Like many people on Wednesday, CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd could not discuss the school shooting in Florida without getting emotional.
In Mudd’s case, his emotions derailed him on live TV.
Mudd, who spent close to three decades working in the CIA and FBI, was talking to CNN host Wolf Blitzer about the shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland, Fla.
Mudd was speaking from a studio in Miami.
Blitzer asked what was going through his mind after the shooting.
“You think it’s antiseptic. It’s not ...” Mudd said.
“I have 10 nieces and nephews,” said Mudd. “We’re talking about bump-stocks. We’re talking about legislation.
“A child of god is dead. Can not we acknowledge in this country that we can’t, we cannot accept this?”
Mudd began to cry and turned away from the camera as he said, “I can’t do it, Wolf. I’m sorry. I can’t do it.”
“We’re going to get back to you,” Blitzer said as the cameras moved away from Mudd.
“You’re obviously, this is so emotional. Unfortunately it happens all too often,” Blitzer continued.
“And as a result people say we’ve got to learn some lessons. Unfortunately lessons are never, never learned,” Blitzer said.
Mudd returned later, composed, and reiterated that “the country is not serious” about doing something about gun violence.
“We know the answer, everybody knows the answer,” Mudd said. “In places like Japan and Western Europe, they do not have the violence against children that we have in this country.”
“We refuse to accept that we can learn from other countries,” he added. “It’s not that complicated.”