Manhunt: Tweet Apology From Ark. Lawmaker After Criticism

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Manhunt tweet apology: Republican Rep. Nate Bell of Arkansas tweet apologized for a comment he made during the Boston manhunt that “liberals” in the city wished they had an assault weapon to protect themselves.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—An Arkansas lawmaker apologized Friday for the timing — but not the content — of his tweet that questioned whether “Boston liberals” wished they had an assault weapon to protect themselves while police searched for a Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

On Friday morning, Republican Rep. Nate Bell posted on Twitter: “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?”

Bell’s comments rapidly spread online, as police hunted for a suspect in Monday’s bombing that killed three. He was quickly criticized by top Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature.

“I don’t regret the content as much as I regret the timing,” Bell, R-Mena, told The Associated Press. “I really didn’t think about it going to Boston and was generally expressing my personal view of how I would have felt in that situation myself.”

In the interview and in a prepared statement he sent out, Bell said that he was expressing his views on gun rights and regretted sending it while the manhunt was still unfolding.

“I was basically just expressing my frustration, I guess, if I had been a person who was living there last night and my elected officials had prevented me from being able to defend myself and my family,” Bell told the AP. “I would have felt pretty powerless and wanted to express that.”

House Speaker Davy Carter apologized to Boston on Friday for Bell’s remark, which he called “inappropriate and insensitive.”

“I can assure the people of Boston and the people of Massachusetts that Arkansans have them in their thoughts and prayers during this tragic time,” Carter, R-Cabot, said in a statement released by his office.

The top Democrat in the House called Bell’s comments “tasteless.”

“The people of Boston are not cowards. They are patriots,” House Minority Leader Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, said in a statement issued by state Democratic Party. “No one, including Rep. Bell, should ever infer that the American people are anything other than courageous, and the only words we should be offering to the people of Boston are those of support and of prayer.”

House GOP leaders also distanced themselves from Bell’s remark.

“Rep. Bell’s remarks do not reflect our caucus’ position,” House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, said in a statement released by the caucus. “Politics shouldn’t be the focus of the terror attack inBoston, and all Members, political parties, and pundits should remember that. “

The tweet was not the first time Bell’s online musings have attracted criticism. In 2011, state Democrats called on Bell to apologize for writing on Facebook that “comparing Dems to Nazis is wayyyy to easy” and cited Democratic-backed legislation. Bell later said he wasn’t calling Democrats Nazis.


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  • Sick of Violence and Ignorance

    I’m a liberal but apparently have more control than Rep Bell…….I definitely know when to stop stuffing my mouth…..Weight Watchers is just a tweet away!!

    • Matt Furegmeier

      Really? You can’t attack him ideologically so you attack him personally? Shame on you.

      • loser rightwinger

        I am Liberal and I’ll attack his ideology it is short sighted outdated selfish and wrong. But I understand how all scared weak conservatives need an AR to compensate for…. your ideology is a conflict of interest you guys can’t claim pro life and fight for guns. FYI anyone with a brain would know a gun can’t save you from a bomb. The conservative the rust destroying America.

  • Catherine

    They all still can have guns and no background checks thanks to you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Pascua/100001311758895 Rick Pascua

    You think you’re gonna survive a grenade with an assault rifle? let’s ask al-qaeda how that’s working out with drone strikes.

  • http://twitter.com/KalaJustine1990 Kala Justine Mahon

    What a prick, instead of being grateful and thankful that the suspect was caught let’s run our mouths instead and say insensitive bullsh*t about the citizens. Bet he would have “cowered” had he been in their position.

    • smiley

      What did he say that was insensitive? I didn’t read anything that was insensitive. He just gave his opinion which he has a right to give, that is a right the is given to all, not just liberals.

