With Piers Morgan gone, John Walsh plans to pick up the reins as CNN’s new pro-gun control mouthpiece.
Walsh, the host of “America’s Most Wanted,” will join CNN to host a similar sounding crime show called “The Hunt,” which also seeks to track down fugitives from the law.
On Monday, in a meeting with the press, Walsh talked about what he believes is an even-handed approach on the issue.
“I am the guy that has seen both sides of the issue,” said the 68 year old, according to The Wrap. “I own guns. I’m the father of a murdered child. I’ve done nothing but track violence in America since my son was murdered. We have a serious problem with guns in this country. And we refuse to address it. And the NRA solution to arm every grammar-school 80-year-old teacher with a gun is absolutely ludicrous.”
Walsh, who admitted that he is a big fan of universal background checks, discussed a conversation he had with Vice President Joe Biden, Obama’s former point man for the administration’s gun-control agenda.
“I said to Joe Biden, ’90 percent of Americans are for a responsible background check for a gun, and you know what this Congress has done? Not voted on it, not brought it to the floor, not introduced a bill,’” said Walsh. “I said, ‘They’re all scared shitless of the NRA, aren’t they?’”
Walsh told reporters that Biden replied, “John, every one of them. Because the NRA will run a tea bagger against you. … They’ll put 5 million bucks against you.”
Walsh claims to be an avid hunter and someone who enjoys the outdoors.
“I’m a gun owner, I’ve hunted all my life. I hunt quail on my ranch,” he said. “And I am the biggest advocate for background checks out of any gun owner in America.”
To help crackdown on gun-related crime, Walsh believes that every gun manufacture should put computer chips into firearms so that police could track stolen weapons.
“Every one of us have a GPS chip in our cell phones. It’s not Big Brother,” he said.
While it’s not clear how much time Walsh will be spending on advocating for tougher gun laws during his new primetime show, it is clear that he wants his viewers to embrace gun-control reform.