South Carolina congressman draws gun at constituent meeting

08 Abril, 2018, 05:41 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • South Carolina Congressman U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman; U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords

After Norman's negative namecheck of his wife, Giffords' husband Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, noted that the SC land speculator is "no Gabby Giffords".

Giffords, a former Democratic representative from Arizona, was shot in the head during a constituent event in 2011.

A spokesman for Norman could not be immediately reached. "Guns are not the problem", he said, adding that he had responded appropriately to questions by "a group of organised anti-gun activists".

A Republican congressman in SC whipped out his personal handgun and laid it on the table in a bid to prove firearms are only risky when they are in the wrong hands.

When asked by attendees whether or not the gun was loaded, Norman responded simply, "Absolutely, a gun without bullets is useless".

Lori Freeman, one of the volunteers who attended the discussion, said she felt unsafe after Norman insisted that he bring out his loaded gun.

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Norman suggested he might pull out the handgun again.

"I am uninterested in these liberals leaping on the weapons themselves as if they're the reason for the issue", Norman informed the Put up and Courier.

In the years since the shooting, Giffords and Kelly have advocated for gun control laws aimed at reducing gun violence.

"Americans are increasingly faced with a stark choice: leaders like Gabby, who work hard together to find solutions to problems, or extremists like the NRA and Congressman Norman, who rely on intimidation tactics and perpetuating fear", Kelly said in response to Norman's actions. "If we want to protect our kids and communities, Congress must get serious about passing safer gun laws. For our kids' sake, let's show our leaders we expect them to behave more like Gabby and less like Congressman Norman". Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, also criticized the congressman's actions. If someone walks into this restaurant shooting, I'm going to shoot him.

Ralph Norman, a Republican, greets supporters in June 2017 at a campaign party in Rock Hill, S.C., after winning a special election for South Carolina's 5th Congressional District.

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