In what seems to be a new low in the debate on gun legislation, Minnesota radio host Bob Davis said some pretty horrible things to families impacted by the Sandy Hook shooting, as well as other gun violence victims across the nation.
The despicable tirade was made on a Friday airing of Davis & Emmer, where the topic of discussion turned to how tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shootings turn family members affected by the violence into activists pushing for gun control legislation.
“And here’s the other thing that drives me crazy,” Davis started out. “They trot out the victims — and I have something I want to say to the victims of Newtown, or any other shooting. I don’t care if it’s here in Minneapolis or anyplace else. Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn’t mean that you get to put a king in charge of my life. I’m sorry that you suffered a tragedy, but you know what? Deal with it, and don’t force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss. I’m sick and tired of seeing these victims trotted out, given rides on Air Force One, hauled into the Senate well, and everyone is just afraid — they’re terrified of these victims.”
Davis added for good measure,
I would stand in front of them and tell them — go to hell.
The narrative that claims the Newtown families are being used as “props” is nothing new with figures on the extreme right of the gun control debate. In recent weeks, more and more conservative media personalities have been growing increasingly comfortable using the families as the target of their attacks in recent weeks.
So far, Davis has not offered an apology for his comments.
Listen to Davis’ comments in the audio below.