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

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Emmer: Pro-gun control Newtown families are "pawns" of "political charades."
Bob Davis had some heinous things to say to victims of those impacted by gun violence during Friday's installment of AM 1130's Davis & Emmer show.

:::: UPDATES ::::
-- Bob Davis offers up non-apology for outrageous Newtown comments [AUDIO]
-- Atomic Data pulls support from Davis & Emmer show following Davis's Newtown remarks

When the topic turned to how some of those affected by December's mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, have become gun control advocates, Davis said, "I would stand in front of them all, and tell them, 'Go to hell.'"

"Well, they're being used," Emmer replied. "It's probably one of the worst, ah, political stunts you could do is to use the victims of the tragedy."

Here's a full transcript, followed by the raw audio (the transcribed portion begins around 6:20):
[DAVIS] And here's the other thing that drives me crazy. They trot out the victims. And I have something I want to say to the victims of Newtown, or any other shooting. I don't care if it's here in Minneapolis or anyplace else. Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn't mean that you get to put a king in charge of my life. I'm sorry that you suffered a tragedy, but you know what? Deal with it, and don't force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss. I'm sick and tired of seeing these victims trotted out, given rides on Air Force One, hauled into the Senate well, and everyone is just afraid -- they're terrified of these victims.

[EMMER] Well they're being used -- they're being used...

[DAVIS] I would stand in front of them and tell them, 'go to hell.'

[EMMER] It's probably one of the worst, ah, political stunts you could do is to use the victims of the tragedy.

[DAVIS] And they fall for it every time!

[EMMER] Well, you know what, they're in a bad place, Bob.

[DAVIS] I don't care!

[EMMER] I understand, but you have to understand that these people might not realize until years later that they've actually been pawns of these political charades when it comes to issues like this.

[DAVIS] But someone has to tell them: Listen, I realize you have a problem. I realize you're a victim. But that doesn't entitle you to take my liberty. Why can't we just say this?


As you'd imagine, almost all of the more than 50 comments left on AM 1130's Davis & Emmer podcast page as of yesterday evening blasted one or both of the hosts. Here's an unedited sampling of some reactions:
"Davis and Emmer and your station should be ashamed of the callous stance taken about guns and Newtown. Two angry men, who also care nothing for the pain their words cause. No one is bothering your 'liberty' nor do you have a 'king'. Two immature men who seem smugly satisfied with the venom they spew. I hope your sponsors bail on you as fast as they can and your show vanishes. You help nothing with your hate."

"Appallingly insensitive comments on the Newtown deaths. How does a person get to fall so low?"

"Most unbelievably insensitive thing I have heard, I will NEVER listen to this station again and will encourage all my friends and acquaintances to do the same."

"Mr. Davis, my hope is that you said such things simply for the shock value and to attract attention to your PATHETIC radio show. But if it wasn't, and these are ACTUALLY your feelings and thoughts, then you are the most DISGUSTING Human Being walking this earth. Your lack of human decency and common sense is staggering..."

"Are you completely devoid of empathy and basic human compassion? Your comments about Newtown are despicable."
And to think that one half of this dynamic duo came within 9,000 votes of becoming our governor less than three years ago.

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NomeSain
NomeSain

Davis is an unprincipled low-life whose job it is to rile up a frightened, moronic wing-nut audience to listen to his every word so that unsophisticated advertisers will spend money on the radio station's ads.  It is as simple as that.  If his own mother was murdered, he'd be just as bombastic.  He is a tool.  Nothing more.

Energy72
Energy72

I too am unable to find out who sponsors the Davis and Emmer show.  When I find out, I will make it a point to avoid business transactions with those companies and ensure my friends do as well.  It would be wise for those companies to stop supporting this crude show.

pwatts4148
pwatts4148

I live in Ga and I just came by this article about Bob Davis,what a cruel bastard to say the things he said.I have benn trying to find out how many of his sponsers has left them but can't find that info,hope they all left them.Someone please tell me they have been fired from that station.

noeatorres
noeatorres

tell that to a dying child how much your rights are much more important than his or her young life you spineless creature 

noeatorres
noeatorres

tell that to a dying child how much your rights are much more important than his or her young life you spineless creature 

pforve
pforve

Minnesota NASTY!   MOUTH Bob Davis and his sidekick are an embarrassment to the Twin Cities!  Please Clear Channel, have some moral fortitude and drop them both from your programming!

darioper
darioper

No, No No. Are you serious!?!  Take this jerk of off the air  . Freedom of speech?  If I see you I WILL spit in your face.  Take your guns and stick em".  

