On June 2, people wore orange to promote gun violence awareness. In honor of the day, Kim Kardashian penned an open letter on her website advocating for harsher gun laws, which in part said:

We have imposed restrictions on a number of constitutional rights for the sake of protecting people in this country, including freedom of speech and the right to exercise religious beliefs, so why is the Second Amendment any different?

On Friday, NRA TV host Colion Noir released a now-deleted video in response and made an observation about the video she chose to post encouraging people to wear orange.

Noir said, “If you want to fetishize gun violence awareness by posting a half-naked video of yourself in an orange sweatshirt, more power to you, boo-boo.”

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He explained his problem isn't with her having an opinion since this is a free country, but rather the reasoning behind her opinion and offered his own rebuttal.

Gun Laws May Have Prevented Gun-Related Tragedies

In her open letter, Kardashian wrote, “In almost 20 years, our country has made very little progress in enacting laws that would help protect innocent Americans from people who should not have access to firearms.”

As part of her argument, she highlighted four gun-related tragedies — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, and Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

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Aside from banning guns outright, Noir claimed stricter gun laws wouldn't have changed at least three of those events and reasoned:

  • Columbine: Guns were bought illegally through a straw purchase.
  • Virginia Tech: Shooter passed a federally mandated background check in a state the FBI describes as “the leading state in reporting mental defective entries for said federal background check.”
  • Newtown: Shooter murdered his mom, then stole guns she legally owned.

People With Mental Illness Should Be Added to a National Database

Kardashian called out President Donald Trump for signing a bill that revoked a proposed regulation, which would have added 75,000 names of people with registered mental illness to a national background check database.

Noir acknowledged that it sounds bad but noted the term “mental illness” is really broad. He even used Kardashian's own narcissism, anxiety, and PTSD as an example that she could be considered to have a “mental illness,” although she may be fully capable of responsibly owning a firearm.

Certain People Should Be Restricted From Purchasing Firearms

Kardashian claimed she isn't “against guns” or “people owning guns” and admitted that her own security team is armed.

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She explained that she's simply for stricter gun laws and highlighted four groups of people who should have restricted access to firearms:

  1. People with mental illness
  2. Anyone previously convicted of a misdemeanor
  3. Those who have been subject to a temporary restraining order
  4. Those at a higher risk of committing gun violence

Noir noted that speeding tickets can be classified as misdemeanors and that “temporary restraining orders” can be taken out to stop someone from withdrawing money from an account that isn't theirs.

He added that the gun control nonprofit Everytown, which Kardashian supports, continuously tells black people they are at a higher risk of dying from gun violence than other racial groups. Therefore, he explained her fourth point means “black people shouldn't be allowed to own guns.”

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He admitted that he knows she doesn't mean this but tried to prove his point and said, “Do you see now how egregiously moronic your open letter makes you look?”

Noir ended the segment by justifying his need to respond because of the trend that people equate a false sense of authority to celebrities even when the person is “completely ignorant” of the issue and added:

“The one thing I'm absolutely not gonna let you do is exploit my Constitutional right under the Second Amendment.”

This isn't the first time the two have had a clash of opinions when it comes to gun control. During an episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kim encouraged her sisters, Khloe and Kendall, to get involved with Everytown.

In November, Noir reflected on the episode and said, “She keeps trying to bring her juvenile understanding of the gun control debate to the grown-ups table.”

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