      • loser rightwinger

        You cons act your ways are the only ways and you think you have the right force you opinions and way on everyone from religion, marriage guns, energy,. Conservatives are the reason this country and planet will wither away into waste

        • DeannaRae

          Funny, we don’t force you to own weapons, but libs want to force me to give up my weapons…. We don’t force you to believe any religion, but libs want to force my kids to study Islam in school and to say that living a gay lifestyle is morally fine….We don’t force you to drive an SUV, but libs want to force all to drive matchbox cars….We don’t force you to eat meat, but libs want to force us to buy a small sized sodas……We don’t force you to smoke cigarettes, but libs want to force people to stop smoking anywhere and everywhere……The ones forcing their views on others are libs. Having and speaking my views does not constitute forcing them on you. Legislating your views IS forcing them on me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jessetheseal Jesse Morrow

            Funny how everyone of your “arguments” is a lie. Let me guess you actually get mad when people call you a toothless illiterate lying hick, don’t you?

          • DeannaRae

            And the other consistent characteristic of debating with a liberal…. you will be called a name because they have no answer.

          • Casey DeGolyer

            Right on DeannaRae!!! That was very well put!!! The only argument they can offer in which to debate your comment is some cowardly thumbs downs. Give em hell!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000311951461 Taylor LA York

      Well, he wasn’t caught at that time.

      • http://twitter.com/KalaJustine1990 Kala Justine Mahon

        Still though, it was a ridiculously snide thing for him to say, just because he probably has “body guards” with guns to protect him.

    • Robin Johnson

      What a rude comment from a lady…I suppose you removed the doubt.

      • http://twitter.com/KalaJustine1990 Kala Justine Mahon

        Well if it makes me” unladylike” for speaking my mind and adding a few words that aren’t prim and proper, oh well ;)

  • TimPhilly

    I just don’t see comments like this from the dastardly “liberals”. I’ve heard all about how liberals are vile, immature, and mentally ill (“libtard” being a consistent remark), but I don’t see the same nonsense from liberals that I see from conservatives. I support gun rights but the gun control debate really seems to have brought out the worst in conservatives.

    • smiley

      TimPhilly: The reason you haven’t seen or heard comments like this from liberals is because when the liberals hear something they don’t like to hear from other liberals, they block it out and wait a while and put the blame on conservatives.

    • loser rightwinger

      Really making a gun comment isn’t selfish immature. Everything you guys stand for is selfish stupid and hatefilled. Immature and selfish is the conservative creed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tjcolburn91 Thomas J. Colburn

    I agree with him. Too bad in the land of the free you can’t actually have an opinion.

    • Robin Johnson

      Land of the free is an absolute farce! Proof of which is the fact that you are not allowed to speak your mind or the thought police (liberals) will kill you in the media.

      Outlaw guns and only the criminals and the BIGGER criminals…the Government will have them. I suppose if we just sit down and wave a white flag aggression will cease to exist? Fantasy! Government is still the greatest killers of mankind. They have also robbed our freedom and the real evidence will appear as they disarm us. History has taught the masses NOTHING!

      • loser rightwinger

        Including the criminals who can buy guns from gun shows and over the internet thanks to people like you who think a background check is wrong. The recent mass shooting happened with legally purchased guns. My mother law was a gun nut who happen to buy guns legally nd illegally so I am guessing most supposed law a bidding gun owners due so as well. Just as people buy legal and illegal fireworks. Your paranoid conspiracies are embarrassing. I don’t fear the government I fear the capitalist dictators like the kochraoch brothers and who ever is controlling the NRA cause judging from recent events the government you fear seems to give your side its way like a spoiled child crying in a store for a toy. Reality something you cons have no grasp of

        • Viper1979

          It just amazes me the ignorance of your comments we have a constitution in the country for a reason that is the governing rule of our land and if our government would do their job and uphold the constitution like they are sworn to do this country would be much better off but instead the liberals bow down to people like you who cry for free handouts and want everything to be equal and live in some fantasy world that we can just make some magical law that will make us all safe and the people who work hard for their money should give it too people who don’t so we all can be equal. It is mindsets of people like you that is destroying this once great nation.

