Dickey: France is ‘Not Alabama,’ Terrorist Can’t Get Guns ‘In Any Old Store’

Appearing on MSNBC in the 11 a.m. ET hour on Friday, Daily Beast editor and NBC News contributor Christopher Dickey was confounded by the idea that the terrorist who launched Thursday’s attack on France was heavily armed: “...where the hell did he get those arms? I mean, this is not Alabama or South Carolina or Texas. You just can't go buy automatic pistols in any old store in town by showing your driver's license.”

He unwittingly stumbled upon the most obvious flaw in gun control: “You have to get them on the black market, and if you're going to work in the black market, you're going to be connected, especially in this town, with all kinds of shady people. Whether terrorists, mafiosos, whatever.”

Dickey has routinely spewed left-wing talking points in the wake of numerous terrorist attacks throughout Europe. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January of 2015, Dickey warned that the “extreme right” in Europe exacerbated conflict with Muslims. Following the Paris attacks in November of that year, he fretted that the right in Europe “will continue to be on the rise.” After the attacks on the Brussels airport in Belgium in March of this year, Dickey decried Europe’s “rampant Islamophobia” and “xenophobic politics.”

Here is a transcript of Dickey’s July 15 commentary:

11:20 AM ET

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CHRISTOPHER DICKEY: Was this guy acting alone? Had he had any kind of training? Is this something he had planned for months or years, or is this something he planned almost on the spur of the moment, a day or two before he rented the truck? Probably not. Because the big question that they're looking at right now, is where the hell did he get those arms? I mean, this is not Alabama or South Carolina or Texas. You just can't go buy automatic pistols in any old store in town by showing your driver's license. You have to get them on the black market, and if you're going to work in the black market, you're going to be connected, especially in this town, with all kinds of shady people. Whether terrorists, mafiosos, whatever.

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