In a clear break with Fox News policy to oppose President Obama no matter what, host Shep Smith sided with him on the issue of mass shootings.
In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, in which three white males wearing military gear killed 14 and wounded 20, President Obama released a statement condemning the actions of the terrorists and once again called for a national effort to prevent gun violence.
“President Obama called today for a bipartisan effort at every level of government to address mass shootings,” Smith reported during during of the chaotic scene. Then he read President Obama’s statement.
“We don’t yet know what the motives of the shooters are, but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make America safer and that we should come together on a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare as opposed to normal,” Obama said. “We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it does not happen with the same frequency in other countries.”
At that point Shep Smith stood by President Obama’s statement and confirmed that America does, indeed, have a much higher rate of mass shootings than the rest of the world.
“[President Obama] got a lot of partisan pushback on that from his political opponents but the fact of the matter is, among developed nations, that’s the truth. These sorts of mass shootings with the regularity of where they occur in the United States — you don’t find that in other countries… you can extrapolate what you want. I can report to you with certainty that it happens more here than anywhere else in the world.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Smith and President Obama are correct. The United States does, in fact, lead the world in mass shootings. According to the Wall Street Journal:
“The U.S. represents less than 5% of the 7.3 billion global population but accounted for 31% of global mass shooters during the period from 1966 to 2012, more than any other country…”
And since 2012, the number have mass shootings have only increased as conservatives continue to dismantle current gun laws while refusing to enact sensible regulations to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.
Finally, a Fox News host stands up for the truth instead of mindlessly ignoring the facts out of sheer hatred for President Obama. For once, President Obama has an ally on the conservative network letting viewers know that mass shootings have become an all too common occurrence that cannot be solved by prayers or adding more guns to the equation. It’s going to take a national effort to reduce gun violence through passage of gun control laws.
It’s too bad more Fox News hosts don’t have the spine to back up President Obama in this time when America needs actionable solutions to stop the bloodshed. But at least Shep Smith is a start.