Yeah, your ratings go up. But, the places you visit will be "Uncomfortable".

Don't ever repeat shit  like that again. You and your radio station are just crap


How the hell do you   J.O.  with  thoughts like  "Let them go to hell"?  


I will spit in your face.....A HOLE!


luvcats59
luvcats59

I survived gun violence. The pain I live with every single day Is an uphill battle to "deal with". The nightmares are horrible. Last May I decided to try to get lawmakers to gain better control over guns. Not to ban all of them. To encourage more personal responsibility and to ban assault rifles. No one twisted my arm. No one exploited me. I wanted to do this because I don't want anyone else to experience the pain I have. That's the case with the other survivors and families who are speaking against gun violence. What this man said is the most disgusting and offensive thing I have ever heard. Please fire him!

jastaiti
jastaiti

Bob Davis spoke like a fool, and no, I do not think he is a conservative, I think he is a sociopath. For heavens' sake, is he jealous of the victims' families getting to ride on Air Force One? Bob is afraid of the families of the victims? I wouldn't blame them if they were furious and disgusted with him right now, however I'm sure they're not out to hurt Bob; they're not criminals. Bob, on the other hand, is an idiot, and doesn't appear to be in his right mind. Does he not realize that the families of the victims have already been through hell? Bob needs to find another line of work. I don't think it took guts to say what he said. Even if he feels the victims' families are being used by those in favor of gun safety -- not that I agree that that is what is happening -- there are an infinite number of thoughtful and tactful ways he could have tried to make that point. He did not choose to be thoughtful, he chose to do something rather distasteful in heaping abuse on those who have suffered tragedies, and his tastelessness in this regard has nothing to do with a political debate; it has everything to do with him deciding to be a contemptible person.

NewView
NewView

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kz1231
kz1231

these guys don't even have the spine to leave their FB page online after saying something like that. wow. what courageous, candid americans.

shootar401
shootar401

Although the words are harsh, I agree 100%, you guys had the guts to say it. 

skykid
skykid

Lord help Bob Davis if he ever loses a loved one to gun violence.

kerry_wilbury
kerry_wilbury

A couple of right wing idiots. A family dynasty to run (ruin) America? Are they talking about the Bush family. Did George W. Bush ever apologize for lying about weapons of mass destruction? No! These guys need to be taken off of the air. They are complete idiots.

evan0358
evan0358

As of 11 AM this morning, Atomic Data has pulled all financial support for the Davis and Emmer show. A formal press release will be distributed later this afternoon.

evan0358
evan0358

At Atomic Data we believe in respectful, civil debate and discourse but Bob Davis crossed the line.  Bob's comments trouble us greatly, and we are in the process of not only addressing the issue with station management but looking for alternative sponsorships.  

pgus44
pgus44

Anyone have the stomach to listen to this show so you can tell me who their sponsors are? It's boycott time.

estragon
estragon

Put a king in charge of your life? Take your liberty? What a bunch of hooey hyperbole! I think we can all agree that liberty is important. The consequences of your stance, sir,  have taken all the liberty those nineteen little kids at Newtown would have ever experienced, and ripped it from them forever. What about their liberty?

mollygoodspeed
mollygoodspeed

bob@twincitiesnewstalk.com. SEND THE GUY AN EMAIL! Now it's your chance to tell HIM to go to hell, see how he likes it.

mollygoodspeed
mollygoodspeed

bob@twincitiesnewstalk.com. Send the man an email, I did. Told him to go to hell.

mollygoodspeed
mollygoodspeed

bob@twincitiesnewstalk.com. Send the man an email, I did. Told him to go to hell.

