There are few things in this world that are guaranteed. The stupidity of Tucker Carlson is one of them. Today on FOX, Carlson slammed his own network for the unthinkable crime of broadcasting a report aimed at parents, reminding them to ask if guns were secured in friend’s homes before their children visited. Why?
Because according to the laws of whatever alternate reality Carlson lives in, more children died in bathtubs than from guns.
As part of an ongoing series of reports on firearm safety around children, Fox’s Heather Nauert spoke to a woman who lost her son to an unsecured gun at a friend’s house. The woman is now pushing for legislation in New York State that would require firearms be locked away.
After the report, Carlson complained that “far more children died last year drowning” than were “accidentally killed by guns:”
The point of that package was, guns are scary, gun owners are a threat to you and your children. And the truth is, while a child’s death is the worst tragedy imaginable, far more children died last year drowning in their bathtubs than were killed accidentally by guns.
Carlson continued, just to put it in “perspective,”
So, I would like to see a package on, do you have a bathtub at home? Because I need to know that before I send my child over to your house. A little perspective might be helpful.
Yes, let’s talk perspective. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, from 2006 to 2010, an average of 87 young children under the age of 5 died per year due to drowning in bathtubs, for a total of just over 400. Meanwhile, according to a report by the Children’s Defense Fund, 2,967 children died from guns alone in 2010; when you factor in the children and teens injured, the figure jumps to 18,270 — that was a child or teen injured due to guns every 30 seconds.
And that’s just 2010.
Co-host Clayton Morris pointed out that Fox & Friends (aka Paste Eating Time with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade), covered swimming pool safety earlier in the summer, leading Carlson to exclaim: “how about bathtub safety?”
With Morris’ encouragement, Carlson dived into a diatribe, stating that places with the highest percentage of gun owners are also the safest places. “You’re not going to get hurt in Maine or Wyoming or Vermont,” Carlson said, adding that “if somebody asked me [if I have a firearm at home] — I find that a very personal question. It’s something government wants to know because they would like to disarm you. Because it’s something that I’m not comfortable talking about with other people. And I would be offended by that question.”
How nice of him to put his own personal feelings above the safety of children.
Not only does The Government™ want to disarm you, Carlson, but they’ll probably be sending gay fascists to do it, too.
Watch Carlson’s idiot rant.