Joy Behar is fed up with the excuses for the reasons behind mass shootings, insisting there is only one cause: the assault weapons used to carry out the crimes. On today’s episode of The View, the co-host snapped during a conversation about conservatives placing blame for mass shootings on mental illness, repeatedly yelling at one point, “It’s the guns, it’s the guns, it’s the guns!”
As the panel discussed the stark difference in responses to mass shootings between political parties, co-host Sara Haines said, “When guns come up, there are two things that happen: the left goes to the gun, and the right goes to mental health. What I will say is, the left at least then proposes legislation on how we can solve the gun problem. The right says mental health, and they do nothing for mental health. They take money away from mental health [programs].”
Behar shot down Haines’ comments, replying, “Sara, sara, we both know, and everybody knows, that mentally ill people are everywhere in the world. This is the only country where they shoot people.”
As Haines began to defend herself, Behar cut her off completely. “Oh, stop with the mental health,” she said. “It’s an irrelevant point!”
Later in their discussion, Behar once again lost her patience with the topic of mental health as conservative guest co-host Tara Setmayer clashed with Whoopi Goldberg. Setmayer argued, “even if you remove the AR-15, they can use handguns,” pointing to the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, while Goldberg retorted, “a handgun does not turn people to dust.”
Behar interrupted the two and rehashed points made on yesterday’s show about a spike in gun violence when gun legislation that first passed in 1994 later expired in 2004. According to a study from the NYU School of Medicine, the number of mass shootings in the U.S. was “reduced” while the ban was in effect.
“We heard yesterday … the statistical information of the time that these things were banned and then what happened afterwards when the ban was lifted,” Behar told her co-hosts.
As co-host Sunny Hostin pointed out that mass shootings “spiked” once the ban expired, an exasperated Behar shouted, “it’s the guns, it’s the guns, it’s the guns, it’s the guns!” While Setmayer began to talk about shootings in inner cities, Behar waved her off and shook her head, repeating, “it’s the guns.”
The View airs weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.