Nearly a week after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people at a Las Vegas concert, NRA executive director Chris Cox appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss the tragedy and the current national debate over gun control regulations. And things got a bit tense between Cox and host Chris Wallace.
After talking about bump stocks and how the NRA could support further regulations on them while not advocating for a ban, Cox then took aim at Democrats for not having the “common decency” to wait a sufficient amount of time after the tragedy to talk about gun policy.
“Is it common decency to wait a day, two days, a week, a month?” Wallace pushed back. “It is understandable, I know you don’t agree with their solution, but what is wrong with saying we have to address this issue?”
Cox shot back that someone like Hillary Clinton was a hypocrite because she is always surrounded by armed security, has never lived in a high-crime area and doesn’t have the right to tell “a singled mom in Chicago” that she can’t carry a gun to defend herself. This led Wallace to play a clip from the head of the NRA saying something similar about how the “elite protect themselves” with guns and “lecture the American public about how they shouldn’t do that.”
“The reason I pick up on that is because you are in effect with saying the same thing about every Clinton,” Wallace stated. “Is it right to turn it into class warfare if you are for gun control you are part the elite?”
Cox fired back, “It is not class warfare, Chris, it is what the American people want. The American people want to protect themselves and defend themselves.”
The two would then go back and forth a bit on the issue, with the Fox News host saying to dismiss those calling for gun control as “elite” does a disservice to Cox’s argument and Cox claiming that it is the “hypocrisy” that bothers the “American people.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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