The aftereffects of mass shootings in America tend to follow a sad and predictable trend. Both parties condemn the violence and offer their prayers and thoughts, but only one party seems to be willing to do anything about the ease with which assault weapons can be obtained.
However, after the recent shooting in Orlando, it looks like things might take a different turn. While the GOP is still opposed to any form of gun control, several Fox News hosts are starting to call for stricter gun laws. One of them is long-time host Bill O’Reilly.
During his “Talking Points” segment, O’Reilly addressed the “right-wing” responsibility to deal with shootings such as the one that occurred in Orlando:
‘Now for the right-wing RESPONSIBILITY. There is too much gun crime in the usa and HIGH POWERED weaponry is too easy to get. That’s the fact. So let’s deal with it. WE all have the right to bear arms. But we don’t have the right to buy and maintain mortars. Even if you feel threatened by gangsters or a new world order. No BAZOOKAS. no sherman tanks. no hand grenades.’
‘That’s because the second amendment clearly states that the GOVERNMENT has the right to regulate MILITIAS made up of individuals. They have that right in the name of public safety.’
He went on to clarify what he believes to be the responsibility of the state and federal governments. He believes that the federal government should determine what kind of weapons are available for sale and states should decide on the requirements for carrying those weapons.
‘Congress should debate what kind of weapons should be available for public sale. And the states, the individual states, should decide what kind of carry laws are good for their own people. New laws are definitely needed in the age of terror and mass murder.’
O’Reilly isn’t the only Fox News host to come out in favor of stricter gun laws. Last Tuesday, Gretchen Carlson called for Congress to renew the assault weapons ban. Fox viewers did not take kindly to this and attacked her for straying from the Republican stance. Despite this, Gretchen stood firm and told her critics “maybe it’s time for more of us to start getting real and try to come together to actually get things done.”
You can check out Sam Seder’s take on O’Reilly’s comments here:
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