Cam Edwards

Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

Cam Edwards - NRA News Radio Host
Radio Host at NRA News

Cam Edwards is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is the host of the “Cam & Company” radio show at NRA News.

Controversial Actions and Statements

Controversial Actions and Statements:

Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the January 17, 2014 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards praised 37 year-old Marlo Ellis for acting in “defense of others” during an incident in Orville, Alabama, and asked mockingly, “I wonder how many other media outlets will be reporting on this story?” The incident occurred at 12:45 p.m. on January 16, 2014 when 37 year-old Kevin McLaughlin walked into a dollar store and had words with those inside the store, including Ellis. McLaughlin then began waving a gun in the air and forced a cashier and Ellis, at gunpoint, towards a break room. As they reached the door of the room, Ellis, a concealed handgun permit holder, pulled out a pistol and shot McLaughlin once in the chest, killing him. According to the testimony of other customers and delivery men in the store at the time of the incident, “there was never any mention of a robbery or hold-up or a demand for money.” On his broadcast, Edwards failed to mention that Ellis was arrested in 2013 for allegedly raping a victim "between the age of 12 and 16" and charged with second-degree rape and enticement of a child, both felonies. Ellis also had a previous conviction for a misdemeanor offense. There is no evidence that Kevin McLaughlin had any criminal record.

Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the November 14, 2013 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards claimed that Glamour magazine's 2013 Women of the Year Awards had an " anti-gun agenda" because the event honored victims of gun violence, including Pakistani education reformer Malala Yousafzai, who at age 15 was targeted for assassination by the Taliban for protesting a ban on female education. The event also honored former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)—who was wounded during a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona—and Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Kaitlin Roig-Debellis, who saved the lives of 15 first-graders during the December 2012 mass shooting at her school in Newtown, Connecticut. Edwards stated that while Glamour "may have the very best of intentions in pushing an anti-gun agenda," the magazine's misguided views mean that "ultimately…the ideas that they're pushing prohibit people from protecting themselves, they prohibit people from exercising self-defense, they make the world a more dangerous place for women across this country."

Women’s Rights

Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the June 20, 2013 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards hosted blogger Frank Borelli. Borelli likened police officers enforcing Maryland’s gun laws to German soldiers during the Nazi regime. Responding to a question by Edwards about an editorial criticizing sheriffs who refuse to enforce newly passed gun laws, Borelli said, “I'd like to ask Mr. [Maryland State Delegate Jon] Cardin one question: Does he feel that when Nazis working the death camps used the excuse of, ‘I was just following orders.’ Was that an acceptable excuse and did it exempt them for moral turpitude for their actions? And I'd like to hear him justify that.

Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the June 20, 2013 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards commented on a California law enforcement program that utilizes the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), a database of individuals who are no longer legally allowed to possess guns. Edwards’ co-host Ginny Simone identified a case in which the system had “wrongly targeted” a California resident and Edwards added, “There are so many issues right now for the law-abiding in California because you got lawmakers going after their rights, meanwhile the criminals are getting put back out onto the streets, and it sounds like you've got a government that is in many ways just out of control.” In fact, the person in question was barred from owning a firearm under federal law because she had been subject to an involuntary commitment at a mental health facility.

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Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the March 15, 2013 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards spoke about the arrest of New York linen mogul George Bardwil on illegal gun possession charges after Bardwil brandished a firearm not registered in his name in his home during an attempted robbery. “You are still looking at three years in prison for acting in self-defense in your own home,” Edwards stated, adding that the situation was "pretty awful.” “I thought we lived in the United States of America,” said Edwards. “[New York City] Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg still has the, well I'll use the word tenacity, this is a family friendly show, still has the tenacity and the gall to say he is not anti-gun. If that is the case, why don't you call up your buddy the DA, chew him out, and get those charges dropped against George Bardwil?” In 2008, Bardwil pled guilty to assaulting a housemaid. In May 2012, Bardwil was arrested and subsequently charged with second degree assault, a class D felony in New York, after his ex-wife accused him of repeatedly slamming her head into the ground causing her to be hospitalized.