        • Casey DeGolyer

          Your comment proves that the Rep. from Arkansas was johnny-on-the-spot when he tweeted about liberals being cowardly. Criminals cannot buy guns from gun shows or over the internet. Instead of blindly following the herd and believing everything the liberal talking heads, celebrities, and propagandists tell you, try researching the facts. This way you can stop making a fool of yourself. You sound like a mindless and highly automatic robot. You perform your functions well, just as your DNC overlords programmed you too. Kudos, or in robot speak, biddy biddy beep.

      • Casey DeGolyer

        I can’t understand why the feds are not demanding that we purchase permits, background checks, and extra taxes to practice our Constitutional right to free speech, freedom of religion, and all other rights. Why are they only requiring it of the 2nd Amendment? If they put these restrictions on this amendment, then they should do it to all of the others. I say rise up and march on DC!! Round up those treasonous parasites who have hijacked our Freedom and Liberty and try them for sedition! If they ever mess with the 2nd, then we should demand that journalists and everyone else be required to apply for a permit, pay extra taxes, and get checked up on in order to practice the 1st.

  • Matt Furegmeier

    Why did he apologize, because liberals are offended by the truth?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

      right, because this is the first crime ever to hit Boston, so now all of a sudden they wish they had assault rifles?? SMH.

    • loser rightwinger

      Assault Rifles can stop a bomb from going off wow good observation

  • Debbie

    As if the city of Boston hasn’t gone through enough vile blood shed this week, that’s all you need is the general public, who have no idea what they’re doing trying to “help” the police, state police, FBI etc, as if these agencies don’t know what they’re doing! One more thing – how would a gun have helped with a bomb attack – doesn’t seem to make sense – Arkansas’s the best place for this state representative!!!

  • Robin Johnson

    Three oxy-morons for the 21st Century. Common sense, common courtesy and public servant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tye.tru Tye Tru

    Another Dumb republican making another dumb statement… Nothing to see here folks.. move along.

  • Edward Slue

    He does have a point, kind of, but I do agree with timing on that though I think they would bitch whenever he would’ve said it. Also not sure what killing the guy would’ve done you wouldnt know if he had a dead man switch. Anyways glad they got the idiot lets hope they screen people and do better background checks from now on but I wont hold my breath.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

      our so called leadership is getting more and more immature everyday. there isn’t ever an appropriate time for someone who is supposed to be a professional, to make such a statement. it’s childish and condescending, and shows a serious lack of professionalism.

    • loser rightwinger

      “They would [...] whatever he said” nah that’s conservatives on Obama . The conservative crybaby crowd self centered right tea bagger scared little I need my guns blah blah blah. People were killed quit thinking about your damn selves for one second and think of the victims but you sociopath cons can’t take your eye off your political agenda. Good job conservative puppets

      • Edward Slue

        I wonder do you do anything but sit around and let hate fester and just sift through all these posts and give your two cents? Sure there should be restrictions on guns but in this situation Im not sure a gun would’ve helped after all it was gun vs. explosives. I will let you go on thinking that what you say actually matters and that you can actually influence the outcome of the way the government is run. Go back to Limbaugh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

    That’s right…just keep up with the dumb comments. Don’t bother to “apolo-lie” we know you are not sorry. Not everyone wants or needs guns in their home.

  • loser rightwinger

    What moron if someone has a bomb and you have a gun you lose an are won’t do you any good if your in the blast radius

    • Casey DeGolyer

      We use rifles in the service and take out bombers all the time. Your comment makes no sense.

  • loser rightwinger

    Really let’s read the news more before you make your douchebag comments. Espcially since you morons blast Obama for everything including breathing

  • Luis Taboada

    Drop the politics and be an “American” that’s what our country needs now “UNITED” “ESTATES” of ‘AMERICA’

  • Casey DeGolyer

    Most American are cowards these days. Too afraid to stand up against the feds, snitching each other out daily, and allowing the government to institute radical maoist/marxists policies. There hasn’t been a collective set of balls since the early 1960′s. I blame the hippies and their parents.

  • DeannaRae

    I wasn’t addressing republicans versus democrats, I was specifically addressing liberals versus conservatives. The two sides of that coin is very clear.


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