Minneapolis radio host Bob Davis recently berated the families of victims from the Newtown shooting for speaking out about gun violence on the 'Davis & Emmer In The Morning' show (audio below), reports Mediaite.com.
“I have something I want to say to the victims of Newtown, or any other shooting," said Davis. "I don't care if it's in Minneapolis or anywhere else. Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn’t mean that you get to put a king in charge of my life."
However, none of the Newtown families have ever suggested having a "king" in charge of anyone's life.
“I’m sorry that you suffered a tragedy, but you know what?" continued Davis. "Deal with it, and don’t force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss. I'm sick and tired of seeing these victims trotted out, given rides on Air Force One and hauled into the Senate... I would stand in front of them and tell them, ‘go to hell.’”
Davis' co-host Tom Emmer added: “It’s probably one of the worst political stunts you could do is to use the victims of the tragedy.”
This conservative talking point that the Newtown families are somehow being exploited or used by politicians has been repeated numerous times by various Fox News personalities, including Sean Hannity, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade, Fox News White House reporter Ed Henry and Fox News host Mike Huckabee.
However, the Newtown families described in an article on Politico.com how they started out as a support group and decided to contact politicians and hire lobbying groups. There has been no evidence presented that the Newtown families are not acting out of their own free will.