Fox Business Network Host Grills Gun Advocate After He Declares: AR-15 is ‘America’s Rifle’

Fox Business host Charles Payne aggressively questioned a pro-gun activist who appeared on his show, as the conservative host laid out the arguments against civilian use of semi-automatic rifles during their exchange.

Chris Waltz, the president of firearm advocacy group the AR-15 Gun Owners of America, pushed back against calls to ban the semi-automatic weapon by saying the gun shouldn’t even be part of the discussion, saying at one point, “The AR-15 rifle is America’s rifle.”

Payne responded with the reasons why many Americans want it to be removed from public use:

“If your rebuttal is going to be, ‘It shouldn’t be part of the discussion,’ I’m not sure you’re going to sway people who think the AR-15 is an assault rifle that the framers of the constitution could never have imagined and that should not exist for ordinary Americans to have access to.”

The host went on to tell Waltz people would call his arguments for keeping the rifle legal “disingenuous,” since the advocate claimed the Parkland, Florida shooter could’ve carried out the attack using other tactics, when as Payne noted, the death toll would’ve been lower if the culprit had used other easily accessible weapons.

Waltz further defended the rifle by suggesting “mental health” is the real issue when it comes to school shootings, not firearms. “We have to go back and look at mental health, we have to look at school security,” said Waltz.

Watch above, via Fox Business Network.

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