Millionaire retired journalist Tom Brokaw told the graduating class at the Univesity of Mississippi that exercising their Second Amendment rights leads directly to domestic terrorism. The former NBC news anchor and popularizer of the "Greatest Generation" meme told Ole Miss grads this weekend, “I’m appalled by the determination of organizations and individuals to arm more people without any appreciation of the consequence of ever more lethal weapons in our midst.”
Sporting honorary doctoral robes and a white ball cap emblazoned with the words "Ole Miss," Brokaw added, "More guns and more firearm tolerance will mean more homegrown acts of terror.” Nonetheless, Brokaw identified himself as a practitioner of sport shooting.
Conceding the citizens do have certain rights delineated by the Constitution, the septuagenarian former newsman said, “Yes, we have a constitutional right to own guns … but with that right comes a personal obligation to be on guard against the promiscuous use of guns (and) not to pretend that no limits means no trouble.”
Brokaw has criticized gun rights in the past: he said in 2013 it was “far-reaching” for gun owners to claim firearms are necessary for self-protection against tyrannical government. He joins another prominent American who used the bully pulpit of a commencement speech to advance political goals. At the University of Michigan, tycoon Michael Bloomberg -- a former mayor of New York City -- criticized so-called “safe spaces” demanded by leftists, while President Barack Obama did much the same at Rutgers University, where conservatives have been silenced and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was scared away in 2014.