On Friday, Donald Trump publicly imagined a scenario in which armed bar-goers stopped the Orlando shooter by firing back at him in the darkened club, successfully making a pro-gun argument too stupid for even the NRA to defend.
“If we had people where the bullets were going in the opposite direction, right smack between the eyes of this maniac,” said Trump at a rally in Houston. “That would’ve been a beautiful, beautiful sight, folks.”
“No one thinks that people should go into a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms,” said Cox, forgetting about one person who, at least in passing, does think that. “That defies common sense. It also defies the law.”
On CBS’ Face the Nation, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre made a similar comment, saying, “I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking.” Still, the organization managed to accept Trump’s comments by agreeing with them in the broadest sense possible.
“What Donald Trump has said is what the American people know is commonsense,” said Cox. “That if somebody had been there to stop this faster, fewer people would have died.”