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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"You were there, you were inside the White House for that meeting," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What unfolded exactly?"
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MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Steele about what it would take for Republicans to serve as a check on the president.
"I think the only way to make him change his mind is -- he’s got to think they might walk," Todd said.
"Well, that would require a level of moxie that we haven’t seen from the leadership," Steele replied.
"On the foreign policy space, I think that’s the one area where we’ve seen people actually start to push back rhetorically," he noted. "But I don’t know if internally they’ve really sat down with the president and go, 'This is how damaging this is, this is how troublesome it is, and this is the problem you’re having inside the caucus.' I just don’t — at least from the folks I’ve talked to, I haven’t gotten the sense they’ve gone there yet."