Pulse survivor Brandon Wolf
says he's "appalled" at the conduct of Fox News' Tucker Carlson and his guest after the latter criticized a vigil held at the Stonewall Inn in New York City for victims of the Orlando massacre.
A day after the one-year mark of the tragedy, Carlson was talking with gay journalist Chadwick Moore on his June 13 show
. Moore, a writer formerly with OUT
magazine, came out as a conservative
earlier this year in response to backlash of his controversial profile on Milo Yiannopoulos.
On the segment, Moore says the vigil at Stonewall, a historic site of protest which he called the "equivalent of Mecca for Muslims," became an "anti-gun rally" when the New York-based activist group Gays Against Guns held a public event memorializing the victims and demanding revisions to gun laws.
"People who were coming to mourn, who were coming to be together to reflect, who wanted to give politics a break instead were being subjected to this sort of anti-gun propaganda, all of these signs, all of this anti-Trumpism," Moore told Carlson.
Carlson then asked, "So is that really the message of Omar Mateen's ISIS-inspired murder spree, that guns are bad?"
"There was no reference to Islam that I heard whatsoever," Moore responds. "The take-home was this was about guns and only guns … They subjected everyone who showed up to their radical ideology, and you know what, most gay people aren't political. Most gay people, you know, they care about pop music and going to the beach. They probably don't know what the Second Amendment is. And so they show up to be together, to celebrate the community, to mourn together and instead they are fed this anti-gun nonsense."
Wolf, who survived the massacre last year and lost two friends in the mass shooting, is on the board of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, a political action committee raising money for pro-LGBTQ candidates who support gun reforms.
"I grew up with guns in the home, and I am fully confident in my knowledge of the Second Amendment," Wolf says in a statement through the Pride Fund. "I know that weapons of war have no place on America’s streets. Rather than hiding behind a teleprompter educating us all on how naïve we are to recognize the threats against us, whether those threats fit their narrative or not, why don't the two of them try saying that to the victims’ faces."
Wolf says Carlson and Moore fail to understand that the LGBTQ community wants to stop attacks like Pulse from happening again.
"America can and must do better to enact commonsense gun safety laws that keep weapons with the sole purpose of killing human beings out of the hands of dangerous criminals," Wolf says. "We can make communities safer by passing legislation like universal background checks, and limiting access to military-style assault weapons like the one the Pulse shooter used to take the lives of 49 innocent souls and wound 53 others."
After the segment, Moore told Mediaite
that the backlash to his comment's was the left's tactic to "mobilize and destroy voices they don’t like."
"They especially hate me because I used to be one of them," Moore tells Mediaite. "They don’t like it when we step off the plantation."
Wolf says the two men have not felt what it's like for Pulse survivors to lose friends and family as they fight to recover from June 12, 2016.
"To Tucker Carlson and Chadwick Moore, I say this: Don’t you dare demean us and don’t you dare pretend to educate us on the threats we face," Wolf says. "We face them every day, not just for three-minute segments."