On Sept. 3, Fox News host Tucker Carlson lambasted Democratic presidential candidates for mandatory firearm buybacks, as well as retail behemoth Walmart for discontinuing sales of particular firearms.
Walmart has made its position in the gun debate clear—the company will no longer be selling certain kinds of gun ammunition in its stores.
The retail giant’s CEO Doug McMillon asked Congress to ban many semi-automatic rifles as well to seize firearms from Americans, according to a Fox News report. According to Carlson, Walmart’s sole concern is the money rather than the issue of gun control—and got rich through “selling foreign goods to domestic consumers—cheap Chinese garbage manufactured off shore in factories that pay slave wages, wages that American manufacturers could never match.”
Carlson lashed out at Beto O’Rourke’s “propagandist” call for mandatory assault weapon buybacks and explained why it was ridiculous. “Americans didn’t buy their guns from the government in the first place. They’re not buying them back. This is gun confiscation,” Carlson said.
Then, Carlson alerted Democratic strategist Bernard Whitman of the national threat associated with backing these mandatory buyback policies. “What you’re calling for is civil war. What you are calling for is an incitement to violence.”
“It’s not a sincere effort to make this a safer country, which I would welcome. I think mass shootings are horrifying. Nobody is actually serious about trying to fix the problem. Because if you were, you would be every bit as upset about the rest of the shootings that take place, which far outnumber casualties of mass shootings,” the Fox News host said during “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Walmart saw praises coming from liberal network news hosts on MSNBC and CNN for being “more enlightened than government is,” Carlson noted.
“That’s a fascinating turnaround,” said Carlson. “For years, you’ll remember, Walmart was the target of coordinated attacks from the left.
“Progressives accused the company of destroying small towns, and of exploiting workers. Walmart hired PR consultants and union busters to push back for years.” Carlson explained the concept of liberals trading economic issues for identity issues as they became wealthier.
Carlson has also made note on how the business tactics of Walmart remain unchanged but the left has now stopped attacking it.
“Walmart figured out it could buy immunity from criticism by mouthing left-wing pieties,” Carlson said. “That’s all it takes. Sounding woke, and they’ll leave you alone.”
“None of this was an accident. At times, Walmart sold goods at a loss, just long enough to drive American competitors out of business completely. Smaller retail shops and the jobs they provided vanished. Suddenly, in many places, Walmart was one of the few remaining employers. One and a half million Americans now work there at any given time. It’s definitely not an improvement over what we had before.”
Walmart’s new gun policy has been a target for taunts and ridicule on social media like Twitter.
Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist said on Twitter, “Walmart wants its law-abiding customers and employees to be defenseless.”
“Translation: If you support the Second Amendment and self defense, don’t shop at our stores.” Fox News’s Katie Pavlich tweeted.
Conservative radio host Brandon Morse tweeted saying that Walmart thinks it would be “great” if “no one would be able to defend themselves.”
Walmart’s new policy “will unfortunately stop a total of ZERO psychopaths from killing if they want to kill.” Conservative comedian Tim Young tweeted, “You can ban all the things you think are bad… you can make every law… you can virtue signal all day long… criminals don’t care.”
“Remember, the assault weapons ban that was in place for 10 years? It had precisely zero effect on rates of violence in this country. It’s not an opinion. It’s not a defense to the Second Amendment. It’s a fact. It’s been studied extensively, including by the Clinton administration.
“It’s an attempt to eliminate a constitutional right that a ruling class finds inconvenient.” Carlson said. “It won’t reduce gun violence.”
The Fox News host ended his monologue with a verbal knuckle sandwich.
“The company more responsible than any other company for destroying and degrading rural America, for making our towns uglier and cheaper and poorer. The same people who pushed the appalling lie that brightly colored plastic [expletive] from China is going to make us happy. That company is now lecturing normal Americans, the very Americans that they have hurt, how immoral they are for daring to protect themselves with firearms,” Carlson said.