Twin Cities radio host insults Sandy Hook families

  • Article by: BRAD GREENE
  • Updated: April 22, 2013 - 10:27 AM
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Signs welcoming students from Sandy Hook Elementary School near the Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, Conn., Jan. 3, 2012. Twenty first graders and six faculty members were shot dead in December.

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I am a resident of Sandy Hook, Conn., so I am not a regular listener of “Davis & Emmer” on Twin Cities radio. However, I recently heard the following quote from Bob Davis, one of the show’s hosts:

“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 … terrified of these victims. I would stand in front of them and tell them, ‘Go to hell.’ ”

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.

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Brad Greene lives in Sandy Hook, Conn.

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