Tue January 15, 2013
WHAS's Mandy Connell Apologizes for ‘Yellow Star’ Remark
WHAS radio host Mandy Connell has apologized for controversial remarks that compared gun registration to the tagging of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Last week, Connell had a debate with Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth over firearm regulations in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre.
Second Amendment advocates have voice concern over new stricter laws, and Connell said legislation to register legal gun owners could be the first step to total citizen disarmament and was similar Jews being tagged with yellow stars during the Holocaust.
Speaking on her Tuesday morning broadcast, Connell said the comparison was inappropriate.
"It seemed to some that I was making light of the persecution of the Jews in Germany. That is not at all my intention—ever," she says. "I’m well aware of the horrors perpetuated on the Jewish people. And if my comments caused pain or unhappiness or discomfort to those in the Jewish community, I am truly, truly sorry."
A media watchdog group picked up story last week, and a spokeswoman from the Anti-Defamation League said Monday that the remarks were inappropriate. WHAS management promised that the talk radio host would address the controversy this week.
Connell says discussing the country’s gun rights is important and she will continue to do so on her program, but she reiterated her comparison was wrongheaded.
"I will most assuredly not use that particularly analogy in the future even as we continue our conversations about the importance Second Amendment, especially in light of government tyranny and what it is capable of," she said.