MSNBC News Reader on Church Shootings: 'Inane' To Think Armed Citizen Can Make a Difference

Don't confuse Mika Brzezinski with the facts. She's anti-gun and is not about to let some stunning counter-evidence change her mind.

If ever there was an illustration of how an armed citizen can make a difference, it is the case of Jeanne Assam, [1] the brave woman who took out the killer at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. And yet . . .

On today's Morning Joe, Mika -- in newsreader mode -- dutifully reported the incident. But when Joe Scarborough sought to draw the logical inference, Mika put her anti-gun foot down.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Saved hundreds of lives!

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Yes, she did.

SCARBOROUGH [taunting]: Hundreds!

BRZEZINSKI: Alright. Police say it appears that shot only wounded Murray, that she only wounded him, and then he possibly took his own life.

SCARBOROUGH: One person with a gun can make a big difference.

BRZEZINSKI: Oh gosh, no! No, no, no.

SCARBOROUGH: Know what I mean? Know what I mean, Willie [Geist]?

WILLIE GEIST: They were quick to point that out yesterday.

BRZEZINSKI: No, no, no, no, no. Camera stays here.

SCARBOROUGH: One person with a gun in the right place can make a big difference.

GEIST [ever the conciliator]: For good and for bad.

SCARBOROUGH: For good and for bad.

BRZEZINSKI: You know, that is the most inane statement I have ever heard.

Mark Finkelstein is a contributor to the Media Research Center's Newsbusters blog.  Click here to see the original Newsbusters post with video.