Fox News anchor finally gets fed up: “Can’t we hold true the sanctity of the Second Amendment while still having common sense?”

Fox News' Gretchen Carlson announced she was "taking a stand" against the AR-15 following the Orlando attack

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published June 14, 2016 9:15PM (EDT)


On the Tuesday edition of her show ,"The Real Story," longtime Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson took a startling stand for gun control -- in stark contrast to her networks continued coverage of the Orlando shooting massacre.

"Time now for my take," Carlson said in the middle of her show Tuesday, transitioning from a segment on the political ramifications of the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

"Every time we have a mass shooting we talk about guns," Carlson pointed out. "Yes, the Orlando massacre was terror, but there is no doubt that Omar Mateen was able to kill so many people because he was firing an AR-15. A military-style assault weapon. A weapon easier to buy in the state of Florida than buying a handgun."

Pointing out that Democrats and President Obama have called for a reinstatement of the federal assault rifles ban that outlawed the semi-automatic gun popular with young mass murderers, Carlson also noted that Republicans have blocked even debate on curbing gun use, asking her Fox News audience what they thought of gun control in the wake of the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

"Do we need AR-15s to hunt and kill deer?" the former "Fox & Friends" host asked. "Do we need them to protect our families?"

"A recent quinnipiac poll shows 58% of you support banning the sale of assault style weapons," Carlson explained.

"I know a lot of you aren't going to agree with me today," Carlson conceded. "That's fine," she continued, "But I'm also with the majority today taking a stand."

"Can't we hold true the sanctity of the second amendment while still having common sense?" she asked.

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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