Sandy Hook resident offers to fly Bob Davis to Newtown so he can repeat "go to hell" remark [UPDATE]

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It's all fun and laughs until somebody asks you to put your money where your mouth is.
On the April 12 installment of AM 1130's Davis & Emmer show, Bob Davis said he'd stand in front of people affected by the Sandy Hook massacre who are now gun control advocates and tell them, "go to hell."

SEE ALSO: Atomic Data pulls support from Davis & Emmer show following Davis's Newtown remarks

Davis initially refused to apologize (see update below) for that extremely callous remark, so one Sandy Hook resident wants to see if he's really willing to walk the walk. He's contacted Davis and offered to pay to fly him out to Connecticut so he can actually tell families affected by Newtown to go to hell to their faces.

You'll be surprised to learn that Davis hasn't responded.

From a Star Tribune op-ed written by Sandy Hook resident Brad Greene and published yesterday:

I find Davis' comments insensitive and in extremely poor taste, but acknowledge that he is entitled to express his opinion. My question is whether he has the courage to crawl out from behind the safety of his studio and microphone and repeat his words in front of victims of gun violence. Would he have the courage to look people in the eye, tell them to deal with their tragedy, tell them that his liberty is more important than their loss, and tell them to go to hell?

Recently, I sent Davis an e-mail offering to pay his travel expenses to Newtown to stand in front of people and repeat the words he said on the radio. It is no surprise that he has not responded to my offer.

At a time when so many people across the country are joining to support one another in times of tragedy, it is disgraceful that Davis would use his platform in such a divisive manner. I feel strongly that words matter and that Davis' comments are an embarrassment to the good city of Minneapolis.

I hope people there will tune him out and let his station and sponsors know that there is no place for his brand of vitriolic discourse.

It should also be noted that a woman living in the United Kingdom has created a change.org petition demanding that Davis apologize, meaning his comment has officially outraged people throughout the world.

:::: UPDATE ::::

It has been brought to our attention that Davis finally apologized for his Newtown remark late last week.

On his show, Davis characterized his remark as an "inappropriate comment" and said he "did not mean to criticize the families of the victims... I want to offer my most sincere and total apology to all the families for any further pain those words may have caused."

The Star Tribune reports that AM 1130 officials won't say whether Davis was disciplined.

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mfnmoody250
mfnmoody250

I hope I catch him in the street one day.


lyndsy2
lyndsy2

Bob, you are a coward.  Face those people if you have something to say to them.  To bad it won't be comforting but you still have your freedom of speech.  God forgive you.

Carol

HaveHeart
HaveHeart

ConservativeJerk - my what a fitting name. If you equate freedom of speech to filling the airwaves with hateful and heartless talk - then you do not fully understand the true origin of the right for freedom of speech. The right was to protect a person from being oppressed and was not meant as a license to do harm with ones voice. It is not a right that allows one to be heartless and cruel. But people like Davis are protected even if they abuse their freedom of speech for hateful things. Because this is America. Emotions aside, the rest of us have the same freedom of speech to call him out for his callous remarks. Davis has no rational thought. He is a disgrace as a human being when he speaks like that toward people who lost their children. These victims are out there honoring their innocent children and Davis has responded how? What good does that kind of talk promote? Is it good to proudly declare that you can bash a victims family with little regard to them on a human level? If you believe so then I wonder where your heart is. Children have died. Their light was put out too early. Think of what they could have done in this world. As a parent wondering what to do amidst the grief, these parents bravely put themselves out there in order to try and effect some change. Whether you believe it would have done any good or not, they wanted to do some good in the world to honor the innocent lives lost. And what did most hateful people do in times like these? Fight harder for their profits and gun rights. Hateful people further victimized these parents who lost their children. That's cowardice. They held fast to their steel and proclaimed that criminals have won so they don't have to join the fight for anything good but the inalienable right to keep their gun. Pro-gunners became free advertisers for gun manufacturers and guess what, profits shot up. And this is ok for what we claim to be a civilized society? 

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

What, no freedom of speech?  Wow, I kinda wish I was in his shoes.  Perfect example of when emotions trump rational thought. 

NewView
NewView

One take--  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qTleuQa8v8

It's crazy to say stronger background checks is "taking my liberty."

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MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

In the words of Marcus Bachmann, "barbarians need to be disciplined!"

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Damian, I am not a Liberal but a Libertarian, and what does Liberal remarks have to do with whether or not Davis has the courage to actually say what he said on air to the faces of the Sandy Hook victims family members?

skykid
skykid

"did not mean to criticize the families of the victims... I want to offer my most sincere and total apology to all the families for any further pain those words may have caused."

Translation: Sponsors please don't leave me.

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

awww an american getting bullied for his words... :( meanwhile some muslim stands on our flag while praising allah is seen as freedom of speech...... YUP SEEMS LEGIT

Tim Carnahan
Tim Carnahan

he's probably more immediately concerned about the potential loss of his job, and bully pulpit.

