Fox News Attacks Gun Rights

What a coincidence: Fox News, which recently abandoned conservatism for what was once called national socialism but is now referred to as “Making America Great Again,” appears to be turning against gun rights, just like its orange-faced idol. Bill O’Reilly is the face of the franchise:

O’Reilly stunned many viewers Tuesday night when he called for some measures of gun control to be implemented after the terrorist attack in Orlando…

[T]he Fox News host addressed the “right-wing responsibility” after the attack carried out by 29-year-old Omar Mateen using an assault weapon [sic] and a handgun.

“There is too much gun crime in the USA, and high-powered weaponry is too easy to get,” he said. …

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O’Reilly said new laws were “definitely needed” in the face of new terrorist threats and mass murders.

O’Reilly’s tune has changed dramatically:

The remarks represented a shift to the political left from where O’Reilly stood on the issue in January, when President Barack Obama announced executive actions aimed at gun control after the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack.

Back then, the news personality advocated tougher criminal sentences for those who commit gun crimes but no laws limiting the purchasing of weapons.

At that time, O’Reilly acknowledged that killers tend to buy their guns on the black market anyway.

Like the relentless promotion of Donald Trump, O’Reilly’s about-face may represent policy handed down from above.

On Tuesday, Fox News host Gretchen Carlson also expressed similar newfound gun-control sentiment.

“Every time we have a mass shooting we talk about guns. Right? Yes,” she said. “The Orlando massacre was terror. But there’s no doubt that Omar Mateen was able to kill so many people because he was firing an AR-15, a military-style assault weapon, a weapon easier to buy in the state of Florida than buying a handgun.”

It is impressive how many lies these liars can pile into a single sentence. Mateen did not use an AR-15. Nor did he use an assault weapon, which by definition would have select fire capacity. It is not easy to buy assault weapons in Florida or anywhere else — at least not legally. Good thing people don’t go to Fox News for factual information anymore anyway; most of its shows are useful only for keeping up to date on Trumpian talking points.

Obviously, preventing law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights will not keep guns out of the hands of Islamic terrorists. The San Bernardino killers made straw purchases. The Paris nightclub killers had no problem obtaining guns even in a country that does not value the right of self-defense.

Even if guns could be kept from terrorists, they would simply use different weapons. Did anyone call for a ban on box cutters after 9/11?

This is not about terrorism. It is about exploiting terrorism as a pretext to undermine our constitutional liberties.

Now opposing gun rights.

On a tip from Troy. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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