O’Reilly on Push for More Gun Control: ‘Laws Cannot Stop Madness’

During his opening “Talking Points Memo” segment on Monday, Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” sounded off on the renewed push for more gun control in the wake of last week’s shooting in Oregon. O’Reilly questioned the wisdom of added regulation on guns as being a cure-all for this problem, which is something some have suggested in recent days. The Fox News host accused those, in particular Democrats and Hillary Clinton, of demagoguing the issue. “If someone commits a crime using a gun and is convicted, they should receive a mandatory five years in a federal penitentiary on top of the punishment for the other crime,” he said. “That would go a long way in stopping the abuse of guns, would it not?” “But laws cannot stop madness,” O’Reilly added. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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Carson: ‘I’m Not Going to Let Someone Sit There and Pull My Strings’

In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Monday, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, remarked on the surge of so-called political outsiders in the early going of his party’s primary process. According to Carson, a lot of it stems from the public’s dissatisfaction in the political process. “People are used to double-talk. And they’re used to politicians saying whatever is politically expedient,” he said. “Right now, they’re looking for something that they can truly believe in.” Carson vowed not to cave to those forces. “We’re not looking like people who are going to be corralled by the political establishment,” Carson added. “I’m not going to let someone sit there and pull my strings.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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McCain: Best Thing for Me to Do about Trump Is not Pay Attention

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appeared Friday on “The Dan Patrick Show” on NBC Sports and host Dan Patrick asked him if he would “want a piece” of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in his prime. McCain, who was backed by Trump in 2008 when he ran for president, made it known that he was backing Lindsey Graham over Trump for the GOP primary shortly after Trump said McCain was not a “war hero.” The former presidential candidate said that the best thing for him to when it comes to Trump, is “not pay attention.” “I think the best thing for me to do seriously about Mr. Trump is not pay attention. I’ve got a lot of work to do in the Senate and Armed Services Committee. I don’t think its beneficial to me,” responded McCain. “So, I’m trying to do my work and not get involved anymore with Mr. Trump.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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CNN’s Houck: Gun-Free Zones ‘Lead Lambs to the Slaughter’

Monday on  “CNN Newsroom,” law enforcement analyst Harry Houck said that he has a “big problem” with “gun-free zones” like the Oregon college location of last week’s tragic shooting. Houck said, “One big problem I have here is that this is a gun-free zone, all right, and the fact that, that maybe if security officers were there that were armed, they could have been able to engage this guy with their weapons, and maybe we could have prevented some of this carnage. But what we’ve learned and a lot of people have known throughout the years, is that gun-free zones, all they do is lead lambs to the slaughter. And that’s what happened here.” He continued, “If I was a parent, and my kid went to that school, I’d be talking to that administration and say, ‘What is the problem here? Is this just your hatred for guns, is why there’s no guns here at this school? Or is it something else?’ And I want to know why, and I want the school’s responsibility.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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