It all kicked off when the controversial conservative pundit went on Twitter to slam the “shameless Democrats [using] tragedy to push for more gun control” following the latest U.S. mass shooting. A shooting at UNC Charlotte on Tuesday has left two people dead, with four others wounded.
Lahren also lashed out at Rep. Eric Swalwell, the California congressman and presidential candidate who has supported stricter gun control measures. After Swalwell responded to the Charlotte shooting with a tweet calling for “action on gun safety in [victims’] honor,” Lahren fired back that gun reform wouldn’t prevent “crazed, hateful maniacs” from committing crimes.
The Democratic politician responded to Lahren by referencing Australia’s strict gun laws. The country passed its National Firearms Agreement — which banned certain certain semi-automatic, self-loading rifles and shotguns — in 1996 in response to a mass shooting that year in which 35 people were killed. As Swalwell noted, they have not had a mass shooting since.
Just a one word answer please: how many mass shootings has Australia had since it banned assault weapons? Is it fewer than the 2,031 we have had since Sandy Hook?https://t.co/Ib2W1UjEpq https://t.co/lyrkuXLOQ2— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 1, 2019
Undeterred, Lahren tweeted back that the gun laws have not stopped Australians from owning more guns — a point many have noted actually supports Swalwell’s argument.
“So you’re saying that gun control laws will prevent mass shootings while not hindering legitimate gun ownership?” read one comment.
Did you know Australians now own more guns in total than they did before the 1996 crackdown? I’ll wait.... https://t.co/2vXeXP3d5j— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 1, 2019
While Swalwell is calling Lahren’s tweet “what losing an argument looks like,” Milano has thrown in her two cents. The former Charmed star schooled Lahren on why Australia’s approach prevents “unnecessary gun violence” and therefore should be adopted by the United States.
Cool! Toni! Yes! Australia has strict gun laws and they still own guns AND the country is safe from unnecessary gun violence. See how that works? Stricter gun laws means a safer country and people still get to have guns if they choose to. https://t.co/We8OO4NJID— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 1, 2019
In the process, Milano accidentally — she claims — called Lahren “Toni,” not “Tomi.” Though the actress blames spellcheck for the typo, the TV host’s name is often purposely botched by her critics, most notably by the rapper Wale, who delights in calling her “Tammy.”
Milano quickly added that she “meant no disrespect.”
Tomi. Sorry. That was spell check. Meant no disrespect on your name, @TomiLahren. 😆— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 1, 2019
`Lahren ignored the name flub, but did double down on her pro-gun, anti-immigration views when responding to Milano.
Naw it means more guns doesn’t equal more violence! And if you and your ilk insist on allowing illegals to invade our country, you best believe I will exercise my First AND Second Amendment rights! https://t.co/ffZAzZVTwd— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 1, 2019
Milano has yet to reply to Lahren’s rant.
One critic, however, did weigh in:
You ain’t gonna do nothin 😂— Toxic Thomas (@JTStar82) May 1, 2019
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