Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, once again, clashed with Democratic commentator Kirsten Powers on Tuesday night, as the two debated gun control and the impact that bans on firearms have on women. The discussion initially surrounded the viral clip of “gun girl” Celia Bigelow questioning Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), but it expanded into a spirited back-and-forth on the issue of female endangerment.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Bigelow recently asked him, “Why aren’t you pro-choice when it comes to self-defense for women?,” at a townhall event. The congressman subsequently refused to answer the question. O’Reilly used this scenario to enter into a discussion with Powers about female gun rights.
“This is interesting, turning the pro-choice phrase around to promote gun protection for women,” O’Reilly said of Bigelow’s comments, asking the Democratic commentator for her thoughts on the matter.
Powers said that she didn’t really understand why “pro-choice” was being brought into the mix, noting that she believes the gun control debate is more rooted in figuring out which measures are best for society.
“We have to have some laws that restrict guns a little bit,” she said. “I don’t think it means we don’t want to protect women or have women protect themselves — I just don’t think you need an assault weapon to protect yourself.”
O’Reilly agreed with Powers on the pro-choice front, noting that “there’s no comparison toward choosing what to do in a pregnancy and choosing what to do in protecting yourself — that’s apples to oranges.”
But the two disagreed over whether restrictive gun laws place women at a disadvantage. While O’Reilly contended that women are in a more vulnerable spot in locations where handguns are banned due to issues pertaining to physicality and other related factors, Powers disagreed.
“I’m a woman and I don’t have a gun and I feel safe,” she responded.
From there, the situation turned somewhat more contentious, with the two going back and forth over whether women should have the choice to protect themselves with firearms.
“I think that you’re putting more women in more danger than men,” O’Reilly said of measures that don’t allow females to have guns, if they so choose.
“I reject this whole ‘choice’ thing. I reject it when used for abortion. It’s a silly argument,” Powers responded.
Watch the back-and-forth, below:
The two previously clashed last week over spending cuts.
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