NRATV host Grant Stinchfield went off the rails Friday when he blamed former President Barack Obama for the February shooting at a Parkland, Florida, High School in a truly epic rant. Calling the former president a “gun-hating socialist,” Stinchfield demands that he apologize to the students for not preventing the shooting.
Stinchfield was responding to a profile Obama wrote for Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in which he praised students David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, and Alex Wind, the Guardians of Democracy reports.
As survivors of the deadly shooting, these brave kids became prominent figures in the gun control movement. President Obama wrote:
“Our children are calling us to account. They have the power so often inherent in youth: to see the world anew; to reject the old constraints; outdated conventions too often dressed up as wisdom.”
That led Stinchfield into an epic rant because he still thinks Obama is trying to take away yer gunz.
Typical thinking for the troglodytes at the NRA. Stinchfield complained that:
“‘The Left can rejoice,’ he said, voice dripping with snark, ‘yes the savior took some time away from his Hollywood friends to write an op-ed for the Time 100 [Most Influential publication], and of course, just like the old days, he used the opportunity to slam gun owners, in his ultimate quest to destroy the Second [Amendment].'”
He was referring to Obama’s profile of the students. The former president also excoriated the gun lobby and praised the students for:
“…Seeing the NRA and its allies … as mere shills for those who make money selling weapons of war to whoever can pay.”
That’s when Stinchfield played the blame game, according to Media Matters, saying:
“Barack Obama, if you want to talk about inequality and gun violence, you are the biggest perpetrator of it. Because while you left educators defenseless, while you pushed policies that barred violent students from being arrested, while you railed against the NRA, your daughters, yourself were all protected by armed guards. Your daughters in a school with strict discipline policies in place at all times because you knew that’s what makes school safer. Discipline, order, and as a last case scenario, good guys with guns.”
But he’s being a huge hypocrite here, as Obama was continually under threat during his presidency. As early as 2009, he received 30 death threats per day. That’s a vastly different number than the six to eight per day Trump received during his first six months in office.
But these facts are probably lost on someone like Stinchfield, who continued to rant:
“The Parkland students you now write about in Time magazine, that protection wasn’t good enough for them. You played politics with their lives and now you have duped them into thanking you for it when you are the one who should be apologizing.”
While that’s ridiculous enough, he really went off the hook after that, ranting:
“Barack Obama, you were in it, and you coddled these thugs. Your policies coddled these thugs. Had every child been given the same armed security yours were protected by, there never would have been a Parkland massacre for you to weaponize in your Time magazine hit piece attacking the NRA.”
Then Stinchfield went from complaining to being in a huff:
“So let me make this clear, Mr. Obama. NRA members don’t need your apology, in fact, they don’t need your apology, in fact, we don’t want it. But Parkland students, apologize to them. They deserve it and you owe it to them.”
But Stinchfield is completely wrong, and Think Progress, citing a 2009 study by the University of Pennsylvania notes that:
“A person carrying a gun is ‘4.6 times more likely to be shot in an assault’ than someone not carrying a weapon.”
And the researchers noted the odds are only a little better if a victim can fight back:
“Among gun assaults where the victim had at least some chance to resist, this adjusted odds ratio increased to 5.45.”
So Stinchfield is completely wrong when he insists more guns will be the solution to this problem. And Obama doesn’t have to apologize. He tried at every level to enact successful gun control legislation, but the Republicans stood in his way every chance they got.
Stinchfield brings the bombast in the video below.
Featured image by NRA-TV via YouTube video.