Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann offered his two cents on the tragedy in Las Vegas which has now claimed at least 59 lives. In the latest episode of his web-only GQ rantcast The Resistance, Olbermann sounded off on gun violence and called for the National Rifle Association to be branded a “terrorist organization.”
“Warmest condolences and sympathies will not suffice, we need leadership in this country which will prevent — whatever their motive — the terrorists in this country from buying guns in this country and killing crowds of people in this country,” he said.
Olbermann then launched into the meat of his argument — that the second amendment has been perverted far beyond its original purpose.
“The second amendment,” he said “has now been transformed into an excuse for why mad men of whatever heritage or political purpose cannot be stopped from carrying at least 10 long rifles into a hotel in Las Vegas and setting up a snipers nest and killing people and why a group that enables such massacres, the National Rifle Association is not branded for what it is — a terrorist organization.”
Olbermann then noted that Americans weren’t allowed to own nuclear weapons either and called for the ouster of President Trump.
“It is time to end the National Rifle Association, and it is time to end the career of any political figure who made his way to the White House dog whistling to his second amendment people.”
The assessment didn’t sit well with at least one prominent conservative. Sean Davis, co-founder of the Conservative website, The Federalist, told The Wrap that “gun controllers” like Olbermann were deeply misguided.
“Gun controllers don’t understand basic facts about guns or the laws that govern them, nor are they interested in learning those facts,” said Davis. “Evil men will always find ways to perpetrate evil, using whatever tools they can. The best thing we can do is protect the God-given rights of all Americans to protect themselves and their loved ones from those who wish to commit evil.”
Olbermann, who was once one of the biggest stars of MSNBC’s pre-Rachel Maddow era, was widely known for his viral rants against George W. Bush. Now, with Trump in the White House — it looks like it’s still business as usual.