It seems the gun control debate is reignited after every tragedy involving a firearm, and the recent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher is no exception. During Fox News’ “Hannity” on Monday, radio host Leo Terrell and author Erik Rush got into a very heated exchange over gun control and whether or not stricter gun laws could have prevented the tragedy.
Host Sean Hannity began by telling Terrell that if someone is “hellbent on killing somebody,” like O.J. Simpson, they don’t need a gun to do it. Terrell is reportedly friends with Simpson.
“I anticipated you using the Simpson case. Shame on you,” Terrell said. “Gun control is an issue where guns are in the hands of people in the urban community and guns are being used to kill people.”
“Do you want to take away people’s Second Amendment rights?” Hannity asked.
“No! I want to be clear about that but I do want restrictions on guns,” Terrell said, adding that anyone who can shoot the mother of his child and then kill himself should not have a gun.
So Hannity asked the obvious question, “Well, how do you tell that ahead of time? You going to look into your little Leo Terrell crystal ball and figure it out?” Terrell answered by accusing the host of “making a mockery” of a serious situation.
Now, despite the fact that Erik Rush did not once interrupt Terrell while he gave his answers, he was not given the same courtesy. After almost every response he gave during “Hannity” on Monday, Terrell was there to holler, cut him off and call him names.
Rush argued that the anti-gun crowd uses “fear mongering” and “histrionics” after every high-profile case involving gun violence to further their agenda, saying they wish to “disarm the public.”
“That’s an absolute lie!” Terrell interjected.
“Hey, hey, hey! Don’t interrupt me,” Rush shot back.
“I will interrupt you! There is not one piece of legislation passed by the Obama administration to restrict guns.”
Watch the explosive segment below via Fox News/Mediaite:
Hannity attempted to get his guests to play nice, but it was pointless. Terrell made it about 15 seconds before he began screaming again during Rush’s remarks about his opponent being a “black man” who “comes out for all this gun control with specious arguments.”
“Don’t even use race here! Because you are being used right now,” Terrell yelled. “No, no, no. You can go ahead and cut my mic off!”
It was a short time later that Terrell began with the name-calling, labeling Rush “an embarrassment.”
Finally, Rush couldn’t take anymore. “Why don’t you shut up! Just please shut up! Shut up,” he shouted. “You don’t even know what you are talking about.”
“You shut up! You shut your mouth!” Terrell screamed back.