Shortly after a shooter in Boulder, Colorado, killed 10 people on Monday — including a police officer — at a grocery store, Fox News host Sean Hannity tried to suggest that mass shootings in the United States can be blamed on the Black Lives Matter social justice movement.
Media Matters for America reports that Hannity gave a cursory mention of what he called the “horrific shooting” and then went on an extended rant about the protests that took place across the country last year in the wake of death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers:
“They’re not riots, we were told all summer to over 2,500 cops injured. But these are the cops that go put themselves in harm’s way. And in this case we lost one tonight.”
Hannity’s guest, former Secret Service agent and right-wing extremist radio host Don Bongino, then joined the conversation, remarking:
“Yeah, Sean, don’t forget with this defund the police crowd, that wasn’t a social worker who walked in there.”
That was all it took for Hannity to go off on another fact-free diatribe:
“Everybody else is racing to get the hell out of there. They’re going up in the other direction. And now we’re going to defund the police, disparage the police, quiet all summer long as they’re hit with rocks, and bricks, and bottles, and molotov cocktails.”
What does any of that have to do with the latest horror in Colorado? Nothing. It’s just a distraction so people like Hannity and Bongino can avoid talking about how this country needs sensible gun control.
Instead of actually debating the issue of guns in the U.S., Hannity and his ilk want to divide Americans into warring factions. That’s only going to lead to more violence.
Here’s the video from Media Matters:
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