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Karl Rove stirs up Second Amendment hornet’s nest; so what did he really say?

Republican strategist Karl Rove made an innocent — and wholly accurate — statement on “Fox News Sunday” that has ruffled the feathers of those on the right, the left and gun enthusiasts alike.

Groups that rarely agree on anything are claiming, or at least implying, that he’s calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment in the wake of Wednesday’s tragedy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

For example, the left was so excited it resorted to making up its own words.

AddictingInfo.com reported, “On Sunday, Karl Rove appeared on Fox News with a shocking message — one that will surely cause him to lose what support he has left among the extremist conservative horde of ammosexuals who feel that Second Amendment rights are more important than human lives.”

The opening salvo from a site dedicated to Indiana gun owners was just as shrill. It said, “Meet a domestic enemy of the US Constitution who CLAIMS to be a Republican. And he’s gonna push the Republican Presidential candidate on us?”

The political right, thankfully, was more circumspect, and for the most part only suggested Rove called for repealing the right to bear arms.

Truth Revolt and The Daily Caller, both highly respected publications, ran with misleading headlines.

Truth Revolt’s said, “Rove: Only Way to Reduce Violence Is Remove Guns from Society.”

The Daily Caller’s headline was similar. It shouted out, “Karl Rove: Only Way To Stop The Violence Is To Repeal Second Amendment.”

That’s not quite what Rove said. He told Fox News host Chris Wallace that the only way to positively put an end to violence committed with firearms is to outlaw firearms.

But it won’t end violence — there are still knives, clubs, automobiles and a whole host of other items that can be used to kill or maim.

And Rove added that, “I don’t think that (repealing the Second Amendment) is an answer,”

After Wallace brought up the Charleston tragedy, he asked, “How do we stop the violence?

Rove replied:

I wish I had an easy answer for that, but I don’t think there’s an easy answer.

We saw an act of evil. Racist, bigoted evil, and to me the amazing thing is that it was met with grief and love. Think about how far we’ve come since 1963. The whole weight of the government throughout the South was to impede finding and holding and bringing to justice the men who perpetrated the [Birmingham] bombing.

And here, we saw an entire state, an entire community, an entire nation come together, grieving as one and united in the belief that this was an evil act, so we’ve come a long way.

Now maybe there’s some magic law that will keep us from having more of these. I mean basically the only way to guarantee that we will dramatically reduce acts of violence involving guns is to basically remove guns from society, and until somebody gets enough “oomph” to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s not going to happen.

After adding, “I don’t think that’s an answer,” Rove brought up what he thought the answer was — at least in the case of the Charleston mass murder.

“There were so many warning signs here,” he said, and listed Roof’s friend “that knew what was in his heart,” as well as his “parents who didn’t pay attention,” and “a community that had given up on him.”

He concluded by saying, “I wish that some of those people had spoken up and said, ‘here’s somebody who’s in trouble.’”

Here’s the video — check it out for yourself.

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