Dave Brazelton
Dave Brazelton

Isn't the offer to fly Davis out there just to give the opposition a chance to "chew out" Davis? Would you take anyone up on an offer like that? True, Davis used poor judgement in his use of words. But he WAS speaking truth. Obama was deliberately using victums to promote his agenda to ban assault weapons and promote yet more useless firearm legislation.The victums' parents were willing accomplaces and treated as royalty in the WH in this whole scheme on our tax dollars. For what? To produce another piece of worthless legislation that mass murderers will most likely ignore and circumvent.

Danette Allrich
Danette Allrich

Thank you Rachel! This is perfect. I will chip in for the cost of his drink.

Rachel Levitt
Rachel Levitt

Read the transcript: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2013/04/bob_davis_on_davis_emmer_show_says_newtown_shooting_victims_can_go_to_hell_audio.php Doesn't really make anything better. "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 really not sure how making sure that taking a few minutes to make sure mentally ill people can't get assault rifles (which, I recognize, Davis and Emmer are NOT mentally ill, so they don't have anything to worry about) is the same thing as putting a "king" in charge of their lives. This attraction to hyperbole is what makes people stop listening to either side of the argument. I am positive that there are some very good points out there to not restrict gun freedoms. But when the people who have the microphones say things like this, it's easy for me and people like me to write you all off as horrible, callous people. As for Davis, he said he'd stand in front of them and say what he said on the radio, and now someone is asking him to do that very thing. Calling someone out on their bulls*** is American as apple pie for both sides of politics, and I commend someone for doing it. Davis' airport Sbarro meal is on me.

scott.luse
scott.luse

I really wonder what business would support this show with advertising. He is the lowest of the low and not a surprise at all that he would not respond to the invite. He will be dropped from his stupid little show and will probably end up living in his mothers basement.

Kevin Slator
Kevin Slator

Or we can read the transcript before condemning an insulting an offensive remark. Works for me.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

Maybe people should actually listen to the audio instead of taking it out of context before getting up on your box and spouting your liberal judgements.

Nicholas Rupar
Nicholas Rupar

Man, I'd love to see this coward actually do this.

Michael J. Fischer
Michael J. Fischer

An idiot. Should be off the air. Anyone listening to this moron is bereft of brains.

Kevin Slator
Kevin Slator

Bob, Elvis Costello called. He said to tell you that you look ridiculous wearing his glasses.

Keith Jacobson
Keith Jacobson

I hate that photo of him. I never really knew who she was before this but I can't stand him now... with those douchebag glasses and idiot grin....

JCoffee
JCoffee

@TheConservativeJerk Freedom of speech means that the government can't touch you for whatever you're saying out loud. Doesn't mean that your fellow human beings can't touch you. You can get sued for libel, defamation etc.

 - James

green23
green23

@TheConservativeJerk  Once again, Kirk: freedom of speech does not mean that others have to agree with you. 

They are free to stand behind their words, or to apologise. Advertisers are free to associate with them, or to leave. Remember, these guys are *paid* for their "speech". I guess you think the radio station should be required to pay these two to say things that loses the station money.

It's been <i>years</i>, and you still can't seem to grasp this simple concept: free speech does not mean speech without consequences. 

The First Amendment only constrains *the Government* from restricting "free speech", and their are clear limits to those restrictions.

Onan
Onan

@Angel L Bernard Cater Troll much?

Fogmaster
Fogmaster

@Dave Brazelton Let's get rid of all laws because criminals ignore them! Let's get rid of prisons because inmates escape them. Let's get rid of the army because our enemies circumvent them! All legislation is worthless because people can ignore and circumvent it. Let's not use words because people ignore and ugh ugh ook ook  . . . .

JCoffee
JCoffee

@Dave Brazelton Yeah. What's the point of making any laws at all since criminals are not going to abide by them?! Why do you need traffic lights because reckless drivers will just not obey them?!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Dave Brazelton Victum? Use a dictionary much?  If you want to stay in America, learn English! (As you Repubs like to say.)

cognitive
cognitive

I'm really confused as to what context his words could have possibly made them make a valid point. His apology is worthless, and he should have used his own money to go to these parents and say the words that fell from his ridiculous flappy lips. Instead, called out on his statements, a person said "hey, I'll pay for you do so" and he couldn't / wouldn't stand by his statement. Instead, offered no response... Then apologized. Ramifications of free speech. Cause and effect. The man should be fired from the microphone as clearly, he spouts offensive statements with little critical thinking which he does not stand behind.

BobB
BobB

@Damian Amberg The dude was saying better background checks would restrict his liberty which would be a "greater tragedy than your loss."     Oh, and that thing about wanting to tell the parents to "Go to Hell!"

All this is clear.   And, the original full broadcast is available on the stations website (blogs).        Implying this is a misunderstanding is just partisan spin.

Onan
Onan

@Keith Jacobson He's trying to look like classic Jerry Lewis. Maybe he's really funny in France because he's not very funny in the US...

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