Sports Reporter Goes On Incredible Rant About Florida School Shooting
There has been no shortage of commentary following the devastating Florida school shooting that claimed 17 innocent lives.
Politicians, celebrities and regular folk have all given their two cents on what should be done in regards to gun laws in America - but, for people who have followed mass shootings in the land of the free, they'll know that it's highly unlikely that things will change.
That's the view of TV sports reporter Dale Hansen, whose rant on air has gone viral:
Instead of talking about any one of the many sports that captivates America's attention, Dale wanted to use his segment to express his exasperation over his country's failure to protect people.
Hansen, who's also an army veteran, said to the camera: "If it was a Muslim or a Mexican doing the shootings how much money would we spend then to stop the madness?
"But since it's almost always a white kid there's just nothing we can do. America has 5 percent of the world's population and yet 31 percent of the world's mass shootings. We're worried about people coming to this country, they should be worried about us coming to theirs."
Hansen hasn't shied away from political issues in the past and previous criticised President Donald Trump for his views on the NFL national anthem protests.
But in his speech about gun reform, he finished with this chilling and sadness message.
"Last time I said we need to find a way to stop a nut with a gun that's all I said. I got an email saying, 'I'm saving my last bullet to put it right between your eyes.'
"Just another responsible gun owner in America. And I'm taking all bets he's a white guy. So there's just nothing we can do."
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People who saw the video commented on Twitter and YouTube, saying Dale said what many Americans are thinking.
SHOUT OUT TO DALE HANSEN FOR THE FUCKING FACTS @dalehansen https://t.co/U95wuGXg19
- Turquoise Jeep Fan Acct :flag_et: (@TheImperialEm_) February 15, 2018
I don't know why, but of all the footage I've seen today, @dalehansen's speech here made me cry the hardest. #VoteTheNRASupportedFuckersOUT https://t.co/yHsl1Ms5Uj
- Justine Bateman (@JustineBateman) February 16, 2018
Always. On. Point.
- HNB'L Garza - (@itsAndoh) February 16, 2018
I commend Dale for his honesty and truly American, My salute to him!
- Azam Raina (@Azamtweet) February 16, 2018
It's worth pointing out one aspect of Dale's speech that is contentious.
He mentioned that if the teenager accused of committing the Florida school shooting, Nikolas Cruz, was Muslim or Mexican, there would be laws introduced immediately.
But if you look at the tragic mass shootings that struck San Bernadino and the Orlando nightclub, you can see that race didn't result in any new legislation.
But that wasn't for a lack of trying.
Then President Barack Obama wanted to introduce a law that prevented people on the anti-terrorism No Fly List to be able to access weapons following the 2015 San Bernadino shooing.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a Republican, opposed the legislation because that would violate a person's second amendment rights.
Imagine that: people worked against efforts to prevent people who aren't allowed on plane from accessing weapons.
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