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O'Reilly on gun control and the Oregon shooting: "Laws cannot stop madness"

The only solution is to do as little as possible and hope that it doesn't happen again, until it happens again

Scott Eric Kaufman
October 6, 2015 4:44PM (UTC)

Seemingly oblivious to the fact that John Oliver utterly dismantled this line of reasoning the previous evening, Bill O'Reilly took to the air Monday night and declared that responding to a school shooting by calling for gun control misses the point, because "laws cannot stop madness."

"No amount of legislation is going to stop a mad man from killing," O'Reilly said. "Right now there are over 300 million civilian owned firearms in the U.S., so even if you stop gun sales -- which is unconstitutional -- there would still be 300 million firearms floating around."


He played a clip of Hillary Clinton calmly calling for legislation that would keep firearms out of the hands of mentally ill people -- or as he called, "demagoguing the issue." She "knows it is impossible to keep guns away from dangerous people" -- and then immediately proposed the same measures Clinton was calling for, including more stringent background checks, even at guns shows and as regards online sales.

"Conservative Americans who value keeping the peace should back that," O'Reilly argued, as it "serves the greater good." Any more regulations would be "irrational," which he attempted to prove by claiming once again that the homicide rate in Chicago conclusively demonstrates that strict gun regulation doesn't work.

Watch the entire "Talking Points Memo" below via Fox News.


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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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