Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera is receiving some blow back for saying the victims of the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting should have fought back.
Forty-nine people were killed in Omar Mateen’s attack on the Pulse gay club early Sunday morning.
The veteran newsman said on Fox and Friends Monday morning from near the site of the attack, “When you’re in that situation and you have no weapons you have two choices. If you can’t hide and you can’t run there’s only two choices – you stay and die or you fight.”
“For God’s sake, fight back. Fight back. There’s a hundred people that he murdered with one weapon that he reloaded,” exhorted Rivera.
“When he reloaded, they must – people must, America must understand, we are at war with Islamic terror, with these terrorists,” he added. “We’ve got to stop them in Raqqa [in Syria], we’ve got to stop them in Mosul [in Iraq] and we’ve got to stop them in the Pulse Orlando [nightclub].”
Many found the correspondent’s statements inappropriate.
Actress Holly Robinson Peete tweeted:
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) June 14, 2016
Artist and actor John Lurie stated more simply:
Someone slap Geraldo Rivera in the face.
— John Lurie (@lurie_john) June 13, 2016
Daily Beast reporter Matt Wilstein argued that Rivera was not being realistic by “equating the battlefields of the Middle East with public spaces in the U.S. like the Pulse nightclub, whose patrons had no reasonable expectation of violence nor the training or capability to ‘fight back’ against a shooter armed with a rifle capable of firing dozens of rounds in a matter of seconds.”
There have been some reported instances during the past year of unarmed people fighting back against a shooter, though most had military training. An Army veteran held off the Oregon campus shooter in October for a period of time, taking multiple rounds to his body and likely saving lives.
Last August, an active-duty U.S. Air Force serviceman, along with an Army National Guard soldier and their civilian friend, rushed an armed terrorist on a Paris train. Thankfully, after the terrorist fired off some rounds, his gun jammed, and the men were able to subdue him and thwart his attack.
h/t: Daily Mail