atthewall
atthewall

How are they "taking YOUR liberty" by asking for private sellers at gun shows to perform background checks on buyers? You are a bullshit, lying, crap merchant more interested in commerce than preserving life.  There is no slippery slope to gun confiscation, there is actually a slippery slope to unchecked gun proliferation. May you live to experience the unintended consequences of your irresponsibility first hand.

atthewall
atthewall

People should call the sponsors of that show and tell them what kind of scum bag they are sponsoring.  They are proudly listed on 1130's website.

imarollingstonesfan
imarollingstonesfan

WOW, UNBELIEVABLE, What a couple of low life's. This makes me embarrassed to be human.

oflairkjs
oflairkjs

Hell is to good for you.  There must be a worse place for you.  TAKE A CUP OF SHUT THE HELL UP.

Anon
Anon

Quite happy he said it. Sometimes the truth is harsh, and the truth is that neither Newtown, nor the parents of victims, are justifications for legislation. 

arcadestooge
arcadestooge

Bob Davis is a vicious snarling piece of shit. He is not a conservative in the true sense of the word, he's the schoolyard bully who needs a lesson in civility and empathy.

arcadestooge
arcadestooge

Bob Davis is a vicious snarling piece of shit. He is not a conservative in the true sense of the word, he's the schoolyard bully who needs a lesson in civility and empathy.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Conservativism is a mental disease.  They lack empathy and don't care about anyone else but themselves.  Such comments are par for the course with these people.

awplanalp
awplanalp

Davis-For you to say such hurtful things that you did to the Newtown families on 4/12 at the 6:20 mark is astounding to me. All of those families, I'm sure, are way to wrapped up in their own grief to even pay the slightest bit of attention to you and your hurtful comments, however I feel the need to say something to you. Davis I am going to assume that someone in your life has loved you so much that they would give up anything for you. I bet it was your mother. Clearly you have not felt this kind of love for another person. That makes me feel sorry for you, because this means that you have lived a life that has not truly been lived. It must be so rewarding to tuck in your "Liberty" at night. You must adoring watch on as your little "Liberty" plays out side splashing in the sprinklers with his little friend down the street called the NRA. Clearly there is nothing in your miserable existence that is worth sacrificing 20 6 &7 year old children, and 6 of their teachers. All those poor mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters with empty beds, empty christmas stocking, empty car seats, and empty arms...their lives will never be the same. How dare you tell them to "go to hell" because they have a message to share with the world that you don't agree with. I wonder what your mother would say about your comments? Shame on you.

wdougwert
wdougwert

@shootar401 The guts to say it? In a fuckin radio booth? That is guts? You sir are a coward 

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@evan0358 Could you please email the statement to me when it's ready? I'd like to follow up on this story. atrupar@gmail.com. Thanks.

troymxz
troymxz

@evan0358 YES!! You are right on point with your views and statements

gotohellpos
gotohellpos

@Anon You're a fool and a compassionless coward. I'm sure you're like most righties who would change their opinion on a dime if a senseless tragedy happened in your own family. Go to hell. 

abell23
abell23

No. He IS a conservative in the true sense of the word. They have always been schoolyard bullies... They've just turned it up to 11 in the last 8 years...

Vigilant
Vigilant

@MNjoe These two have created a circus of the absurd in their radio echo chamber.   Their sick anti-social Ayn Randian take on the world is weekly strengthened by feedback from equally extreme listeners.    They are so lost in this little micro-world that it could well be taken for a mental disorder.    Paranoia and a callous disregard for fellow human beings are promoted as a virtue in their little feedback loop.   It is frightening to realize how many were fooled into thinking Emmer could have been a statesman figure - a respectable governor.    A would-be governor - now just a willing sidekick to a raving fever swamp lunatic espousing hateful rhetoric.  

atthewall
atthewall

@Vigilant They always think they are being logical with their rigid, simplistic, absolutist interpretations of damn near everything, when in fact they are childlike, with no real understanding of real world consequences, gradations, nuance or compromise, only their fantasies of government dominion and loss of "freedom", (defined in a way only an oligarch could appreciate).  They are idiots and zealots, masquerading as citizen soldiers.

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