Rupert Murdoch On Gun Control: It’s Time To Ban Automatic Weapons

It’s time to ban automatic weapons, according to Rupert Murdoch.

Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp. and owner of Fox News, said that the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut this week made it clear that it is time to ban automatic weapons in the United States.

Murdoch wrote on Twitter: “Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.”

Murdoch may be urging politicians to ban automatic weapons but several pundits on Fox News have taken the opposite stance. Mike Huckabee recently said that there was no point to change the gun laws in the United States. Huckabee, who blamed the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on a lack of God in the classroom, said that changing the gun laws wouldn’t make America a safer place.

Huckabee said:

“People want to pass new laws… but this is a heart issue, laws don’t change this kind of thing … We ask why there’s violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”

Ann Coulter went a step further to say that America needs to make guns more accessible to deter future shootings. Coulter said that if America had more “concealed-carry laws” then school shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn. would be less likely to happen.

Coulter said:

“Only one policy has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws … more guns, less mass shootings.”

Critics of Fox News may be surprised to hear Rupert Murdoch advocating for stricter gun control laws but Murdoch has pushed the issue in the past. After the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Murdoch wrote on Twitter:

“We have to do something about gun controls. Police license okay for hunting rifle or pistol for anyone without crim or pscho record. No more.”

Do you think gun control laws need to be changed in America?