Talking Points: O'Reilly on Gun Control in the Wake of the Colorado Shooting
Guns, murder and the U.S.A. – that was the subject of tonight’s Talking Points Memo. Bill O’Reilly said that following Friday’s movie theater shooting, far-left ideologues are using the tragic event for their own political agendas by pushing for gun control in the United States. He referenced “uber-liberal” and public commentator, Bill Moyers, who has become “the poster boy for that movement,” according to O’Reilly.
Moyers spoke out after the massacre, saying, “The killer in Colorado waited only for an opportunity, and there you have it - the arsenal of democracy transformed into the arsenal of death and the NRA -- the NRA is the enabler of death -- paranoid, delusional, and as venomous as a scorpion.”
O’Reilly shot back at those comments on The O’Reilly Factor, telling viewers, “Moyers has no clue – no clue at all. He apparently believes that federal and state governments can actually control gun crimes. That’s so dumb it hurts.”
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He went on to point out that the city of Chicago has banned hand guns in public, but cited this statistic: “So far this year, 1,136 shootings.” In spite of New York State having the fourth toughest gun law in the country, in 2011, the New York Police Department confiscated nearly 4,000 guns – and that’s just in New York City.
O’Reilly said the reason is because perpetrators usually walk since the justice system is so chaotic and the jails are overcrowded. “And you know what Bill Moyers solution to that is?” said O’Reilly, “Let nonviolent criminals out, like heroin dealers. Yeah, that’s nonviolent. You’re a genius, Bill -- PBS very lucky to have you.”
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What should happen, says O’Reilly, is that “anyone who sells a heavy weapon or ammo should be compelled to report the sale to the FBI, it’s a felony if you don’t … it just makes sense in this age of terrorism.”
He put the current laws into perspective, “Here’s how crazy this is -- if you take a flight lesson, the feds get a heads up, but you can buy a machine gun and they don’t know.”
O’Reilly outlined two laws Congress needs to pass to make a dent in the current problem. The first is heavy weapon reporting and secondly, if someone commits a crime with a gun, it becomes a federal offense with a mandatory 10-year prison sentence upon conviction.
The truth is, said O’Reilly, is that criminals will always get guns, “so why do the far-left loons want to take guns away from law abiding citizens who want protection? The authorities can’t protect us, they react after we’re shot.”
He continued, “The Second Amendment is there for a reason, the Founding Fathers firmly believed that Americans should have the right to protect themselves.” Another note to Bill Moyers from O’Reilly, “This week marks the one year anniversary that some nut shot and killed 77 human beings in Norway! … Norway.”