Bob Davis offers up non-apology for outrageous Newtown comments [AUDIO]
Davis and Emmer: Talking tough about Newtown victims from the comfort of their radio studio.
This morning, Bob Davis addressed the firestorm created with callous comments he made about victims of gun violence during last Friday's Davis & Emmer show.
During that show, Davis, talking about how some people affected by December's mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, have become gun control advocates, said, "I would stand in front of them all, and tell them, 'Go to hell.'"
But Davis didn't exactly apologize today. Instead, he characterized his comment as "an emotional predecessor to a thought which can and will find a more refined expression by me and others in the future, I guarantee you."
Here's a transcript, followed by the raw audio (the transcribed segment begins around 18:20):
[DAVIS] Yes, we're getting some email regarding comments I made Friday on the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, and ah, here's what you need to know and what some of you already know about me is that, ah, this is not a contrived show, I do not hide behind flowery language I do not pull my punches ah, when I'm passionate about something it comes out on the air, it's real and it will always be that way. Ah, you may not agree with what it is, but you know what I say to you is what I'm thinking, and I'm telling you that's how it is. It might provoke some thought for you, ah, it might not, but ah, I'm gonna say what I think and I'm going to say what I feel.
What I said Friday was an emotional predecessor to a thought which can and will find a more refined expression by me and others in the future, I guarantee you. But this isn't a newspaper or a magazine and we don't filter our views or commentary before we say it, it is radio, it's immediate, it can be emotional both in its immediate expression as well as its response. It's unrealistic, I think, to expect a compete filter for anybody doing live media. Ah, Bob, what's his name? Bob Beckel, for example [Emmer laughs]. Um, but there are those who would silence the opposition in their desire to have their way, majority rule not withstanding. We all have the right to express our opinions on any subject. I've made it clear that the shooting was a couple months ago or more, and it was a tragedy for all involved, we grieved and many people grieved together.
It's critical that people who have suffered a tragedy are able to speak and it's understandable that they would wanna, you know, dedicate their lives to the memory of their children. But it's also critical that our constitutional rights are protected. And here's the point in this: What's really at stake is the insecurity because of the loss of natural rights to defend ourselves from criminals as well as the encroaching power of the state. And it's important to look at the broad ramifications that this legislation might have on liberty and security and refrain from pushing it through by parading around victims or overestimating their credibility in policy preferences just because they're victims. Victims should not be exploited, it does not help them grieve, it does not help us grieve, and it does not advance the cause of liberty. But they are, and so they become public personalities and part of the political arena and so be it and we'll leave it at that.
[EMMER] Well, thanks for that. I appreciate the entire line of thought, Bob, but that one statement -- 'You should never use the victims of a tragedy for your political gain.' It's bad form, beyond bad form.
So according to Tom Emmer's world view, it's "beyond bad form" for gun control advocates to cite those impacted by the Newtown shooting while making their case, but telling those who have recently lost loved ones during acts of senseless gun violence to "go to hell" is something to be appreciated? We just want to be clear.
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