On Monday July 4, a mass shooting took place during an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The shooting started about 15 minutes after the parade began. Seven people were murdered and at least 46 others injured.
As expected, Illinois Democratic Governor Jay Robert "J. B." Pritzker held a press conference—joined by Illinois Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth and first responders—to apprise the public.
You can see the full press conference remarks by Governor Pritzker and Senator Duckworth here:
"Our Founding Fathers carried muskets, not assault weapons."
"And I don’t think a single one of them would have said 'you have a constitutional right to an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine'."
Disgraced former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly took exception to Pritzker's words.
Using his self-created online program he calls No Spin News, O'Reilly ranted against the Illinois governor.
"You, J.B., are not gonna stop loons, and you won’t stop crime, drug crime, drug gangs, because they’re minority gangs!"
"That’s why you won’t stop them! You phony!"
"You aid and abet this murder in Chicago every blankin’ day. You! Don’t be sanctimonious with me!"
But O'Reilly—who lost his job and standing after a six figure settlement over repeated instances of workplace sexual harassment—found few online supporters for his views.
While many noted...
O'Reilly's non sequitur about Chicago and racial minorities is common rhetoric among gun rights advocates after every mass shooting by a White radicalized domestic terrorist.
Their whataboutism deflection is intended to distract the public from gun control efforts and accountability for individuals and organizations enabling or promoting White nationalist and White supremacist radicalism and incitement of violence.