Conservative radio host Bob Davis said he wants to personally tell families of children murdered in Newtown, Connecticut, that they can “go to hell” if they want to push for stricter gun control.
The Minnesota radio host made the comments last Friday, but now can’t seem to escape criticism for the remarks. A number of media outlets have called out the host of Davis & Emmer, which is broadcast on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130.
But though Bob Davis said on Monday he was “getting some email” about his comments, he stood by his remarks calling out families of Newtown victims. He said his remarks were “an emotional predecessor to a thought which can and will find a more refined expression by me and others in the future.”
During Friday’s broadcast, Davis said the fact that their children were killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School doesn’t mean the families can try to infringe on others’ rights.
“I have something I want to say to the victims of Newtown, or any other shooting. I don’t care if it’s here in Minneapolis or anyplace else. Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn’t mean that you get to put a king in charge of my life. I’m sorry that you suffered a tragedy, but you know what? 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, hauled into the Senate well, and everyone is just afraid — they’re terrified of these victims.”
But Bob Davis wasn’t done, adding, “I would stand in front of them and tell them, ‘go to hell.’ ”
Many Newtown families have joined the crusade for stricter gun control, but conservatives like Ted Nugent and Sen. Rand Paul have claimed they are simply being used by Democrats who want to push an anti-gun agenda.
Bob Davis has no apologized for telling the families of Newtown victims to “go to hell.”