Pat Sajak, host of Wheel of Fortune, can occasionally be outspoken on political issues, and gun control is one of those. It’s been a major public conversation since the Sandy Hook murders, after which President Obama promised to do what he could to improve gun control, with or without Congress.
The latest controversy in gun control is, of course, the recategorization of 5.56 NATO green-tipped M855 ball ammunition as armor-piercing ammo. This would, effectively, ban these rounds, without having to pass new legislation, since recategorization doesn’t require Congress to act — only for the ATF to make the decision.
The debate over this change has spurred new comments from the White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who said Monday that President Obama supported this as a common-sense gun control measure.
It’s likely this statement that spurred Pat Sajak’s newest commentary, a satirical tweet comparing gun deaths to sledding injuries, although, notably, Obama would not have to sign any legislation for this change, with or without Congress.
Sajak is no stranger to political commentary in his tweets — he’s recently addressed climate change, net neutrality, Hillary Clinton’s email issues, and in one tweet, both the politicians who avoided Netanyahu speech, and an early misstatement from then-campaigning Barack Obama. Speaking of Obama, jabs at him aren’t exactly infrequent in Sajak’s tweets.
For the most part, political or otherwise, the game show host’s tweets are humorous, rather than rants, but he manages to express some strong opinions just the same. Of course, strong opinions always manage to offend someone, and Sajak vowed that he’d try not to do that this year.
Oops. That resolution might have already gone out the window.
On the other hand, Pat Sajak’s statement may not be as satirical as it appears: according to Scholastic, many cities are banning sledding (without the help of either President Obama or Congress) for exactly the reason he states.
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