On Wednesday night, Fox News’ Sean Hannity tackled gun rights, an ever-controversial issue that continues to stand at the forefront of public discussion and debate following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The popular television and radio host spoke with civil rights attorney Leo Terrell and conservative lawyer Jay Sekulow — two individuals with divergent ideas about how to handle gun ownership.
As the men discussed The Journal News’ recent decision to publish the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in two New York Counties, Terrell became to frustrated by Hannity’s questioning that he literally covered his ears and refused to respond. But before this odd behavior took form, the host asked Terrell, who agreed with the newspaper’s actions, if he believes in privacy rights.
“This information will alert the neighborhood of people who are mentally ill,” the civil rights attorney responded.
From there, the conversation became increasingly-heated, with Terrell raising his voice and attempting to rail against his conservative opponents. Sekulow noted that background checks are required in all 50 states — provisions that sometimes protect against mentally-unstable individuals securing firearms. Rather than protecting lives, Sekulow dismissed Terrell’s claim that publishing the names and addresses is a good idea; instead, he said such action impedes the rights of gun owners.
But it wasn’t until Hannity brought up O.J. Simpson, noting the civil rights attorney’s friendship with the former football player, that Terrell put his hands on his ears and refused to respond to the host. Watch the contentious and awkward situation, below:
Simpson has apparently been a sore spot for Terrell for quite some time. Years ago, when Hannity asked him about the murder chargers that were once waged against the former athlete, Terrell walked off set.
And during yet another interview, he gave Hannity the silent treatment. See this latter exchange, below (around the 4:30 mark):
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