Critics Slam Lindsey Graham for Video Of Him Shooting AR-15
Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham Critics sparked a violent backlash when he posted a video shooting an AR-15 after high profile gun massacres in Georgia, Colorado and California.
Last week Graham stated that he owns an AR-15 because “gangs” will leave him alone in the event of a natural disaster. And on Thursday, he tried to publicize his skills by posting a video showing he fired 10 shots in 16 seconds at a firing range, falsely claiming: “In 1994 there was a ban on assault weapons – the evidence indicates that nothing has changed in terms of crime because the crooks will get a gun! “
In 1994 there was a ban on assault weapons – the evidence suggests that crime has not changed at all because the crooks will get a gun!
Today at @PalmettoArmory I fired one of the guns they want to ban. # 2A pic.twitter.com/XI985BZ96F
– Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) April 1, 2021
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland massacre, wrote: “Today @LindseyGrahamSC showed up with the weapon that killed my daughter and the weapon of choice for mass murderers. Today Lindsey will cost her life. Lindsey, all future mass murderers take care of you and you just showed them what to use. “
Today @LindseyGrahamSC showed up with the gun that killed my daughter and the weapon of choice for mass murderers. Today Lindsey will cost her life. Lindsey, all future mass murderers take care of you and you just showed them what to use. https://t.co/ZyeTIjqFyu
– Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) April 1, 2021
The tweet sparked violent reactions from activists, political media representatives and others on Twitter who criticized Graham for posing with the gun so soon after mass shootings. Some of them pointed to research showing that the offensive weapon ban was effective.
He still fears that Americans will need weapons of war to defend themselves when a catastrophe causes society to collapse.
But it is his job to ensure that disasters do not cause social collapse.
And to avoid mass murders. # EndGunViolence https://t.co/ZCdO34RprP
– Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 1, 2021
A photo op that fires an AR15 days after a mass shooting with the same gun is like a photo op with box cutters on a plane after 9/11. https://t.co/IaO8PgnQCp
– Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) April 1, 2021
Imagine getting this Cold War Operator Skin https://t.co/TqRQ2XTFwf
– Desus Nice (@desusnice) April 1, 2021
Indeed, the offensive weapon ban succeeded in reducing offensive weapon crime
In other words, sensible gun control measures make people safer https://t.co/o0WHDRxNQm
– Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) April 2, 2021
I’m not sure I agree 100 percent with your policing, Senator. pic.twitter.com/3Dc1fNO8nz
– Seth Masket (@smotus) April 1, 2021
This is the saddest video ever recorded. It’s sadder than the video of a dog sleeping on its former owner’s grave. It’s sadder than the end of Schindler’s list. It’s incredibly sad. A sad, sad plea for help and love that will go unanswered. https://t.co/Pw7WfBfL4m
– Ken Tremendous (@ KenTremendous) April 1, 2021
Take this you gangs!
Bank, bank, bank! https://t.co/TDemKYKSK3
– JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) April 1, 2021
Shame on you @LindseyGrahamSC! Your argument is completely flawed. The ban on assault weapons would have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy. The shooter’s mother couldn’t have legally bought an AR-15, and you know it. https://t.co/7d5IMGS013
– Newtown Action (@NewtownAction) April 2, 2021
Nothing says “tough guy” like khakis and a belly in the first trimester.
(It’s also a sincere indication that the GOP has no news other than “Get guns, brown people are coming!”) Https://t.co/dciF1V8byw
– Ron Marz (@ronmarz) April 1, 2021
Gun massacres fell 37 percent during the ban and rose 183 percent after the ban expired. Why are you lying about it https://t.co/smDF0TybO1 https://t.co/9uLAlZ6LrH
– Adrian Todd Zuniga (@atzuniga) April 1, 2021
Among the blue checks, there were no responses from gangs now waiting for hurricanes.
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