The hosts of Fox & Friends held a discussion on gun control in the wake of calls from students of the Parkland, Florida high school that was devastated by a deadly mass shooting last week — and were fairly unanimous in their calls on government to get something done.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt first noted that students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are planning a March For Our Lives rally next month, in which they will call on President Donald Trump’s administration, the Republican held Congress and local legislators to act on gun control.
Steve Doocy said that the president reached out over the weekend with proponents of background checks, and spoke with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) about his bipartisan bill with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) to improve the federal background check system.
Brian Kilmeade defended Trump against the fierce criticism he’s been facing from students — stating he “can understand the emotion,” but noting that Trump has only been in office for 13 months.
“But should police reports be on a background check?” Kilmeade then asked. “If someone comes to an 18-year-old’s house 30-something times, should that be there?”
“Yeah, absolutely,” Earhardt said.
It was reported after the massacre that gunman Nikolas Cruz — who fatally shot 17 and wounded more than a dozen others in Wednesday’s shooting — was visited by the Broward Sheriff’s deputies at his family home 39 times since 2010.
Doocy asked what should happen if someone tells the FBI that a teenager “said he wanted to kill people, and he’s got a disturbing social media profile, and he’s got a gun” — which was a tip given to the FBI hotline that somehow never made it to the Miami bureau.
“I don’t think most Americans would be against that,” Earhardt said of that information being on the background check. “If your child is in school with someone who the police has been called…so many times, and this kid has an AR-15, I think that’s fine to put that on the background check.”
“If that’s the case, and they’ve been expelled and they have erratic behavior, and they have abused animals — I think it’s totally fine to put that on their background check and prevent that person from getting a gun,” she added.
“Ultimately, what it comes down to is unstable people should not have access to guns,” Doocy said. “Something needs to happen from both sides to prevent bad people from doing bad things to good people.”
At the end of the segment, Kilmeade made the time-honored argument that there should be more armed security in schools, but Doocy reminded him that there was an armed guard at the Florida high school, as well as tight security procedures.
As pressure mounts on the Trump administration to act on gun control, this message from his favorite morning show is sure to at least be heard.
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