadly this issue brings out the worst in too many. No need. Not helpful. https://t.co/4igqSG8dTL— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 29, 2019
Read what I tweeted. You have my intentions wrong. A survivor story and the right to bear arms is not where we are stuck...We can’t get past this deadlock on all or none to make reasonable changes to help reduce deadly violence. Happy to talk if you have more questions https://t.co/y0VIsW4VYC— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 29, 2019
And suddenly we're supposed to know what he means.
You know I didn’t mean that. I am a gun owner. Thus I see a legit right to bear and that is clear in law. Why pretend I am some heartless hater? I expanded what I said and there is no reason to twist it here. I know that’s what Twitter is but it solves nothing https://t.co/px17cI5Qvr— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 29, 2019
In fact, he replied to everyone but Kimberly Corban.
Here's the thing folks: those who are adamant about infringing upon our Second Amendment rights are usually people who:
A) Know nothing about firearms or how they function.
B) Don't know the current laws on the books.
C) Don't understand how a firearm is purchased and the process associated with it.
D) Don't know what is and is not banned.
E) All of the above.
One of the things that frustrates gun rights advocates the most is the fact that these people try to disguise themselves as gun owners who are simply wanting to "do the right thing" (whatever the hell that means). They say, "I'm a gun owner but..." before they call for high capacity magazine bans, red flag laws and an assault weapons ban. They want all of these things but they never address the root of the problem: criminals wanting to get their hands on firearms and the fact that they get them on the black market.