Fox News host Bill O’Reilly did something Thursday he never does when talking directly to the camera — he went off script, to deliver a strong Second Amendment message to President Barack Obama.
“You’re not going to change the Second Amendment,” he said. “I have a right to protect myself.”
O’Reilly was responding to the president’s angry and passionate plea for heavier gun restrictions following the mass shooting at an Oregon community college, Thursday.
“I don’t have a script here. I am just talking to President Obama right now,” he began.
He noted that the president’s adopted home city of Chicago has some of the highest murder rates in the country, while having some the the country’s strictest gun laws.
“You don’t even mention the carnage in Chicago,” O’Reilly said to Obama. “You mention the individual things, like what happened in Oregon. But Chicago, it’s like it doesn’t even exist.”
The Fox News host brought up the Second Amendment’s purpose — self protection.
“I have a right to protect myself, because there are crazed animals like the guy in Oregon,” O’Reilly said. “There are people like that who will come after innocent people for no reason. And you are going to deny me protection? If I live out in a rural Oregon … where the nearest cop is 40 miles away? I can’t have a gun to protect my family?”
Instead of enacting new legislation, said O’Reilly, greater effort should be made to enforce the laws already on the books. He also advocated for a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence for those convicted of a gun related crime.
“That’ll cut down on gun crime right away,” he said. “But it will never stop the individual nuts.”
Watch the video, via Fox News.
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