A Call for Sensible Gun Control Just Came From a Surprising Source

June 14th 2016

Alex Mierjeski

Advocates for strengthening gun control laws got an unexpected new ally on Tuesday.

In a segment of "The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson," the eponymous Fox News host made the case for implementing an assault weapons ban, as the availability of high-powered, semi-automatic rifles enable shooters to inflict maximum harm.

"Yes, the Orlando massacre was terror, but there is no doubt that Omar Mateen was able to kill so many people because he was firing...a military-style assault weapon," Carlson said.

The host said that while she was "in favor of people being able to carry," she also stood with a majority of Americans who support reinstating a federal ban on the sale of assault-style weapons, which expired in 2004.

Others, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have called for the ban to be reinstated, The Washington Post reported.

On Tuesday, Carlson joined their ranks, positing that assault-style weapons were probably not what the authors of the Second Amendment had in mind when including the right to bear arms in the Bill of Rights.

The position represents an apparent shift in Carlson's responses to mass shootings. Following a shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College last October, the Fox host responded with considerably less resolve, speaking of the need to find a solution to mass violence while maintaining "political talk" was not the answer:

"Equally important is coming up with a solution. instead of immediately jumping to political talk- like 'we need more gun control' to 'we already have enough laws on the books' to we need to protect individual gun ownership rights' to 'we ned to make it more difficult for people to obtain weapons.'

"Seems to me that we keep having these shootings and say we're going to do something about it and we don't. We need a solution, a multi-tiered approach ... and not just political talk."

"I know a lot of you aren't going to agree with me today. That's fine," the host said Tuesday. "That's what makes America great."