Republican lawmakers who wield weapons in their campaign ads drew scrutiny from CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday.

The “CNN Tonight” anchor explained how gun-themed spots released by the likes of Reps. Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Madison Cawthorn (N.C.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) weren’t really about defending Second Amendment rights as much as they were for campaign fundraising.

“Do you want to know what the point is? I wish I had some dollar bills here. Raising money is the point of it. It works. It raises the money. It’s one of those wedge issues,” said Lemon.

But the Second Amendment “doesn’t require us to submit to a lifetime of mass carnage,” added the anchor, reflecting on two mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia that killed a total of 18 people.

“That carnage is happening in our real life. Not their theater of the militia,” he said. “Not in their role-playing, because they’re playing roles. Playing a role there. Role-playing ads. Don’t play ‘good guy with a gun’ for your campaign ad while Americans are dying. Don’t play politics with our lives.”

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