Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith on Gun Polls: ‘If We Had Stuck With Polls, We’d Still Have Slavery’

It is sort of remarkable how slavery and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. have become part of the narrative on gun control. Most  invocations of shepard-smithslavery by Fox pundits are blatant attempts to co-opt bits and pieces of the African-American legacy, but not this time. Fox News anchor Shep Smith seemed to suggest that lawmakers should be leaders in pushing gun control legislation instead of relying on polls.

In a conversation with The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard, Fox News Channel reporter Shepard Smith expressed his frustration with the lack of demand among lawmakers in Washington for new gun control measures.

Smith noted that President Obama had promised the public new gun control measures during his second term, and although Stoddard agreed, he added that he didn’t see where new strong gun control measures were possible. “We’re not going to see any kind of banning of ammunitions or weaponry,” Stoddard said. “We hope that there is some kind of consensus and that could be background checks.”

“Large capacity magazines?” Smith inquired. “No chance for that?”

“Right now, the numbers don’t exist on the Republican or Democratic side,” Stoddard answered.

“Closing the gun control loophole – I mean, the gun show loophole?” Smith again inquired.

“The polls show a change in support,” Stoddard insisted. “If you poll the members of Congress…”

“If we stuck with the polls, we’d have had slavery a lot longer than we did,” Smith countered.

“That is true,” Stoddard agreed.

And maybe Shepard Smith is right about our conflict averse politicians. Maybe the reason nothing ever gets done in Washington  is because politicians are so busying following the American public, and reading polls, that they’ve forgotten how to actually lead.

 

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4 Responses to Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith on Gun Polls: ‘If We Had Stuck With Polls, We’d Still Have Slavery’

  1. Onesilverbac January 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Well stated, Washington’s only concern is what will allow them to remain in office!

    What is needed is a few regular people who have average intelligence with a lot of knowledge, who also agree to stay for but 1 term. After all that is the way it was originally designed, these career politicians are ruining this country.

    Smith seems to make a very coherent point!

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  2. Samdromeda January 23, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Polls are just an extension of a well manipulated media. It is sampling. When the media stops being an instrument for shaping public opinion, with emotional fervor, it will get in touch with the sane reality of common every day folks. If you watch T.V. your mind will not be free. Cyclops can be mesmerizing. Entertainment is a form of advertising. It is a way to sell guns. It was true of the westerns, detective shows and old English movies where gentlemen dualed with pistols. It is a cultural thing. Culture is not erased by government. This nation would not be here if that were possible.

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  3. Terrence the Pterodactyl January 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    The dinosaur speaks 2013 predictions.
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=l4dTN0VC97I

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  4. bahati sobukwe January 24, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Slavery and guns go together, hence the fascination whites have with guns and blacks coming to get them. They are afraid because they know how blacks have been treated and are treated every day. Therefore, the naked fear that drove them to fill up their homes with guns when President Obama won the election twice. Twice they bought out gun shows at the news of his winning. You don’t need assault weapons for deer, other games and target practice. You need them for those fears blacks!

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