The co-hosts of Fox News Channel’s The Five began Tuesday’s show with discussion of actor Vince Vaughn’s recent comments in support of gun rights and grew rather heated when first-time co-host Geraldo Rivera compared Vaughn to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Following co-host Greg Gutfeld’s opening commentary about Vaughn’s, the media’s reaction to them, and how killers often seek out places where it’s unlikely that anyone will be carrying a gun, Rivera first commented by remarking that “[t]he Second Amendment is most lavishly defended” amendment in “all the Constitution of the United States.”
After Gutfeld asserted that is important since it “defends the First Amendment,” Rivera sought to mock gun rights supporters when he declared that “[a]nybody who thinks they need guns, there’s a gun for every man, woman and child in the country to protect against the corrupt and arrogant and pervasive government.”
When Rivera then asked his fellow co-hosts if Vaughn’s statements “remind you of Timothy McVeigh and the militias,” multiple groans were heard and they immediately began shouting in his direction.
Gutfeld emerged from the groans to push back at Rivera and first expressed befuddlement at the comparison: “Oh please – that reminds me of almost all of America and by the way, why would you go straight to McVeigh? Why would you?”
Cut off from continuing, Rivera warned that Americans “are bathing in blood in the civil war that is racking the inner city of this country” and that “[t]he last thing we need now is guns.”
Responding once again, Gutfeld pointed out that many of those shootings Rivera referenced are committed with “illegal guns” by gangs and has nothing to do with the Second Amendment or “law-abiding citizens.” In another swipe, Gutfeld told Rivera that he shouldn’t “play that game with me.”
Rivera continued the debate by emphasizing that “[i]t’s people with guns, please, give me break” and bringing up the rising death toll in Baltimore due to increased violence. When asked by Gutfeld how that’s occurred, the liberal FNC personality stated that it’s because “everyone has a gun and they use them.”