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Twin Cities radio host takes fire over 'go to hell' comments aimed at Sandy Hook parents

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Brad Greene, of Newtown, Conn., has offered to pay travel expenses for Twin Cities talk show host Bob Davis to come to Connecticut to face residents there after Davis made "insensitive remarks" related to the Sandy Hook school shooting.

In a commentary in the Star Tribune, Greene says AM 1130 conservative talk show host Bob Davis was in "extremely poor taste" when he made these comments:

“I have something I want to say to the victims of Newtown or any other shooting, I don’t care if it’s here in Minneapolis or anyplace else. Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn’t mean that you get to put a king in charge of my life. I’m sorry that you suffered a tragedy, but you know what? Deal with it, and don’t force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss. I’m sick and tired of seeing these victims trotted out, given rides on Air Force One, hauled into the Senate well, and everyone is … terrified of these victims. I would stand in front of them and tell them, ‘Go to hell.’ ”

HuffingtonPost has audio of Davis' April 12 comments.

The Star Tribune reports that the "Davis and Emmer in the morning" show has lost advertising over the comments.

CityPages notes that Davis on April 15 made a kind of apology:

"Victims should not be exploited. It does not help them grieve, it does not help us grieve and it does not advance the cause of liberty," Davis said. "But they are, and so they become public personalities and part of the political arena. And so be it, and we'll leave it at that."

On Friday April 19, he made another on-air apology, the station says: "Last Friday, I made comments suggesting that the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings were being used as political symbols by those seeking more restrictive gun control. At the time I let my emotions get the best of me and made an inappropriate comment. This comment was in no way directed at the victims of such a tragic event, it was in reference to those who exploit others in moments of tragedy. After listening back, I see where it might not have been clear, and I want there to be no mistake. So everyone understands, I absolutely did not mean to criticize the families of the victims – they have suffered more than any of us can understand and I did not intend to equate the loss of a child with legislation I may be opposed to. I want to offer my most sincere and total apology to all the families for any further pain those words may have caused."

More than 60 people have left comments on the show's podcast page, most of them critical of Davis.

Mediate notes that Davis is not the only pro-gun conservative who has been irked that parents of the children killed in the elementary school shooting in Newtown have been vocal in the push for more gun control. (Davis' show partner Tom Emmer called the parents "pawns of these political charades." )

As part of their lobbying effort, some of the parents, who sat for an emotional interview with "60 Minutes," and rode on Air Force One, stood with President Barack Obama after the Senate voted down a measure aimed at expanding gun-buying background checks.

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