CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo thought he had a real sick burn on Wednesday when he mocked rape survivor Kimberly Corban on Twitter for saying she protects herself and her family with a firearm.
“Only in America,” Cuomo tweeted in response to a National Rifle Association video of Corban sharing about the night she was suffocated and raped in her dorm room at age 20.
Only in America https://t.co/rPfsxGU8Gh
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 29, 2019
“For the next two hours, I knew I was going to die, and there was nothing I could do,” Corban said in the video. “I’m a mother of two, and if a predator or anyone else tries to harm me or my family, they have to come through my firearm first.”
In 2016, Corban confronted President Obama during a CNN “Guns in America” town hall, saying protecting her family is a basic responsibility for a parent.
“I have been unspeakably victimized once already, and I refuse to let that happen again to myself or my kids. So why can’t your administration see that these restrictions that you’re putting to make it harder for me to own a gun, or harder for me to take that where I need to be is actually just making my kids and I less safe?” she asked.
It’s doubtful that Cuomo was sincerely remarking on the fact that only in the United States does a woman have a right to defend herself with firearms. In Cuomo’s world, it’s a shame that the United States does not have the strict gun control laws other countries do, preventing citizens from arming themselves against rapists and violent attacks.
The last time CNN injected itself into the gun debate, it did not age well. Days after the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, CNN hosted a town hall whitewashing the Broward County sheriff’s failings in the lead-up and aftermath of that tragedy, and turning a wild crowd against NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
Cuomo and CNN should probably stay out of covering or commenting on the Second Amendment rights that protect millions of Americans.