Bob Schieffer: If Newtown Shooter Had Arab Name, “People Would Be Going Nuts”
Imagine if the shooter in Connecticut had been a Muslim.
Schieffer’s comment came in response to panel guest James Peterson suggesting that addressing the “proliferation of guns” in America “should be a new front in the ‘War on Terror.’”
“That’s the part I find kind of interesting about this,” Schieffer added. “After 9/11, we turned this culture upside down. We doubled our defense budget.”
But unlike that response to tragedy, Schieffer believes the difference here is the race of the killer: “If this person had — I’m sorry to say this — but if he had had an Arab name, people would be going nuts.”
He concluded: “And yet, we can’t seem to even decide if this a problem we can solve.”