MSNBC’s Martin Bashir blames NRA lobbyists for Santa Monica tragedy

Martin BashirMSNBC host Martin Bashir blamed the National Rifle Association for the deaths of six people in a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, Calif. Friday, claiming that their successful lobbying against the passage of gun control legislation in Congress led to the victims’ deaths.

Bashir made the outrageous claim during the closing segment of his show Monday.

“But, aided by the lobbying powers of the NRA, Congress couldn’t do anything,” Bashir stated. “And on Friday, [shooter] John Zawahri walked around the streets of Santa Monica with 1,300 rounds of ammunition. It’s a miracle only six people died in Santa Monica – but don’t worry, so long as we do nothing to improve gun safety, the next mass killing is just around the corner.”

He also asserted that the real tragedy from the shootings in Santa Monica wasn’t the loss of life, but rather that Zawahri had so much ammunition on him.

“But even more staggering than this individual’s list of fatalities was what emerged when the local police chief briefed the media about Zawahri’s weaponry,” Bashir said.  “Thirteen hundred rounds.  Even the police chief had to repeat herself because a civilian armed with that amount of ammunition was almost impossible to imagine.”

Bashir also went so far as to remind his audience of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting six months ago by putting up a collage of the 20 children who died that day, adding that 90 percent of people “wanted background checks for anyone who wanted to buy a gun.”

“At the time, the national sense of mourning was so deep and so wide that many people felt a line had been crossed and new gun safety legislation was no inevitable,” he stated.

In the hours after the shooting, news broke that Zawahri – who would have turned 24 on Saturday – had a history of family problems and that among the dead were his father and older brother.

Watch Bashir dissect his version of who is to blame in Santa Monica below.



  1. Bo says:

    Wow. Nothing makes me more upset the ignorance of some people. Yea the NRA pulled the trigger. I just can’t figure how some people don’t have enough sense to comprehend guns don’t kill people, people kill people. To place blame on gun organizations, gun companies, and the gun owner. Every time someone is killed in a car accident lets take away cars or blame the car company. That’s about as stupid. Guns or no guns if someone wants to kill they are going to do it. I will protect my family any way possible, gun or no gun. I’m am proud to have the right provided by the second admendment. I thank or forefathers and god for this right and will fight to the end to defend our constitutional rights.

  2. Co says:

    Someone should invent a technology where only nice people can use guns, thereby limited deranged and psychotic bad people from killing. Put that on Kickstarter!

  3. Co says:

    Someone should invent a technology where only nice people can use guns. bad people should not use guns.

  4. Martillio DePollio says:

    I heard the police chief say if all his magazines had been fully loaded he could have been carrying 1,300 rounds of ammunition. Isn’t that sort of like saying if he had unlimited resources and strength he could have been carrying multiple fully automatic machine guns and a gagillion rounds of ammunition?

    I have nothing but ill will towards the shooter but how about the good guys [chiefs of police] start issuing more factual and less inflammatory statements!?

  5. John says:

    Someone should inform him that California already performs background checks for every single firearm purchase. You can’t even buy a gun at a gun show or private party without a background check and a 10 waiting period. They have been doing this for years! Also magazine capacity is legally limited to 10 rounds and has been for years. This incident is a clear reminder that gun control laws do not work. In a state that has had the toughest gun laws in the whole country a criminal was still able to buy an illegally configured AR15, illegal 30 round magazines and illegally murder people. Gun Control laws only “control” law abiding citizens.

  6. Eddie S. says:

    Idiot! 1300 rounds is a paltry amount. I keep much more than that in my gun safe at all times. As far as gun safety, The NRA is and has always done it’s part in gun safety. This shooting had nothing to do with that. If the politicians would start recognizing these nut cases for what they are, the guy would have been in an institution somewhere. NOT NRA’s fault at all.

  7. Sue says:

    my comment is about Bashir blaming guns for some nutcase running loose, I blame Bashir for allowing nutcases to run loose in California, we need a background check on idiots in public office let alone out on the streets. Create more low income housing and lower the stress levels of the nutcases and you will have less shootings and rampages.