Bob Davis offers up non-apology for outrageous Newtown comments [AUDIO]

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Davis and Emmer: Talking tough about Newtown victims from the comfort of their radio studio.
:::: UPDATE :::: Atomic Data pulls support from Davis & Emmer show following Davis's Newtown remarks

This morning, Bob Davis addressed the firestorm created with callous comments he made about victims of gun violence during last Friday's Davis & Emmer show.

THE BACKSTORY: Bob Davis, on Davis & Emmer show, says Newtown shooting victims can "go to hell" [AUDIO]

During that show, Davis, talking about how some people affected by December's mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, have become gun control advocates, said, "I would stand in front of them all, and tell them, 'Go to hell.'"

But Davis didn't exactly apologize today. Instead, he characterized his comment as "an emotional predecessor to a thought which can and will find a more refined expression by me and others in the future, I guarantee you."

Here's a transcript, followed by the raw audio (the transcribed segment begins around 18:20):
[DAVIS] Yes, we're getting some email regarding comments I made Friday on the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, and ah, here's what you need to know and what some of you already know about me is that, ah, this is not a contrived show, I do not hide behind flowery language I do not pull my punches ah, when I'm passionate about something it comes out on the air, it's real and it will always be that way. Ah, you may not agree with what it is, but you know what I say to you is what I'm thinking, and I'm telling you that's how it is. It might provoke some thought for you, ah, it might not, but ah, I'm gonna say what I think and I'm going to say what I feel.

What I said Friday was an emotional predecessor to a thought which can and will find a more refined expression by me and others in the future, I guarantee you. But this isn't a newspaper or a magazine and we don't filter our views or commentary before we say it, it is radio, it's immediate, it can be emotional both in its immediate expression as well as its response. It's unrealistic, I think, to expect a compete filter for anybody doing live media. Ah, Bob, what's his name? Bob Beckel, for example [Emmer laughs]. Um, but there are those who would silence the opposition in their desire to have their way, majority rule not withstanding. We all have the right to express our opinions on any subject. I've made it clear that the shooting was a couple months ago or more, and it was a tragedy for all involved, we grieved and many people grieved together.

It's critical that people who have suffered a tragedy are able to speak and it's understandable that they would wanna, you know, dedicate their lives to the memory of their children. But it's also critical that our constitutional rights are protected. And here's the point in this: What's really at stake is the insecurity because of the loss of natural rights to defend ourselves from criminals as well as the encroaching power of the state. And it's important to look at the broad ramifications that this legislation might have on liberty and security and refrain from pushing it through by parading around victims or overestimating their credibility in policy preferences just because they're victims. Victims should not be exploited, it does not help them grieve, it does not help us grieve, and it does not advance the cause of liberty. But they are, and so they become public personalities and part of the political arena and so be it and we'll leave it at that.

[EMMER] Well, thanks for that. I appreciate the entire line of thought, Bob, but that one statement -- 'You should never use the victims of a tragedy for your political gain.' It's bad form, beyond bad form.


So according to Tom Emmer's world view, it's "beyond bad form" for gun control advocates to cite those impacted by the Newtown shooting while making their case, but telling those who have recently lost loved ones during acts of senseless gun violence to "go to hell" is something to be appreciated? We just want to be clear.

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mariaston
mariaston

Yep and you're still a jackass. Yes, lets tell the VICTIMS to shut the hell up and that they're not allowed to Have an opinion let alone VOICE their opinion because in YOUR assnine view (and of course that's all that matters)it's not how they really feel, it's just other people USING them to FURTHER THEIR OWN AGENDA, because God knows they can't REALLY be feeling that why over the mere loss of a child. Someone must surely be pulling the dummy strings. You're an ass and you should have just let it go the first time. What's the saying "Better to keep your mouth shut and let them THINK you're an asshole, rather than open your mouth and PROVE they're right".

elena_973
elena_973

Freedom of speech,absolutly. But we can tell the advertisers we will stop buying their products if they continue supporting this show. End of it.

yuppers
yuppers

The advertisers that support this announcer will never get another cent from me...


nolaredheadck
nolaredheadck

How about you view every single autopsy photo of every child mutilated at Sandy Hook BEFORE you face those parents and tell them to go to hell first. I double dog dare you, you piece of filth.

charlekenghis
charlekenghis

Mr. Davis had better figure out a better apology cause his words just went national and it ain't pretty.

tyerin
tyerin

I hope Bob Davis and his entire family get anal cancer and die a slow and agonizing death.  "FREE SPEECH"

green23
green23 topcommenter

Can't these two guys say provocative and offensive things without people getting provoked and offended? It's free speech, so shut the hell up, you stupid libs!

robert.moffitt
robert.moffitt

"Sivak's study didn't look at energy consumption..."

