Did he or didn’t he…call for the Second Amendment to be repealed? Whatever the answer to that question, Republican strategist Karl Rove has taken a big whack at a hornets’ nest and stirred fiery passions among both conservatives and liberals with a controversial comment he made on Fox News Sunday.
Often seen by those on the right side of the political spectrum as a mainstream moderate whose views frequently clash with conservatism, Rove was part of the Fox News panel responding to the Charleston church massacre and the racist opinions reportedly expressed by the suspect in the slaughter of nine worshippers at the historically black Emanuel AME Church. Rove was asked by host Chris Wallace how Americans could try to prevent the sort of mass murder in Charleston that shocked the nation and rekindled arguments over how to stop gun violence.
Rove’s rather low-key answer included these 14 words: “Until somebody gets enough ‘oomph’ to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s not gonna happen.” With that statement plucked from Rove’s lengthy response to Wallace, a chain reaction of sorts was set into motion. Leftist sites had a field day, while authors generally considered more to the right were equally quick to put their slant on the excerpt.
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As BizPac Review points out:
For example, the left was so excited it resorted to making up its own words.
AddictingInfo.com reported, “On Sunday, Karl Rove appeared on Fox News with a shocking message — one that will surely cause him to lose what support he has left among the extremist conservative horde of ammosexuals who feel that Second Amendment rights are more important than human lives.”
Truth Revolt and The Daily Caller, both highly respected publications, ran with misleading headlines.
Truth Revolt’s said, “Rove: Only Way to Reduce Violence Is Remove Guns from Society.”
The Daily Caller’s headline was similar. It shouted out, “Karl Rove: Only Way To Stop The Violence Is To Repeal Second Amendment.”
What so many engaging in knee-jerk reactions to Rove’s comments either didn’t hear or failed to acknowledge in their rush to judgment was what the GOP strategist said immediately after his comment about repealing the Second Amendment: “I don’t think it’s an answer.”
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By clicking on the video above, you can hear Karl Rove’s controversial comments about the Charleston church massacre and suspect Dylann Roof; then you can decide for yourself whether the firestorm that has since erupted is warranted.
What do you think about Rove’s comments on gun control and the Second Amendment? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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