[See NewsBusters for more.] While he was guest hosting Andrea Mitchell Reports on Wednesday during the 12:00 Eastern hour there was still a lot of information Garrett Haake did not have about the school shooting in Arlington, Texas, but that did not stop him from wondering if the state's "permissive gun laws" might have anything to do with it. Later, MSNBC contributor and former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi would declare that Haake need not worry about politicizing the issue so soon, because it is not actually political.
Speaking with Democratic Rep. Marc Veasey, who represents the area, Haake inquired, "whenever we have a shooting, particularly like this in a school, there are some who say in the immediate aftermath, it is too soon to talk about the politics of guns in this country and there are some who say if the shooting has already happened, it is too late to start talking about the politics of guns in this country. I don't have to tell you, Texas has some of the most permissive gun laws in the country. You’ve got a potentially an 18-year-old with a handgun at school. What do you make of the situation on the ground in Texas as relates to weapons laws and how it may or may not impact the violence like this that we see in a, in a suburban high school."