Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued over the weekend that President Barack Obama should have to give up his armed Secret Service security detail if he was going to be pushing for gun control.
On Saturday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Carlson suggested that the president had used the recent massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston to advance a “political” agenda against guns.
“The president has said a number of times guns are the problem, guns cause violence,” Carlson complained. “There’s nobody in the world surrounded by more armed people than President Obama himself. I notice he’s not suggesting the people around him disarm. He wants to remain protected, but the rest of us have to go without means to self-protection.”
Left-leaning Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene found Carlson’s remarks offense.
“To say that the president of the United States is hypocritical because he has people with guns around him, Tucker, that is beneath this discussion,” Green explained. “You are trying to compared Secret Service armed people to someone who walks into a church and kills nine people.”
“And to say the president doesn’t have a right to talk about gun control because people with him have guns?” she continued. “Is that literally where we are as a country, to compare that he shouldn’t have protection?”
“The president’s position is that guns cause violence, guns are inherently bad and dangerous,” Carlson opined. “The rest of us need to disarm and not protect ourselves. And he’s exempt from that?”
“The president did not say guns are inherently bad,” Greene replied. “The president is saying we’ve had this conversation too many times and there is something we can do about it. There was something we could do about it after Newtown, there was something we could have done about it after Columbine.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast June 31, 2015.