Criminal Activity | Women’s Rights

Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the October 18, 2012 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards spoke to George Kollitides, CEO of Remington Arms. Discussing the 2012 presidential election, Kollitides stated, “I think this will be the most important election of our lifetime. The next president is going to be in an incredibly powerful position to appoint [U.S.] Supreme Court justices. It’s one thing to legislate a gun ban. That can always be overturned by a future president, a future Congress, and Congress can fight it, of course, and hope they don’t get vetoed and overruled. We’ve had the benefit of a strict interpretist Supreme Court which has been conservative and really held up the core traditional values of our country. So, I don’t necessarily just worry about the next four years of an [Barack] Obama presidency, I worry about my kids and my grandkids futures, because if we change face of the Supreme Court, we’re looking at a thirty-plus-year uphill battle.” Edwards replied, “Absolutely right … We are likely to see, over the next four years, whoever is president have the opportunity to put one perhaps as many as three or four justices on the Supreme Court and that will impact our lives for decades to come … We really can’t afford a court that is going to be hostile to gun owners.” Kollitides continued, stating, “Not only will the Second Amendment be under attack if we go to a liberal non-strict-interpretative court, but it’ll be the entire American way of life. When we appoint liberal judges, they take it upon themselves not to interpret the laws but to legislate the laws and there’s a lot of liberal courts doing that. So, the appeal needs to be not just to gun owners, although that’s obviously critically important…but I think many of the things we think about, all of our freedoms will be at risk. You know the liberal courts and the liberal politicians believe they know what’s best for Americans. They’re gonna tell us when we have to get health care. They’re gonna tell us what time we have to get out of bed every day. They’re gonna tell us where we have to go to work. They’re gonna take our money and redistribute it. This is an issue that every American needs to be worried about.” After Kollitides finished speaking, Edwards replied, “Absolutely.”

Conspiracy Theory | Gun Industry | Republican Party (GOP) |

Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the October 2, 2012 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards spoke about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney signing an Assault Weapons Ban into law in 2004, when he was governor of Massachusetts. Edwards stated, “This was actually a bill that the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) in Massachusetts supported. The quote unquote ‘assault weapons bill,’ or excuse me, the quote unquote ‘assault weapons ban,’ was already law in Massachusetts. It was already permanent in Massachusetts. This bill actually provided some relief to gun owners in the state of Massachusetts. It was portrayed and it has been portrayed in the media as Governor Romney signed a bill to ban quote unquote assault weapons in the state of Massachusetts. But that's not the case. This was a bill, as I said, that was supported by the state gun owners' organization in Massachusetts because it actually undid some of the damage of that original legislation.” In fact, as Governor Romney’s press release announcing the signing of "An Act Furthering Regulating Certain Weapons" stated, “Like the federal assault weapons ban, the state ban, put in place in 1998, was scheduled to expire in September [2004]. The new law ensures these deadly weapons, including AK-47s, UZIs and Mac-10 rifles, are permanently prohibited in Massachusetts no matter what happens on the federal level.” While GOAL supported reforms to Massachusett’s gun licensing scheme contained in the legislation, the group stated in a July 2, 2004 press release, “Although the Governor did make mention of being a ‘sportsman’ and the reforms in the bill that would help other sportsmen, he spun the bill as a ban. ‘Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts,’ Romney said. ‘These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.’ When asked by a reporter if he supported the renewal of the federal ‘assault weapons’ ban and if he had spoken to the senators about it, Governor Romney replied that it was not really his job to lobby on federal legislation, but that he shared Senator [John] Kerry's and Senator [Ted] Kennedy's position on the issue!” Senator Kerry and Senator Kennedy supported renewing the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in September 2004.

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Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the August 17, 2012 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards spoke with James Manley, an attorney with the Mountain State Legal Foundation who represented a pro-gun group that brought suit against the University of Colorado for their policy prohibiting guns on campus. After the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the university could not prohibit students from carrying guns on campus, the university announced that gun-carrying students who wished to take advantage of on-campus housing would be required to live in a designated dorm. The University of Colorado cited concerns about “potentially dangerous living situation potentially dangerous living situations” as the rationale for its new policy. Edwards commented on the policy by stating, "Segregated dorms. Yes. How progressive. We are back to segregation now."

Education | Race

Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the May 22, 2012 broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards spoke with National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) adjunct fellow Horace Cooper. NCPRR was founded one day after the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) disbanded its Public Safety and Elections Task Force, which was responsible for model voter ID and “Stand Your Ground” legislation. NCPPR promotes the implementation of voter ID laws at the state level in order to “enhance integrity in voting.” On the show, Cooper claimed that voter fraud is “a real problem” and that “felons, illegal immigrants, or just people who are paid to show up...go from one voting site to the next and cast votes in the names of other people.” Edwards agreed with Cooper and displayed a graphic which claimed that newly enacted voter ID legislation in Virginia “will ensure that voters presenting themselves at the polls are who they say they are, and greatly reduce voter fraud.” Cooper expressed NCPPR’s preference for voter ID laws similar to those in Texas and South Carolina, stating that these laws contain “grade A voter ID requirements.” Those laws have been challenged in court by the Department of Justice over allegations that they disenfranchise minorities. Furthermore, research has shown that in-person voter fraud of the kind Cooper warns about is extremely rare in the United States. Finally, in 2010, Cooper, a former Department of Labor official, pled guilty to falsifying a document after he failed to report gifts worth thousands of dollars which he received from convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Conspiracy Theory | Criminal Activity | Lobbying Activity | Political Corruption | Republican Party (GOP) | Voting Rights

Cam Edwards (NRA News Radio Host)

On the May 15, 2012, broadcast of “Cam & Company,” Edwards hosted conservative commentator and Pajamas Media contributor Bill Whittle to discuss “the demasculinization of men, the feminization of men, and the wimpification of men.” When Edwards asked Whittle whether the idea of a “strong man” owning a gun and hunting is obsolete, Whittle replied, “The great feminist line that just encapsulates this radical feminist philosophy in a nutshell is, they used to say, uh, you know, ‘women need men like a fish needs a bicycle.’ And there’s a lot of unhappy fish out there, if you haven’t been paying attention … I think in the case of the real out-there feminists, there’s something that really scares them about male strength.” Later in the broadcast, Edwards said, “One of the gun control groups, I think it’s the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, always says, you know, violence is never the answer. Well, Bill, I think that’s an absurd statement to make.” Whittle replied, laughing, “It is always the answer. This is the difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals think that you can avoid violence, that violence can be bred out of the human animal. It’s not possible. What you can do is, is you can take a society where people are fundamentally good and convince them that defending themselves is somehow wrong and that does not mean that the rest of the world becomes civilized. It means that the savages kill all the good people. And this has happened all throughout history.” Finally, Whittle told Edwards, “One thing I am really genuinely disturbed about, you see this all over the place, are these kind of women butt-kickers in movies. Scarlett Johansson who is, you know, she's probably five foot four and maybe she weighs 110 pounds soaking wet taking down these 250 pound guys with karate chops and stuff … It's like bad things are going to happen if people think this is going to happen in the real world. Because number one, girls are going to get themselves badly hurt, and number two, when guys see movies about young girls, and young women doing all these physical moves in these wild kind of defense things, it takes away that fundamental inhibition that has been drilled into boys my age, and your age too, and that is you never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever hit a girl. Ever ever ever. When young boys go to movies and see girls doing all this butt-kicking and taking down all these guys, number one, girls think they are going to get away with that, there is not going to be an outcome where a 100 pound girl physically punches a 210 pound guy with a happy outcome for the girl. That's why you have guns.” Edwards replied, “Absolutely. Absolutely right.”

Republican Party (GOP) | Race | Vigilantism | Women’s Rights
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