Pat Robertson is known for his off-the-wall comments and his headline-grabbing opinions, and now the televangelist-turned-conservative commentator is weighing in on the “March for Our Lives.”
On Monday, Robertson commended the student organizers behind the March 24 rally, which raised awareness about gun violence and urged legislators to pass sweeping gun control legislation.
“I congratulate these young people on the stand of this nature,” he said. “God bless ’em.”Rhona Wise/Getty Images
In the immediate aftermath of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, Robertson exclaimed there’s no reason for the “general population” to have access to “automatic weapons.”
“I mean, it’s one thing to defend yourself with a pistol or a shotgun to hunt with, but it’s something else to have [assault weapons],” he said in February. “I think we can ban those things without too much trouble. They have what they call bump stocks, which you hit it and it would go automatic, we can stop that.”
It should be noted the controversial “700 Club” host said new gun laws are “not going to stop the violence” and that “restricting gun purchases is not going to do any good.” Instead, Robertson suggested there need to be people “on the other side” who are armed in order to stop “terrorists” like Parkland killer Nikolas Cruz.
Robertson concluded by calling the liberal students’ effort “a good step forward in our democracy.”