The hosts of Fox & Friends on Friday lashed out at President Barack Obama, who they said took a “cheap shot” by reminding Americans that Congress had taken no action on gun control in the months after the killings in Newtown, Connecticut.
At a White House event on Thursday, the president had departed from his prepared remarks to ask “everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it.”
“There are some powerful voices on the other side who are interested in running out the clock, or changing the subject,” Obama said, adding, “Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”
“Who’s forgotten?” Fox & Friends guest host Eric Bolling asked on Friday. “I mean, it’s a tragedy, we’re all heartbroken. Why would President Obama say, ‘Shame on us if we’ve forgotten’? No one’s forgotten Newtown. We all remember Newtown. What’s his point?”
Co-host Gretchen Carlson noted that the president may have been reacting to polls which indicated that support for stricter gun control laws had dropped from 57 percent after the December shootings to just 47 percent last week.
“Cheap shot, though,” Bolling quipped. “A false argument. Polls for additional gun control are one thing, forgetting about the 20 children and six adults that died in Newtown are another.”
“What would have changed the outcome at Newtown had President Obama’s proposals gone into effect? Nothing,” the Fox News host continued. “Those guns, that ammunition was bought legally. There were background checks done on Adam Lanza’s mother when she purchased those.”
“That changes everything,” co-host Steve Doocy agreed.
But Neil Heslin, the father of a student killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, on Thursday told MSNBC that his son might be alive if Lanza had not had access to an assault rifle and high-capacity magazines to fire over 150 rounds in a five-minute period.
“It’s not one change that’s going to make a difference,” Heslin explained. “It’s not about the Second Amendment. It’s about banning one type of weapon that doesn’t belong in the hands of civilians. It belongs in the battlefield or the military. If the magazines that were used in Sandy Hook Elementary held ten rounds instead of 30, there would have been more survivors. Maybe my son would have been alive today.”
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast March 29, 2013.