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]
WATCH: Roger Stone greeted with ‘Lock Him Up!’ chants after getting sentenced to 40 months
Trump ally Roger Stone frequently led chants of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign -- but on Thursday, the table decisively turned.
After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, a crowd of people greeted the right-wing dirty trickster by chanting, "Lock him up!" outside the courthouse.
At least one supporter of President Donald Trump tried to get a "pardon" chant going, but they were drowned out by the louder "Lock him up" chants.
Watch the video below.
Meghan McCain laughs in Matt Gaetz’s face as the Trump-loving congressman flops on The View
Rep. Matt Gaetz loudly argued with "The View" panelists over President Donald Trump's pardons.
The Florida Republican immediately started an argument with Joy Behar, and conservative Meghan McCain laughed in his face for defending a possible pardon for Trump friend Roger Stone -- who was convicted of lying to Congress and threatening a witness in the Russia probe.
"Oh come on, congressman," McCain said, laughing as Gaetz sputtered. "Come on, he's the swampiest swamp creature."
Gaetz started shouting about former President Bill Clinton's pardons, and claimed the presidential pardon power was a vestige from the British monarchy -- which gave the "sovereign" the authority to extend "unlimited grace."
CNN’s Elie Honig praises DOJ lawyers for revolt against Barr: ‘Like students rising up against the oppressive headmaster’
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Thursday heaped praise upon Department of Justice prosecutors who disregarded many of the changes to sentencing guidelines for convicted Trump ally Roger Stone that were made by Attorney General Bill Barr.
When asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan for his reaction to the prosecutors' actions, Honig responded enthusiastically.
"I applaud what this prosecutor is doing," he said. "And as a DOJ alumni on the front lines trying cases, I'm so impressed by this. This is like the scene [in a movie] where the students rise up and push back against the oppressive headmaster."