CNN senior political analyst Kirsten Powers grilled firearms reporter Stephen Gutowski throughout a fiery dialogue about mass shootings on Wednesday. (Watch the video beneath).

The trade between the 2 got here after two high-profile mass shootings previously week together with the Club Q shooting that left 5 folks lifeless in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday and one other capturing that left seven people dead, together with the shooter, at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday.

Kasie Hunt, who hosted the CNN panel on gun violence in America, requested Gutowski whether or not entry to assault weapons or “a cultural factor” has led to the quantity of mass shootings in America.

He later obtained right into a testy back-and-forth trade with Powers, who pointed to the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban in 2004, after he mentioned the 2 latest shootings “present that it’s not nearly AR-15s.”

“I imply this is sort of a sport that you simply guys play,” Powers swiftly mentioned.

The quantity is on monitor to make 2022 the yr with the second-highest variety of mass shootings, CNN noted.