Columnist: I Bought My First Gun Because of the CNN Town Hall
Writer Robert Norman told Tucker Carlson on Thursday that he purchased his first firearm as a result of the rhetoric at the CNN town hall that was aired in the wake of the Florida school shooting.
Norman wrote about his decision for the Federalist and told Carlson he was seeing fiery reactions during and after the event that made him consider making a purchase.
"No one was really talking about the [gun control] issue from a really complex perspective," he said.
The town hall featured Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, several survivors of the Parkland shooting, and NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
"This isn't a simple issue," Norman said, adding that he was troubled by the lack of conversation about the "liberty" aspect of the issue.
He agreed safety is paramount but that liberty is important too.
Norman said he was not excited to purchase the gun and pledged not to carry it until he completes proper training and is self-confident enough to bear it.
Carlson said Norman may have made the "most thoughtful gun purchase of the year."
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