‘Fox & Friends’ finds Obama ‘responsible’ for Ft. Hood shooting within first 24 hours

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 3, 2014 8:14 EDT
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Fox News host Steve Doocy
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The hosts of the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends on Thursday found a way to make both President Barack Obama and gun control “responsible” for a shooting at Fort Hood, less than 24 hours after it occurred.

Late Thursday afternoon, authorities believe Army Specialist Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded more than a dozen more before taking his own life in a shooting at the Ft. Hood military installation in Texas.

By the next morning, the Fox & Friends hosts were devoting much of their coverage of the tragedy to blaming gun restrictions on the base.

“There you have our soldiers not being able to arm themselves,” host Elisabeth Hasselbeck opined. “Still, if they have a weapon, they are to register it within five days of purchase, and obtaining it. But then that must be stored away in these lockers so that it cannot be carried on their person, therefore leaving them vulnerable.”

Co-host Steve Doocy noted that the military had decided to restrict sidearms on bases during President Bill Clinton’s (D) administration.

Doocy then pointed to the current Democratic president by quoting a conservative blogger: “Gateway Pundit, which is a way right-leaning blog, what they write this morning is, ‘The Obama administration is responsible for this mass shooting. They witnessed this before, they didn’t learn a thing. Gun-free zones are death zones. It is time to stand up to the lunacy.’”

“You know what? They protect all of us, but they can’t protect themselves,” the Fox News host said, adding that CNN’s Piers Morgan had tweeted that it was “such crap” for conservatives to keep hoping that “a good guy with a gun” would stop a bad guy with a gun.

“How profound,” co-host Brian Kilmeade quipped. “If you have a dumber tweet, please send it to us.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast April 3, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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