“Too many loopholes that enable people to still get guns [exist]“
It kills me when conservative and libertarian minded people state that Fox News is “on their side.” While there may be some people employed by Fox News that hold libertarian views, the company has never shown themselves to be anything more than a New York City progressive corporation. People like Glenn Beck and Judge Andrew Napolitano no longer have shows on that network for a reason.
Currently, the citizens of the United States are in a struggle to maintain their natural rights to firearms and self defense as codified in the Constitution. The President, members of Congress and other elected officials are publicly stating they are pushing hard for a repeal of our rights. And guess what, Fox News seems ok with that.
In a recent episode of “On the Hunt,” Fox News correspondant Jonathan Hunt talked with Bradley Blakeman, a Republican strategist, and Basil Smikle, a Democratic consultant, about gun control.
“[The people] have a right to own a gun, provided that they meet the criteria in order to purchase that gun and to maintain that gun,” said Blakeman. The former head of Freedom’s Watch and advisor to President George W. Bush clearly doesn’t understand how rights work. Rights do not come with strings attached; you do not have to qualify yourself to exercise them.
The comments from Smikle were, of course, even less intelligent. He advocated for the confiscation of all “assault weapons,” and used the murder rate in Chicago as an example of why we need more gun control. I guess he is hoping that people don’t know that the city of Chicago already has curtailed the rights of law abiding citizens to own firearms to the point of practical non-existence.
But Smikle went farther. He advocated for background checks, not just in all cases of transfer from one party to another, but for all of the household members of a gun owner and for all of the neighbors of a gun owner. “Too many loopholes that enable people to still get guns [exist],” said Smikle.
Of course, Fox News host Hunt did not counter any of these statements with facts.
When the most pro-freedom position Fox News can find is one that would require you to qualify your rights, can you make the argument that Fox News is “on the side” of the American people?
Keep this in mind:
- Fox News is a New York City based, traditional mass-media corporation.
- Jonathan Hunt, the host, is from England, is based in New York City, and lists among his major media accomplishments stories on “fake tequila south of the border” and “how do pandas have sex?”
- Bradley Blakeman is the former Deputy Assistant to the President for Appointments and Scheduling, Vetting and Research, Correspondence and Surrogate Scheduling for President George W. Bush. (WTF kind of bureaucracy do we have to require such a position?) In his bio, he lists a license to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.
- Basil Smikle Jr is a political consultant and former aide to then-senator Hillary Clinton. He lists various clients such as Michael Bloomberg and the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation. He is based in…wait for it…New York.
Fox News is not your friend. They are no better than CNN, MSNBC or the rest. They merely use slight of hand to convince people they care about your freedoms. Why do you think Glenn Beck left Fox to start his own network?