Far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity scrambled to defend the interests of the National Rifle Association in the wake of two mass shootings 13 hours apart in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
Rather than calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring to the Senate floor a gun reform bill passed by the House in February, Hannity offered another solution:
Sean Hannity is proof that you don't need to graduate from college to be a successful propagandist. He thinks more… https://t.co/bZX0i7CaLD— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly)1565089194.0
"I'd like to see the perimeter of every school in America surrounded, secured by retired police ... have one armed guard on every floor of every school, all over every mall, the perimeter and inside every hall of every mall."
He proposed that retired law enforcement officers volunteer 15 hours a week to guard schools and malls in exchange for exemption from income taxes.
But would a paramilitary unit at every mall and school even be effective?
Mass shootings have occurred at bars, movie theaters, office buildings, mosques, synagogues, churches, concert arenas, military bases, post offices, garlic festivals, and countless other places.
The internet didn't take kindly to Hannity's bonkers proposal.
welcome to Sean Hannity's America. you head to the mall to buy overpriced garbage at Best Buy, and spend the next… https://t.co/xiGzeJ1LWz— Brendan Karet 🚮 (@Brendan Karet 🚮)1565054700.0
@bad_takes Police engaged the Dayton shooter within 30 seconds and he still killed 9 people and injured and injured… https://t.co/VMapf6Zi83— Hannah - Nobody outdoes the GOP for hypocrisy. (@Hannah - Nobody outdoes the GOP for hypocrisy.)1565058730.0
People soon responded with metaphors to demonstrate just how illogical peppering retired police officers would be.
@AynRandPaulRyan By his logic,more abortion access would solve the abortion "problem". Strange why he doesn't agitate for that...— can it be normal now? (@can it be normal now?)1565097655.0
@AynRandPaulRyan @RealBarabbas Oooh this is a fun game. More gays to “solve” the gay “problem”. More abortions. Mor… https://t.co/er9inoWJWD— SusanB 🔥 Get Vaccinated Wear A Mask (@SusanB 🔥 Get Vaccinated Wear A Mask)1565091360.0
@AynRandPaulRyan Then more food for the hungry & houses for the homeless. The poor? Let's flood them with money!… https://t.co/ov0LelCeii— Sean M. Pentony (@Sean M. Pentony)1565099426.0
So much for small government.
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