Women of 'The View' -- Then & Now

"The View" debates gun reform after CNN's town hall draws both praise and criticism on social media.

"The View" got a little heated on Thursday when the co-hosts discussed the town hall CNN hosted in response to the Parkland, Florida shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

While Meghan McCain was "impressed" by the listening session earlier in the day between President Donald Trump, the friends and family of those killed during the most recent tragedy and school shootings at Sandy Hook and Columbine, she admitted she "had problems" with the larger scale debate Wednesday night.

"I'm the only NRA member at the table. I had problems with that CNN Town Hall last night," she said. "I give it up to [NRA spokesperson] Dana Loesch for taking the heat and going in there and being called a murderer and being screamed at."

Referring to Trump's discussion, she applauded everyone involved for staying "very calm and very measured," which she saw as a stark contrast to the "screaming rhetoric" she witnessed at Wednesday night's event.

Guest co-host Ana Navarro chimed in saying "nothing should be off the table" when it comes to talks about reform. "The mental issue should not be off the table, the FBI did have lapses here and most definitely, assault weapons ban should not be off the table."

"I want to talk about bump stocks, I want to talk about assault weapons," McCain agreed. "But last night, the crowd was cheering for the removal of all semi-assault weapons anywhere, which is a big difference between assault rifles and bump stocks."

"There are 7,000 people there in a community that is raw from a crime that just cost 17 innocent lives," Navarro added. "They are there, they are venting their emotions. You can't ask them to be restrained and to hold back their emotions, it's too damn raw."

"Dana Loesch is a friend of mine," McCain responded. "If we're going to have a respectful conversation between Second Amendement rights supporters and people on the other side of it, you can't be yelling, 'You're a murderer.'"

After a commercial, the debate continued. When Sunny Hostin and McCain got into it over fact checking (around the 1:40 mark), moderator Whoopi Goldberg intervened to calm everyone down.

"Stop, stop stop, everybody just stop, take a breath!" she said. "You can't talk at the same time!"

Joy Behar entered the conversation to say that she understands why people want to own guns, especially when it comes to protecting themselves. Her problem: "I don't understand why hunters and sportsmen need military style rifles."

McCain said she had "so much respect" for Joy's opinion, because it dispels the "impression that liberals want to completely remove the Second Amendment entirely."

Whoopi, a gun owner herself, closed the conversation with this:

"There is no reason why the NRA cannot work with these parents and students. When you say listen, we're looking at a lot of these school shootings, kids are coming out of houses with a lot of guns," she said. "Less 'You can't have guns,' but, 'Hey, maybe there's too many and we need to have a look at it.' The NRA has to hear it. I think it's important, I think everyone at the table wants everybody to have their best life. But my best life can't outshine your best life and if your best life says I need your help with this, we have to find a way to do it."

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