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Megyn Kelly Gun Laws Las Vegas Video

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Megyn Kelly Gun Laws Las Vegas Video

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Less than two days after the Las Vegas shooting left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured, Megyn Kelly says changing gun laws won’t stop mass shootings. The TV personality made the comment on her new show, “Megyn Kelly Today.” Watch the video below.

The “Today” show is continuing its special coverage of the aftermath of the massacre. Due to the breaking news aspect of it all on Monday, Kelly’s program did not air. Today’s edition marked her first chance to address the tragedy, and she began the hour by delivering a monologue of sorts. It was a somber and solemn reaction, but laced with anti-gun control commentary.

Kelly began, “Yesterday, as you know, we woke up to a horrific story. At least 59 people were murdered, more than 500 were injured, in another mass shooting incident. This one was in Las Vegas. I felt so sad on hearing the news and helpless, right? I personally felt thankful that my kids were too young to watch the news. These folks went to an outdoor venue to listen to a concert and there was music and there was dancing and then bullets, raining down from the 32nd floor of a hotel room above, indiscriminately and mercilessly.”

She went on, “Scores of people were shot under rapid fire and it sounded like warfare. It looked like war. It looked like it. A 64-year-old man who fit into no known risk category, no apparent history of violence, no mental health problems, no zealotry that we know of, opened fire on innocent people who had no chance of fighting back. That’s how it always is. They had no chance, from Columbine to Newtown to the Pulse nightclub, and now in Las Vegas, the shooters target those who have little to no chance of defending themselves.”

“I have been watching as the victims’ names come in, and they are people just like you and me,” Kelly continued. “Sandra Casey, a special-ed teacher. Neysa Tonks, a mother of three children. Sonny Melton, a 29-year-old nurse who saved his wife’s life before losing his own. The good people of Nevada sprang into action, reminding us of who we really are in this country, who we are. The police who confronted the danger head on, the medical staff at the hospitals who kept the OR doors open day and night, the regular folks who donated water and supplies and waited in line for hours to donate blood.”

Kelly further said, “And now we inevitably struggle, in vain, to make sense of it all, trying to rationalize an irrational act. I think we feel like finding the motive will help us understand better, help us feel like the next one may be preventable, if we can only understand this one. But the truth is, we never really change anything after these situations, do we? And the mass murders keep coming. They keep coming and they come and they come, over and over again. So many now that we stop and say ‘oh, god,’ when we see it, then we move on, perhaps a little too quickly.”

Then came the pointed political commentary. Kelly expressed, “So, I do feel helpless in these times. Do you? The mental health laws are not going to change, and we know it. The gun laws? Right. And even if they did change, you would still get people like this guy and we know it. From the look of things, this is a guy who was a lone shooter, no history of violence, no record, no red flags, no anything. No anything in this case, not yet anyway. A retired accountant who had a girlfriend, who was supposedly happy, decided to murder a group of innocent people here in the land of the free. So how exactly do we make sense of that?”

Kelly then said she was going to do discuss that question with guest Tom Brokaw and the studio audience. First, though, Savannah Guthrie appeared via satellite from Las Vegas to discuss the current happenings there. And when Brokaw joined her, Kelly again said that “nothing changes” after these tragedies and questioned whether anything could be done in a “free society.” He insisted, “If this isn’t a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.” But Kelly countered, “Well, that’s what people said after Newtown and it wasn’t.” Check out the full video of Kelly’s opening remarks below. NOTE: The video is no longer available.


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