Fox News host Tucker Carlson ripped one of the leading Senate Republicans, John Cornyn of Texas, over remarks he made regarding a new piece of gun control legislation he helped negotiate and that 10 other Republicans including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will agree to, along with all 50 Democrats.
Namely, he railed at Cornyn for telling reporters that lawmakers opposing red flag laws are “worried about the politics” rather than acting to save lives and can pass “sensible” gun legislation that does not “undermine” a citizen’s Second Amendment rights.
After playing a clip of Cornyn’s remarks, Carlson noted, “There’s two things to notice about that soundbite which is just so revealing. The first is the use of the term sensible. That is a Democratic talking point approved by the DNC, ‘it’s sensible gun safety regulation.’
“So here you have John Cornyn taking Nancy Pelosi’s language, he’s doing it on purpose. And then you hear him describe anyone who disagrees with him—why would you disagree with John Cornyn?” he asked.
“Well, according to John Cornyn, anyone who disagrees with him is ‘concerned about the politics’ of red flag laws. Not the wisdom of red flag laws,” he noted further.
The Daily Caller noted:
The host then turned to at least 9 other Republican senators pushing for extreme risk protection, including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mitt Romney of Utah, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Susan Collins of Maine. He said Graham, who allegedly told Capitol police to shoot more protesters on January 6, is telling law-abiding American citizens they cannot own a gun.
He turned to Florida, where the laws are implemented, and said law enforcement can request a court to confiscate guns on grounds of “any relevant evidence.”
“If you can seize people’s guns without proving that they committed a crime, why can’t you imprison them without proving that they committed a crime? If you can take their guns, why can’t you take their homes? Why can’t you empty their bank accounts?” Carlson added.
Carlson went on to cite cited the Supreme Court ruling in Canglia v. Strom, which said that law enforcement seizing a citizen’s guns violates search and seizure rights protected under the 4th Amendment. And he predicted that the laws will be enforced through “political lines,” disproportionately taking guns out of the hands of people with the wrong political beliefs.
The outlet added:
Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell called on red flag laws to apply to Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro for touting his support for parental rights in schools and religious institutions, then suggesting that the loss of these rights will give parents the option of either leaving the country or obtaining a gun.
“What would qualify as a trigger for gun seizure in the view of Eric Swalwell under the red flag laws that he supports and now Republicans in the Senate support?” Carlson went on.
“On the basis of quoting the founding documents of the country we live in, Eric Swalwell says the police should show up at Ben Shapiro’s house and take his firearms away. Does anybody, even Eric Swalwell who is deranged, believe that Ben Shapiro is a violent threat to anyone?” he said.
“No, of course not. Ben Shapiro is an ideological threat and an ideological threat is the only kind of threat people like Eric Swalwell actually care about,” Carlson continued.
“People who are favored by the regime can do whatever they want, they vote the right way, they can commit whatever crimes they want,” he said. “But if you’re disfavored by the regime, no punishment is too strong, no infraction too small.”