MSNBC 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.