Madison Cawthorn says armed citizens can ‘cease feds’ like Viet Cong fought US
North Carolina MP Madison Cawthorn drew the wrath of social media late Wednesday, June 16. Cawthorn, a Republican, appeared on Newsmax to discuss the Second Amendment and Assault Weapons, where he appeared to praise the Viet Cong, the Vietnamese military power who fought against the US.
Gun rights, especially assault weapons, are one of the controversial issues between Republicans and Democrats. While GOP-controlled states are pushing for more freedom, the Democrats are fighting back, citing numerous mass shootings. In late May, Texas legalized the license-free carry following a late-night deal. In early June, a California judge lifted the state’s 32-year-old ban on assault weapons and called the AR-15 “a perfect combination of home defense weapon and home defense equipment.”
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Assault weapons like the AR-15 were increasingly used in gruesome shootings, such as the boulder shooting in March. Still, Republicans seem determined to keep guns on the streets. Cawthorn was the last to get involved in the debate, comparing assault rifles to “modern sporting rifles” and referring to the Viet Cong.
“Ask the Viet Cong how they treated the marines”
Cawthorn spoke to Newsmax host Chris Salcedo where he condemned the Democrats’ latest plans to restrict firearms. The youngest member of the House of Representatives noted that “the second amendment is not intended to shoot clay pigeons, hunt, or practice self-defense at home. The second amendment is to stop a tyrant if he ever shows up.” Salcedo noted that “they want to take an assault weapon – that you and I both know doesn’t exist – they want to take it away from us.” The two discussed Biden’s choice to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) – David Chipman.
To which Cawthorn replied, “I actually saw him (Chipman) try to go back and say,” You know what, the definition of an assault weapon is anything that fires a semi-automatic round, something you can pull the trigger multiple times without reloading. “He then called that definition” that’s basically every single modern sporting rifle in the United States. “Cawthorn then referred to the Swcond addition and said,” If anyone ever wants to say, ‘Oh, you know what, Citizens with a few handguns could never stop the federal government ‘- I totally disagree with the Viet Cong on how they treated the marines and the army in Vietnam. “
Rep. Madison Cawthorn: “If anyone ever wants to say, ‘Oh, you know what, people with a few handguns could never stop the federal government’ – I totally disagree. Ask the Vietcong how they handled the Marines and the Army in Vietnam “pic.twitter.com/BPqn3d9Rsx
– Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) June 16, 2021
It didn’t take long for this video to quickly go viral, which resulted in Cawthorn being slammed for using the Viet Cong to defend his arguments over assault rifles.
Twitter slams “a damn take”
“The Republicans couldn’t just keep praising Putin the American president all week, now they have to praise the Viet Cong through the American military too?” asked one user. Another remarked, “Didn’t expect a US Congressman to speak about the fame of the Viet Cong, TBH …”
The Republicans couldn’t just keep praising Putin the American president all week, now they have to praise the Viet Cong through the American military too? 🙄 https://t.co/Vnr8YcOQe4
– Julio the Wachesel🌼✌🏽🇺🇸 (@DonkeyJulio) June 17, 2021
One person tweeted, “I’m collapsing on the Viet Cong settlement. Small arms aren’t the problem. However, the idea that the crew who collapse from wearing a mask will be as determined as the VC is hilarious.” Another remarked, “So you are saying positively that the MAGA cretins are like the Viet Cong of the United States.
I break down on the Viet Cong comparison. Small arms are not the problem. However, the idea that the crew who collapses from wearing a mask will muster the same determination as the VC is hilarious.
– Beau from The Fifth Column (@BeauTFC) June 17, 2021
So you say in the affirmative that the MAGA cretins are like the Viet Cong of the United States. That’s a bloody take. One goddamn take. https://t.co/XV90WZmLGF
– The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) June 16, 2021
One user suggested to Cawthorn, “They died. In large numbers. Just like “the Army and the Marines”. It’s a tragedy, not a punchline. Grow up @CawthornforNC. “One war veteran wrote,” @CawthornforNC You seriously have no understanding of war or irregular warfare. Only a wannabe would equate these two different situations. “Another user joked,” I never thought Madison Cawthorn was a pro communist. “
They died. In large numbers. Just like “the Army and Marines”. It’s a tragedy, not a punchline. Grow up @CawthornforNC.
– Jason Kander (@JasonKander) June 17, 2021
The Democrats currently support HR 127, a comprehensive bill that would, among other things, create a national arms register. Cawthorn slammed the bill, saying, “I really just believe that Joe Biden is trying to rob us of our gun rights when he’s trying to rob us of our freedoms.” He told Newsmax, “We have to fight this on a cultural level. We have to remind people that their safety is theirs.” USA Today found that assault rifles like the AR-15 have been used in 11 mass shootings since 2012. Still, the Republicans want to keep them.
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