Just a day after Fox News host Gretchen Carlson echoed President Obama’s calls for more common sense gun laws, her colleague Bill O’Reilly is doing the same.
O’Reilly condemned the “American Left” for not declaring war on the Islamic State and opposing the Patriot Act, among other things. He said their war on the Second Amendment is a war on a measure to help keep Americans safe.
But O’Reilly also harshly criticized the right for turning a blind eye to crimes involving guns.
“There is too much gun crime in the USA, and high-powered weaponry is too easy to get,” O’Reilly said.
O’Reilly and others seem to consider the AR-15 as a heavy weapon. “That’s the fact. So let’s deal with it. We all have the right to bear arms, but we don’t have the right to buy and maintain mortars. Even if you feel threatened by gangsters or a New World Order. No bazookas, no Sherman tanks, no hand grenades,” O’Reilly said.
Implying Congress does indeed have the power to act, O’Reilly said, “That’s because the Second Amendment clearly states the government has a right to regulate militias, made up of individuals. They have that right in the name of public safety. Therefore, Congress should debate what kind of weapons should be available for public sale.”
But O’Reilly leaves open the possibility for states to decide which concealed carry laws should be enforced. “And the states, the individual states, should decide what kind of carry laws are good for their own people,” he said.
Departing from more conservative views such as those held by the NRA (which insists the federal government should enforce laws already on the books), the Fox News anchor said, “New laws are definitely needed in the age of terrorism and mass murder. The FBI and other federal agencies need the power to stop suspected terrorists or other evildoers from buying weapons. That law needs to be very precise.”
Putting some of the responsibility on the sellers of guns, O’Reilly said, “Also, gun dealers all across America should be required to report the sale of certain kinds of guns, heavy weapons, directly to the FBI. Not handguns, not talking about that, but other weapons that would be defined by Congress.”
Speaking to the common sense nature of his own proposals, O’Reilly concluded, “That is a sane approach and would make it a lot tougher for the Omar Mateens of the world to get the weaponry to kill.”