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Left using Colorado movie massacre for political gain?

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," July 25, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: The left-wing and gun control advocates are wasting no time politicizing the tragic shooting in Colorado. And among those who immediately injected partisanship into this awful event, was the ultimate political opportunist, the man who has no problem changing parties in order to secure his own election, that's New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Now, believe it or not, on Monday, he actually suggested that police go on strike until more gun control laws are in fact passed.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, CNN, JULY 23)

MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, I-N.Y.: I don't understand why the police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say, we are going to go on strike. We are not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what is required to keep us safe. After all, police officers want to go home to their families. And we are doing everything we can to make their job more difficult, but more importantly, more dangerous, by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn't have them.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: Now, Mayor Bloomberg later had to walk back his statement, claiming that he didn't mean that the police should literally go on strike and even pointed out that such a walk out would be illegal in New York City.

Here to analyze those comments and the other ways that the left is attempting to take advantage of a tragedy -- not the first time -- the author of the number one New York Times best seller, "The Culture of Corruption," Michelle Malkin, Fox News contributor Tamara Holder.

Within hours, hours, the Tea Party is blamed. Sean Hannity is mentioned by name, as chronicled by Twitchy, which is Michelle Malkin's web site that chronicle is the insane comments of the left. Within hours, exploitation used for a political purpose. Why this instant knee-jerk reaction by your side, after almost every tragedy, to do this, why?

TAMARA HOLDER, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: You don't think it's a knee- jerk reaction to say that comments are insane, all comments by the liberals are?

HANNITY: Who said that.

HOLDER: Well, Michelle Malkin's new call or new blog says "insane comments by the left." You can't take everything for making it -- what Michael Bloomberg said wasn't necessarily a reality. He didn't want everybody to just leave --

HANNITY: But he said it when he was serious. He obviously didn't know his own law.

HOLDER: No, what --

HANNITY: But you didn't answer my question. Why is it -- if it's Gab Giffords, if it's Tucson, if it's this case? The race to blame the Tea Party is obnoxious. It's unfair.

HOLDER: He did not blame the Tea Party. Where are the blames -- why was that not your intro then? Why was that not your intro that -- you were talk about him and the police department, it's a separate issue from a crazy man.

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: Tamara, he is exploiting it for political expediency to advance a cause. And I will throw that to Michelle.

MICHELLE MALKIN, AUTHOR, "CULTURE OF CORRUPTION": Yes.

HANNITY: This is the point. It happens after every tragedy.

MALKIN: Yes.

HANNITY: I can list a dozen of them now.

MALKIN: Yes. That's right. And I diagnosed it as "Blame Righty Syndrome" a year ago, in the wake of all of the mass murder hysteria after the awful atrocity in Tucson, Arizona. I wish that Tamara would confront reality one of these days. You just played this certifiably insane comment from Michael Bloomberg.

(CROSSTALK)

HOLDER: Confronting reality is not self-diagnosing something.

HANNITY: Hang on. One at a time.

MALKIN: Wait a minute. Let me put the pause button on you and let me put a pause button on this entire madness that we have had after the Aurora atrocity.

Michael Bloomberg, who was an elected government official, essentially endorse anarchy. He called on police officers who are paid and who are employed by the government to protect and to serve, to go on strike. And then afterwards, he had to eat his own words because, of course, his lawyers probably reminded him of something called the Taylor Ordinance, which prohibits government officials from officially endorsing public strikes like this, which endanger the public.

These people are not, not concerned about public welfare, public safety or self-defense and individual empowerment because if they were, they would be groveling on the ground apologizing -- not only -- not only to the law-abiding people -- shush -- not only to the law abiding people of New York City --

HOLDER: Shush?! Really?! Shush! Why do you always talk to me like I'm a little child?

MALKIN: -- because I really don't know who should be more offended.

Because you act like one and think like one, Tamara, and it's time for the left to grow up!

(TALKING OVER EACH OTHER)

HOLDER: You tell me you're not going to let me get away with it, you tell me to shush, I'm trying to have a professional conversation and don't tell me to shush.

MALKIN: Grow up.

HOLDER: Really?!

HANNITY: Respond.

HOLDER: First, I would like to say that I think that the liberals are losing this argument. OK, now maybe I'll get one conservative follower of yours to actually agree with what I am saying. I think that the liberals lose the argument when they call these weapons assault weapons, which I have done myself and I have been willing to become educated. They are not assault weapons. They do not kill as well as a moose rifle or as well as a rifle --

HANNITY: You are getting off topic.

HOLDER: No, no, no. But the problem is separating the crazies from the inner city, from what Mayor Bloomberg is stupidly and foolishly saying. The issue of guns is larger than just a five-minute debate. People die in different ways in this country with different gun problems.

HANNITY: The question is, the exploitation within moments of a tragedy and the blame -- and this is what you chronicled, Michelle, they blame the Tea Party, they blame you, they blame me, they blame Fox, they blame talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, the list goes on.

MALKIN: Yes.

HANNITY: Go ahead.

MALKIN: I was just going to say that, you know, the problem with people like Michael Bloomberg and the problem with people like Tamara Holder is, they don't think about what they are saying. I mean, I actually take the time to listen.

(TALKING OVER EACH OTHER)

HOLDER: No, you take the time to study in your closet at your house so you can write your poem of the day.

MALKIN: And just a couple of minutes ago --

HANNITY: One at a time.

MALKIN: Just a couple of minutes ago, you called us essentially haters and insane, for condemning Michael Bloomberg's remarks and then you just said a couple of seconds ago, that what he said was nutty. And we chronicle time and time again -- this mass murder hysteria --

(TALKING OVER EACH OTHER)

HOLDER: What is chronicling? Do you work for the White House chronicling some tapes? You chronicle, you diagnose, you self-diagnose, you come up with all of these rhymes, your name is not Robert Frost. You are not a poet. Let's get to the issues.

MALKIN: You know, this is just an extension of "you are just a blogger." OK, I have heard this before.

(TALKING OVER EACH OTHER)

HOLDER: I'm not just a blogger I've worked in --

MALKIN: I've been in newspaper opinion journalism for the last 20 years and we chronicle every time --

HANNITY: One at a time. One at a time. Michelle, go ahead.

MALKIN: -- you have this knee-jerk -- this knee-jerk blaming. And you say, well, who was it? Who did that? ABC News did it. All of these left-wing Hollywood celebrities, all the people who went after your friend and mine, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

We are always hearing about how it's conservative free speech and political activism, the Tea Party Movement, that is to blame for these nut-balls who are responsible for their own behavior. Why can't we at least agree on that? Please!

HANNITY: Real quick --

HOLDER: No, I've agreed on that --

MALKIN: You don't agree on that, thank you.

HOLDER: The crazier thing about this man is he could have taken the bomb that was in his house and he could have put it in his car and driven it through a theater and caused a lot more damage than what these guns that he had.

HANNITY: The point is that conservatives get blamed and this is a false narrative by the left. In political ways, it's dirty air, dirty water. In political ways, it's Republicans want to throw granny over the cliff.

HOLDER: But safety is not a political issue and the intro to Michael Bloomberg is deceptive.

HANNITY: That's the point -- it is exploited by the left and not just Mayor Bloomberg.

HOLDER: Michael Bloomberg is moronic.

HANNITY: All right, and thank you, Michelle, good to see you. And thank you, Tamara.

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