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CONSERVATIVE SOUL SEARCHING FOLLOWING SCHOOL SHOOTING

December 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reacting to the Connecticut shootings on Friday, Rupert Murdoch tweeted, “Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?” The following day he reacted to President Obama’s statement on the tragedy by commenting on Twitter: “Nice words from POTUS on shooting tragedy, but how about some bold leadership action?” His remarks immediately triggered speculation that Murdoch himself might show some “bold leadership action” by muffling his commentators on the Fox News Channel, who have consistently argued against such bans (except over the weekend when they remained mostly quiet on the issue, maintaining that the shootings should not be politicized; opponents of gun control declined invitations from several Sunday talk shows to discuss their position.) On Politico.com, columnist Dylan Byers took note of Murdoch’s tweets and remarked that Murdoch did “not seem to have called on [Fox News President Roger Ailes] to entertain a legitimate, nonpartisan discussion about a ban on automatic weapons.” Meanwhile, MSNBC’s conservative morning host, Joe Scarborough, indicated today (Monday) that he has undergone a change of heart following the Connecticut shooting. Noting that in his “past career” as a U.S. Congressman, he received the NRA’s “highest ratings over four terms,” Scarborough said that he had begun “to question my own long-held belief” on gun control. He continued: “I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I demand for my children. Friday changed everything. It must change everything. We all must begin anew and demand that Washington’s old way of doing business is no longer acceptable.”