Then I won't bother looking at Sivak's study. Might as well do a census of leprechauns and unicorns.

robert.moffitt
robert.moffitt

I certainly hope the show's advertisers tell KTCN-AM to "go to hell."

green23
green23 topcommenter

Conservatives: this is going to bite you all in the ass every time that you mention Benghazi. You can't use the deaths of four adults as a political hammer, and whine about Newtown at the same time.

green23
green23 topcommenter

Criticising Davis and Emmer is a violation of their Constitutional free speech rights, but Davis and Emmer criticising other people is just totally cool, and keeps us free.

When is the Right going to get over this idiotic notion that disagreeing with someone is "silencing" them? 

We have the entire right-wing media circus currently screaming in outrage over Beyonce and Jay-Z. Not a single one of the wingnuts sees this as "silencing" the celebrities, though. 

These two jackasses get on the air and criticise people for a living, but they can't take what they dish out for a few hours before they start crying about "free speech".

Erica
Erica

Long story short...Bob Davis isn't sorry for telling the victims and survivors of the Newtown shooting to "go to Hell", he is just "sorry" that he is being called out for his ignorant comments from last week. Instead of that longwinded rambling, Bob should just went straight to the point and said that he was only sorry for being called out by the public.

Michael J. Fischer
Michael J. Fischer

There's a HUGE difference between being passionate and being a public idiot. This whole affair broadcasts "I Am Stupid" to any body listening, who must also subscribe to that club.

Gabriel Douglas Music
Gabriel Douglas Music

just put this in the local shock ticker no need for a new article every time he opens his mouth. same with Emmer. And Bachmann.

jsmappy
jsmappy

@mariaston  Hey brainiac.....NOBODY died at Sandy Hook. However to Lemmings like you who believe EVERYTHING that is on TV, that might be too big a chunk of truth to swallow. Don't believe me? How about the NATIONAL SCHOOL SAFETY DIRECTOR appointed by Jeb Bush and who supervised the Columbine Massacre? Here, have a listen:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0ThvL55R9I


john.avignone
john.avignone

@green23 BWA HA HA HA HA HA, whew! Now, THAT'S some mightily impressive stupid, that is!

Congratulations! You've been nominated for the prestigious Irony Cross. Good luck!

eddiedobie
eddiedobie

@green23

“It’s free speech, so shut the hell up.”

Think about what you just said.

Vigilant
Vigilant

@robert.moffittSome of them have stood  by and listened to a lot of vile nasty rhetoric over weeks and months.    Until someone calls them on it, they apparently think supporting this crap is good business.   Example: 2 Proud Business Supporters/Advertisers:

WELLINGTON WINDOW  952-933-6300       minneapolis@wellingtonwindow.com

ATOMIC DATA  612-466-2000    http://atomicdata.com/contact 

john.avignone
john.avignone

@green23 scribbled in crayon...

"
Criticising Davis and Emmer is a violation of their Constitutional free speech rights."

Um, no, Dip Thunker. Not even close. FYI, the 1st only applies to GOVERNMENT. Duh. Nor does it prohibit one being roundly ridiculed for farting risibly asinine idiocy. Duh. That, you see, Dip Thunker, is also free speech. Duh.

SarcasmObviously
SarcasmObviously

@john.avignone @green23  ...I thought it was pretty obvious that he was being sarcastic. The whole "Can't these guys say provocative things without people getting provoked?" should've made it crystal clear.

That's some mighty impressive stupid on your part, John.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@eddiedobie@green23 Did you not get the satire? It was supposed to be contradictory to make a point. 

“It’s free speech, so shut the hell up.” is essentially what Davis' 'apology' is saying. 

Sometimes I think that people here are more familiar with me than they really are, I guess.

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