"You don't move the narrative when you use language like this," says the conservative panelist on "The View."
The fight for stronger gun control following the Parkland shooting was the first topic of the day on "The View," following the March for Our Lives over the weekend. While discussing whether the march will actually lead to change, Meghan McCain said some of the language being used in the ongoing argument isn't helping anyone.
She specifically criticized an interview with Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, one of the teenagers who has become incredibly outspoken after 17 people were killed at his high school in February.
"I was curious all weekend if anyone who didn't already support the cause had their minds changed. Was there any NRA members, pro gun people who were watching?" McCain said of the #MarchForOurLives coverage. "I watched because I knew we would talk about it and I actually, there were a lot of comments coming out -- specifically from David Hogg, one of the big kids -- one of the things I would say is you don't move the narrative when you use language like this."
She then quoted his interview with The Outline from earlier this month, where he said, "It just makes me think what sick f–ckers out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children, and honestly just get re-elected. What type of shitty person does that? They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn't take action, because they all they see is dollar signs."
After then praising fellow Parkland student Kyle Kashuv -- who has opposed restrictions on assault rifles -- McCain added, "I wish we could have it where the rhetoric isn't that any of us could have blood splattered on our faces and your life perspective wouldn't be changed. I don't think it's productive."
"What if he feels that way?" asked Sunny Hostin, who previously said she was "very impressed" by the March for Our Lives. "I too was confused about the language that I heard from politicians, the language that I heard from Rick Santorum. The NRA spokeswoman said, if you're too immature to carry a firearm, you're too immature to make policy about firearms. I thought, well who is she listening to?"
Whoopi Goldberg then jumped in, saying the survivors are simply fed up.
"Here's the thing, these kids are not going to take it. They're sick of waiting for the adults to do it. They're letting you know and whether they're cussing you out or speaking beautifully, it doesn't matter, they're not willing to take this anymore," she said. "The same way you want them to understand why you have the right to have your guns ... you can't denigrate the way they feel. They feel like you've not been responsible out there, for them, because they keep getting shot up in school."
"There's something there that we all have to take a beat on and hear what they're saying," Goldberg continued. "They're not kidding, they're not going anywhere."
"They realize that the civilized language has been on deaf ears," added Joy Behar.
"I just think theres a lot of rhetoric coming out and for me, I don't see a lot of meeting in the middle," McCain said. "I found both sides going to their corners. Midterms will talk loudly."
"Yes they will, hope they're listening," Goldberg added, before the show went to a commercial.