After defending assault rifles for years, televangelist Pat Robertson has flip-flopped and called for a ban on the deadly weapons.
Robertson made the announcement on The 700 Club, notes Right Wing Watch:
Ladies and gentlemen, I am a gun owner. I have hunted. I have shot skeet. I have gotten awards when I was in the Marine Corps for shooting.
I’ve got no opposition whatsoever to shooting, but for heaven’s sakes, I don’t think that the general population needs to have automatic weapons. It just doesn’t have to have Russian-built or Chinese-built machine guns. It just doesn’t.
I mean it’s one thing to defend yourself with a pistol or a shotgun to hunt with, but it’s something else to have [assault weapons]. I think we can ban those things without too much trouble.
They have what they call bump stocks, which you hit it and it would go automatic, we can stop that. It’s just got to be. It’s sensible.
On Nov. 7, 2017, Robertson warned people not to politicize guns following a mass shooting at a Texas church, noted the Friendly Atheist (video below):
He’s mentally unstable. But I hope and pray they don’t politicize this thing and start talking about gun control and all that because it won’t be necessary. But I do think there’s got to be a thorough investigation into the effect of antidepressants on these [inaudible].
And they’ve been so many of these mass killings and almost every one, as I said before, has had some nexus to antidepressants. So, we need to see what we are giving people. But my goodness, our prayers are with those people from that small community in Texas. The worst shooting — church shooting — in the history of the United States of America.
In October 2017, Robertson blamed the Las Vegas mass shooting on disrespect for the National Anthem and other institutions, but not guns, noted HuffPost:
There is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places.”
There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system. All the way up and down the line, disrespect.