Did MSNBC's Chris Matthews Just Draw Connection Between Gun Owners and Political Assassins?
Yesterday on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews took on the issue of gun control, this time seeming to draw a parallel between the gun rights movement and people who support political assassins.
On the show, Matthews said, in part:
"I personally don't want to be part of a movement to keep those semi-automatics flying in the hands of all sorts of people as they are today; the hoarders, the survivalists, the paranoid, the criminal and the downright politically nutty. Why? Because the next mass shooters could very well come out of this pack. [...] Look at the men who shot Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King and Malcom X and George Wallace. They all had political motives and they all had guns. Got them easy and put them easily to use. And if you're not against this movement, you're with it."
On today's 'The Five,' the crew reacted to his remarks. "What is this man talking about," Kimberly Guilfoyle blasted.
While Bob Beckel responded, saying that while he "happens to like" the liberal host, he conceded that he "does do things like this to draw attention to himself." However, Beckel contended that it's just where the extremes in the debate have gone.
"He's almost saying if you're not against these assassins, then you're with them and you're, I don't know, in favor of assassinating the president," Eric Bolling said.
Watch the remarks, and you be the judge: