Fox News host Bill O’Reilly challenged the National Rifle Association and gun owners to be “reasonable” following President Barack Obama’s executive order on Tuesday concerning gun sale regulations.
“The FBI should background check anyone buying a firearm in America. That just makes sense,” O’Reilly said. “If you are paranoid and believe the government is stockpiling information so they can come to your house and take your guns, that’s your problem — your problem. But the government has an obligation to enhance public safety.”
However, the Factor host also said that Obama’s order tightening regulations for background checks on gun sales did not address “the bigger picture,” arguing that gun crimes are committed by “hardcore criminals” or the mentally unstable, who were not likely to submit to background checks.
Unlike his colleague Andrea Tantaros, O’Reilly said he believed Obama was sincere in his desire to increase public safety. Instead, he argued that anyone convicted of using a gun while committing a crime should receive a mandatory 10-year sentence on top of their sentence for the crime.
“You simply can’t leave sentencing to local judges if you want to control gun violence on a national level,” O’Reilly said. “You can’t do it.”
He did not mention that there are already federal mandatory sentences in place for such offenses.
Watch O’Reilly’s commentary, as aired on Tuesday, below.
[h/t Media Matters]
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"Number two, the president of the United States refused to condemn white supremacy," he continued.
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Trump causes widespread shock by refusing to call out white supremacy at first 2020 debate
President Donald Trump was asked to call out white supremacy during the first 2020 general election presidential debate -- and refused to do so.
Instead of calling out white supremacists, Trump instead said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!”
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's views on racism: