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"Shame On You": Newt Gingrich Called Out On French TV For Paris Tweet

"So he's using this atrocity to make his point that people should be able to carry guns, basically."

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was called out on French television for a tweet he sent about the deadly terrorist attack in Paris on Friday. The former speaker and presidential candidate had speculated in a tweet that citizens with concealed carry permits for guns would have stopped the deadly shooting at a Paris concert hall.

Imagine a theater with 10 or 15 citizens with concealed carry permits. We live in an age when evil men have to be killed by good people

Gingrich's tweet prompted France 24's Mark Owen to say he found capitalizing on crises to advance a political agenda to be shameful. "Newt Gingrich, shame on you," Owen said.

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"So he's using this atrocity to make his point that people should be able to carry guns basically," Owen said. "It's funny how people will very distastefully use this kind of situation to express their own particular political [inaudible]. Newt Gingrich, shame on you."

Owen declared another tweet from former New York Times reporter Judith Miller to be a "weird point."

"I don't understand what she's getting at," Owen said of a tweet from Miller. "It seems to be a strange time to make that kind of weird point."

"Now maybe the whining adolescents at our universities can concentrate on something other than their need for 'safe' spaces," Miller had tweeted.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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