On November 10, Breitbart News reported that news anchor Tom Brokaw was hosting a NBC Sports special showing his return to South Dakota for the opening of pheasant season.
On November 17, Brokaw appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to promote the show and spent a portion of the promotion pushing for more gun control. He specifically pushed for a ban on semi-automatic rifles.
Here is what Brokaw said about gun control:
I’ve owned guns all my life. I’ve got a closet full of them in Montana and back here in the east as well. Hunting has been a terribly important part of my life growing up and it remains that. At the same time, as an urban dweller and someone who…feels the same pain that a lot of others do when we have these mass shootings, we need to have a discussion in the middle. We just can’t be a polarized country when it comes to guns.
We have the First Amendment as well as the Second Amendment. The First Amendment says, however, that you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater. I think when it comes to a gun debate we’re now in a crowded theater. We need to have a way of talking to each other sensibly about it.
When I was growing up we didn’t have all the semi-automatics and the sniper rifles and the TAC-22s. And a lot of people that I know in the American West will say the same thing…we don’t need to have access to all that. There’s got to be a middle ground of some kind.
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