Piers Morgan can reliably be counted on to come out with a big piece after any major cultural event. It’s literally his job. Unsurprisingly, he’s got something to say about the massacre of LGBT people that took place in Orlando this weekend.
Once again, Morgan has a controversial viewpoint, but it is a little less insipid than a hot take about Beyoncé. In fact, he is going after Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association. In a Daily Mail column titled, “We’ve had a no-fly list for suspected terrorists for years, so why not a no-buy list? It’s time for Trump and the NRA to show whose side they’re on,” he went off. Sure, this isn’t the first time, or the second. It also isn’t the furthest reach he’s ever made while talking about gun culture. What makes this time notable, of course, is that it follows the largest mass shooting in American history.
He referenced the video of President Barack Obama addressing an audience for PBS’s NewsHour last week, then he said this:
Isn’t it absolutely incredible that the President of the United States, the supposedly most powerful man in the world, has no way of stopping known hate-filled persons of FBI terror-related interest legally buying guns in America?
In fact, isn’t it just a bloody scandal of epic proportions?
Then, he wrote this:
The Republican politicians leaping up and down with fury at Islamic terror today are the same Republicans who’ve systematically blocked every attempt by Obama to introduce any new gun laws which might have stopped Omar Mateen arming himself to the teeth and committing his sickening outrage.
They do so because if they don’t, the NRA will punish them and possibly get them kicked them out of office. Such is the repulsive power that the country’s most repellent lobby group wields in Washington.
So we have a situation where this latest mass murderer was inspired by ISIS, freed by the FBI and enabled by the NRA.
He called that “utterly insane.” Finally, he closed with this:
But how about this for an idea? I want every known ISIS sympathiser in America on FBI files, including every name on the no-fly list, to be banned with immediate effect from buying a gun, so we can try to save American lives.
You with me, NRA and Mr Trump, or are you with the terrorists?
Those were, of course, some selected pulls of text. Read the whole thing here.
If and when Trump responds to that final zinger from Morgan, we’ll let you know.
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