On this Friday’s edition of Fox & Friends, the panelists attacked President Obama for taking a “cheap shot” by reminding Americans that Congress had not taken action on gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
During a White House event this Thursday, the president ventured away from his prepared remarks and asked “everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it.”
“There are some powerful voices on the other side who are interested in running out the clock, or changing the subject,” Obama said. “Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”
“Who’s forgotten?” Fox & Friends guest host Eric Bolling asked incredulously. “I mean, it’s a tragedy, we’re all heartbroken. Why would President Obama say, ‘Shame on us if we’ve forgotten’? No one’s forgotten Newtown. We all remember Newtown. What’s his point?”
Co-host Gretchen Carlson chimed in, saying that the president may have been following polls that show support for stricter gun control laws had dropped about 10 percentage points last week.
“Cheap shot, though,” Bolling quipped. “A false argument. Polls for additional gun control are one thing, forgetting about the 20 children and six adults that died in Newtown are another.”
“What would have changed the outcome at Newtown had President Obama’s proposals gone into effect? Nothing,” Bolling went on to say. “Those guns, that ammunition was bought legally. There were background checks done on Adam Lanza’s mother when she purchased those.”
In an MSNBC interview on Tuesday, Neil Heslin, the father of a student killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, said that his son might still be alive if Lanza had not had access to an assault rifle and high-capacity magazines that fire over 150 rounds in five minutes.
“It’s not one change that’s going to make a difference,” Heslin said. “It’s not about the Second Amendment. It’s about banning one type of weapon that doesn’t belong in the hands of civilians. It belongs in the battlefield or the military. If the magazines that were used in Sandy Hook Elementary held ten rounds instead of 30, there would have been more survivors. Maybe my son would have been alive today.”
Watch the Fox & Friends Segment in the video below.