Former Fox News host and best-selling author Bill O’Reilly countered liberal calls for further gun control measures following Sunday’s Texas church shooting, contending that “psychopaths will always be able to secure weapons.”
In a series of tweets on Monday, O’Reilly noted the limitations of the law in stopping someone intent on killing.
“News Flash: terrorists and psychopaths will always be able to secure weapons, no matter what legislation is passed,” the commentator wrote in one post.
NEWS FLASH: terrorists and psychopaths will always be able to secure weapons no matter what legislation is passed.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) November 6, 2017
He added that even if someone leads a “bizarre” life up to the moment he or she does something violent, the law has no authority to address the matter.
Reilly further observed that the price of living in a free society is the ability of people to abuse that freedom by committing “horrendous crimes.”
In fact, current federal law makes it unlawful for those convicted of domestic violence to purchase or even own a firearm.
The law precluded the alleged shooter, 26-year old Devin Kelley, from owning the Ruger AR-556 said to have been used in Sunday’s shooting, which left 26 dead and roughly 20 others injured.
While serving in the Air Force, Kelley was convicted by a military court in 2012 of assaulting his wife and child. He spent 12 months in military prison and afterward was discharged from the Air Force.