Larry Pratt, executive director of the far-right Gun Owners of America group, recently weighed in on the aftermath of last week's bombing in Boston, claiming that liberals were happy about the attack because it would help them in their alleged mission to expand governmental control.
Speaking on the Stan Solomon Show in an exchange captured by Right Wing Watch, co-host Steve Davis began by explaining his belief that liberals would gladly use the bombing, which killed three and wounded at least 180, for their political benefit.
“I wanna remind everybody that the left is not anti-gun. They love guns. They just don't want us to have guns. And they don’t care how many of us get killed, blown up, assaulted, murdered, whatever, as long as they can control us by taking away our guns,” Davis said. "Their goal is to take away our guns and that's what they're gonna do no matter what."
Solomon argued that the alleged liberal bloodlust wasn't necessarily partisan.
“It’s not just how many conservatives or Republicans [die], because these people that were killed and maimed and devastated and traumatized were overwhelmingly their people," he said. "They don’t care, they are like the Chinese who don’t care if they have a million casualties because they got a billion backups.”
Pratt agreed, but added another level to the claims, suggesting that liberals might even be happier that the bombing took place in a blue state, because they could now more effectively rally support for a supposed increase in governmental control.
“I think that’s exactly right,” he said. “This is mission oriented, they don’t care who the victims are. If anything it might be to their liking because maybe they’re thinking that will make the liberals all the more prone to want more control, which plays right into the hands of terrorists and criminals, but then I repeat myself.”
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Pratt has been an outspoken critic of the left amid the debate over increased gun control measures. He joked last month that "angry liberals should not have guns,” supposedly because they didn't know how to shoot them.
Earlier this month, he also suggested that he would help coordinate a primary challenge to Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who recently submitted a bipartisan compromise amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases. The measure failed last week.