Elon Musk Breaks Silence: ‘The Right to Bear Arms Is an Important Safeguard against Potential Tyranny of Government’

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk broke his silence on the tragedy in Texas by saying the media should stop giving these shooters what they want; attention.

Musk called for “tight” background checks and special permits for people who want assault rifles but reiterated that the right to bear arms is a safeguard against potential tyranny.

In an email to CNBC, Musk slammed the media for giving these murderers exactly what they crave, the fleeting attention of the masses.

“Regarding recent events, the shooters are obviously doing this to generate the most amount of attention possible,” Musk wrote to CNBC.

“Why is the media doing exactly what the mass murderers want?

“I strongly believe that the right to bear arms is an important safeguard against potential tyranny of government.

“Historically, maintaining their power over the people is why those in power did not allow public ownership of guns,” he wrote.

Twitter shares were up early today after Musk upped the portion of his bid for the social media platform.

From CNBC:

A new filing reveals that Elon Musk plans to front $33.5 billion in his bid to take over Twitter.

Musk is in talks with Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey and others to help finance, or roll their shares over, to complete the deal.

In a letter to investors backing the holding company that Musk is forming to take Twitter private, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO expressed his commitment to completing the deal.

Shares of Twitter rose more than 5% after hours on the news, while Tesla shares dipped about 1%.

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As CNBC’s David Faber previously reported, Elon Musk is expected to serve as a temporary CEO of Twitter for a few months after he completes the $44 billion acquisition.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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