Rupert Murdoch On Newtown Shooting: When Will We 'Ban Automatic Weapons'?

Murdoch Issues Plea After Newtown Shooting

Rupert Murdoch demanded tighter gun control in the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Friday, 26 victims — including twenty children ages six and seven — were killed in a tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Prior to traveling to the school, the gunman also shot his mother to death in their home. The tragedy has ignited a national conversation about gun control, as well as mental health care.

Murdoch, who has called for stricter controls on guns before, spoke out on Friday night. "Terrible news today," he tweeted. "When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy." After President Obama's remarks at the vigil in Newtown on Sunday, Murdoch asked again, "Nice words from POTUS on shooting tragedy, but how about some bold leadership action?"

Murdoch's stance puts him at odds with some of the talent at Fox News, including host Mike Huckabee and contributor Ann Coulter.

The News Corp. CEO made similar calls for gun control in the wake of the shooting in Aurora, CO in July. "We have to do something about gun controls," he tweeted at the time. "Police license okay for hunting rifle or pistol for anyone without [criminal] or [psychological] record. No more."

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