Fox News’ Tucker Carlson believes victims of the mass school shooting in Florida should stay out of the gun control debate and slammed the left for using the students.
Carlson argued that organizers and the media have made the student activists into “heroes” that “you’re not allowed to disagree with” during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday.
“The organizers would rather not get into all those details and they certainly don’t want to have all those debates,” he said, referring to the ‘March for Our Lives’ protests.
“And that’s why they are hiding behind the victims in the latest horrific school shooting. The kids are front and center by design, a handful of teens from Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida,” he said.
“They have a right to their views, obviously. This is a given. This is one of the rare shows that support the rights of people we disagree with to talk,” Carlson continued. “But the rest of us also have rights including the right to assess what they are saying and decide whether it ought to become law to which we are subject. These are not religious figures; we are not the faithful. We’re all citizens here.”
The Fox News host turned his focus on Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg who has been “dutifully trodded out by the media as a gun expert,” showing an excerpt from a recent profanity-laced interview of Hogg.
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“Sell more guns, murder more children, get reelected. That is David Hogg’s view of the other side of the debate,” Carlson said, turning to “another celebrated survivor the shooting,” Emma Gonzalez who said she didn’t really care “what people who defend the Second Amendment have to say.’
“Let’s take this seriously. We should take it seriously because it’s serious. If you honestly don’t care what the people who disagree with you think, if you believe they want to “murder more children,” who are you?” Carlson said. “Well, you’re angry. You’re definitely not fit to be making policy for the rest of us. You are by definition an extremist. You should not have power if you really believe anyone who disagrees with you is evil and wants to kill the innocent.”
Carlson then blasted the media for not pointing out the real facts but agreeing with the extremist views of the few students and “they’ve slapped them on the cover of TIME magazine and declare that they’re heroes and you’re not allowed to disagree with them.”
“Wait, you say, ‘Why are you picking on David Hogg? He’s only a kid, he shouldn’t be held to adult standards of reasoning or be expected to think critically about the consequences of what he espouses.,'” Carlson said.
“Well, yeah, exactly. He is a kid. He has just been through unspeakable tragedy,” he added. “And that’s why adults shouldn’t be using him or his friends to push their agendas to the rest of us.”
Speaking with gun control advocate Mark Glaze, Carlson drove home his point.
“So this is the problem that I have is that if you sincerely believe that people who disagree with you want to kill children, then you shouldn’t be involved in making policy because that’s exactly what we don’t need more of, it seems to me. Why is he being pushed to the front of this movement?”
Glaze, co-founder of the gun control group Guns Down, told the Fox News host he ought to cut Hogg some slack considering what he and his classmates have been through.
“This kid who saw unspeakable tragedy, he saw his classmates killed. And that’s exactly why he shouldn’t be involved in formulating a response to it. Because he is a kid,” Carlson argued.
“So you can’t simultaneously argue that you need to shut up and listen to him and if you don’t you’re bad which is what the left is arguing and that we shouldn’t take what he says seriously or literally,” he said. “You kind of have to choose one. I’m happy to choose the first one.”
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