Writing in a blog post on his website this Monday, conservative pundit and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said that the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival this Sunday is “the price of freedom.”
“Public safety demands logical gun laws but the issue is so polarizing and emotional that little will be accomplished as there is no common ground,” O’Reilly wrote. “The NRA and its supporters want easy access to weapons, while the left wants them banned.”
“This is the price of freedom,” he continued. “Violent nuts are allowed to roam free until they do damage, no matter how threatening they are.”
According to O’Reilly, his experience covering shootings as a reporter have convinced him that “government restrictions will not stop psychopaths from harming people” because “they will find a way.”
“The Second Amendment is clear that Americans have a right to arm themselves for protection,” O’Reilly wrote. “Even the loons.”
The most recent reports on the mass shooting in Las Vegas say that it could have been much worse if police had not intervened when they did. ABC News is reporting that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, had multiple loaded high-capacity magazines and high-powered rifles in his room which were capable of penetrating police armor.” One official said Paddock had a camera mounted in the room, which he apparently used to record himself.
The shooting is the deadliest in U.S. history.
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