Shep Smith Gives A Stunning Rebuke To Tepid Gun Control Polling: ‘If We Had Stuck With Polls, We’d Have Had Slavery’

Shep Smith Gives A Stunning Rebuke To Tepid Gun Control Polling: ‘If We Had Stuck With Polls, We’d Have Had Slavery’

Brett LoGiurato | Jan. 22, 2013, 10:51 AM

Fox NewsFox News anchor Shepard Smith gave a rather stunning rebuke to a suggestion that gun-control measures wouldn’t pass Congress because of non-moving polling on the subject.

“If we stuck with the polls, we’d have had slavery a lot longer than we did,” Smith said.

Smith’s comment came in a back-and-forth with The Hill associate editor A.B. Stoddard during a slow moment in the inaugural parade on Monday, when the two discussed the vision President Barack Obama laid out in a rather progressive inaugural speech.

Congress is scheduled to begin what could be a lengthy debate over new gun-control measures that Obama announced in a White House press conference last week.

Stoddard wasn’t optimistic about any bipartisan consensus on new measures such as an assault-weapons ban or limits on high-capacity magazines.

Smith sounded incredulous that there would not be agreement on large-capacity magazine limits.

“No chance for that?” he said.

“Right now, the numbers don’t exist on the Republican or Democratic side,” Stoddard said.

What about closing the so-called “gun-show loophole” on background checks, Smith asked?

“The polls show a change in support,” Stoddard said. “If you poll the members of Congress…”

“If we stuck with the polls, we’d have had slavery a lot longer than we did,” Smith said, interrupting.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/shep-smith-gun-control-slavery-polls-fox-news-2013-1#ixzz2IkxvSgiU

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