Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro is one of the biggest names in conservative media.
That makes Shapiro a target.
And a former Fox News star picked a fight with Ben Shapiro that backfired in this big way.
Former Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson started the cascade of sexual harassment complaints that forced out Fox News President Roger Ailes in 2016.
Carlson quickly became a hero to the Left.
Now Carlson is playing to her new fan base by attacking Shapiro over his opposition to the government imposing a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
On his podcast, Shapiro reacted to Democrat demands that the government ban and confiscate firearms in the wake of the tragedy in Lewiston, Maine, by pointing out that Israel had total gun bans for citizens that left them defenseless when Hamas terrorists launched their sneak terrorist attack on October 7.
Shapiro told listeners that he wouldn’t leave himself or his family defenseless at the hands of murderous terrorists and that he would never give up his AR-15 because the gun control laws on the books are a failure.
“So, no, I’m not going to be giving up my AR-15 because a mentally-ill person, who never should have had weapons, committed a heinous act of evil,” Shapiro declared.
Carlson chimed in by falsely claiming that Americans couldn’t own an AR-15 before 2004 and that banning these firearms would save lives.
Ordinary people didn’t have AR-15s before 2004. They’re not some time-honored American tradition, they’re a recent mistake that we could fix and save thousands of lives in the process. https://t.co/IlJ4FuadBP
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) October 30, 2023
That is just simply not true on every level.
Bill Clinton signed a so-called “assault weapons” ban into law in 1994, and Congress let the ban expire in 2004.
Prior to 1994, Americans could own an AR-15.
And the Columbine school shooting, which was really the event that began the wave of tragedies after the media promoted the identity and grievances of the killers and showed mentally disturbed individuals how they could become famous, occurred in 1999, which was smack dab in the middle of the 10-year period where the gun ban was on the books.
Carlson wanted to virtue signal for her new fans on the Left and repeated a bunch of easily debunked lies that the gun grabbers routinely tell themselves.