Peeks in at Tucker Carlson…Yep, Still an Idiot

I like to check in every so often with Tucker Carlson to see if he’s still an annoying, stupid little twerp. So far, he has yet to disappoint. Like his argument that if President Obama is going to advocate for gun control, he should have to give up his Secret Service protection.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued over the weekend that President Barack Obama should have to give up his armed Secret Service security detail if he was going to be pushing for gun control.

On Saturday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Carlson suggested that the president had used the recent massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston to advance a “political” agenda against guns.

“The president has said a number of times guns are the problem, guns cause violence,” Carlson complained. “There’s nobody in the world surrounded by more armed people than President Obama himself. I notice he’s not suggesting the people around him disarm. He wants to remain protected, but the rest of us have to go without means to self-protection.”…

“The president’s position is that guns cause violence, guns are inherently bad and dangerous,” Carlson opined. “The rest of us need to disarm and not protect ourselves. And he’s exempt from that?”

Yep, still a dishonest asshole. No, that is not the president’s position, it’s a ridiculous straw man position that Carlson pulled from his rectum. Seriously, this is just about the dumbest argument I’ve ever heard, which is why I’m not remotely surprised that he’s the one making it.

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  • John Pieret

    The president’s position is that guns cause violence, guns are inherently bad and dangerous

    Only a moron would say that, which is why Obama didn’t and Carlson did. What Obama and every other sane person is saying is that selling guns like they are candy to all and sundry is irresponsible. It’s the people who own the guns that are dangerous and reasonable constraints on who can get a gun (i.e. background checks including mental health) and what type of gun (assault rifles, machine guns, etc.) could help reducing gun violence in America.

  • scienceavenger

    This is an all-too-common meme in todays politics: claiming that a politician pushing for a public policy change is a hypocrite with an invalid argument if said politician doesn’t make that change in their personal lives. So Al Gore is a hypocrite for pushing for carbon emission reductions because he flies in a jet a lot, Hillary is a hypocrite for pushing for campaign finance reform if she raises unlimited funds to do it, Warren Buffet is a hypocrite for pushing for higher taxes on the rich if he isn’t voluntarily paying higher taxes now, etc. It’s a dishonest argument at best, ignorant of the difference between voluntary individual programs and collective mandatory ones at worst. It’s one of the reasons I get on Ed’s ass for often limiting his criticisms of stupid policy positions to hypocrisy, without getting into what’s wrog with the policies themselves. “You’re a hypocrite” “No you’re the hypocrite” doesn’t move our body politic forward. More often than not the comparisons are often apples-and-oranges bullshit.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    John Pieret @ # 1: What Obama and every other sane person is saying is that selling guns like they are candy to all and sundry is irresponsible.

    In Obama’s case, of course, that argument is limited to the personal level: nations (well, one exceptional nation) and corporations absolutely must peddle weaponry around the world non-stop, because freedom!

  • moarscienceplz

    Well to be fair, Obama did call for the police to hand in all their guns too, and to stop responding to crimes in progress.

    Oh, he actually didn’t?

  • theDukedog7 .

    Gun control has been an obvious failure. The cities with the most stringent gun control have the most gun crime. The most draconian gun control in the western hemisphere is in Mexico, which is no exactly an advertisement for the success of draconian gun control.

    There has been a dramatic drop in gun crime in many places in the US over the past two decades. Call it the “Giuliani effect”. It’s been the result of good government, usually Republican government, good policing, putting violent criminals in jail, etc.

    Gun control is a typical liberal asshole policy. It is just liberal moral preening, and accomplishes the opposite of what it purports to do.

    As Giuliani demonstrated, the best way to reduce gun violence is to stop electing Democrats.

  • screechymonkey

    Yes, it’s a truly wacky and illogical public policy to limit dangerous-but-useful-in-certain-circumstances items to people whose job it is to handle those certain circumstances, and who are specially trained and (at least in theory) accountable to the people.

    No doubt Carlson is also calling for the full legalisation of every controlled substance that has any permitted medical or scientific application.

    And hey, if the Center for Disease Control can keep samples of smallpox virus around, so can I!

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    He wants to remain protected, but the rest of us have to go without means to self-protection.”…

    I had no idea that the President carried a gun on his person. I agree that he should stop doing that.

  • scienceavenger

    Gun control has been an obvious failure. The cities with the most stringent gun control have the most gun crime.

    Yeah, and emergency heart surgery is an obvious failure. People who get emergency heart surgery die far more often than people who don’t.

  • caseloweraz

    Just imagine how many mountain climbers could be saved if, before starting out, every group of climbers bought or rented a helicopter and parked it at their base camp…

    Nah, not hardly.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    The cities with the most stringent gun control have the most gun crime.

    I’m pretty sure that’s not true. If you look at the firearm death rate by state, there is a very strong correlation between the state’s politics and your chances of getting killed by a gun. Red states are much deadlier. But maybe it doesn’t have to do with gun control; maybe it’s just more assholes per capita in the Red states.

    There has been a dramatic drop in gun crime in many places in the US over the past two decades. Call it the “Giuliani effect”.

    How Giuliani’s policies in New York caused crime to drop in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, not to mention how it caused crime to start dropping in NY before he took office, are a clear sign of his supernatural leadership abilities. Either that, or it’s a nation-wide trend that he had nothing to do with.

  • Hoosier X

    maybe dukedog isn’t Michael Egnor. Maybe it’s John Lott.