What in the hell is this country coming to? Members of our own government are taking loaded firearms into places they simply do not belong. This has happened a few times since President Trump was elected into office, and it seems to be becoming a popular trend now that people know the President has no morals.
Friday afternoon, during a meeting with his constituents, Congressman Ralph Norman of South Carolina brandished his weapon to prove a point about safety while simultaneously scaring the crap out of everyone.
According to Post and Courier:
“U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-Rock Hill, told The Post and Courier he pulled out the weapon and placed it on a table for several minutes in attempt to make a point that guns are only dangerous in the hands of criminals. He was speaking to constituents about gun violence during a public meeting at a diner in Rock Hill.”
South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman pulled out a loaded firearm during a constituent meeting Friday in Rock Hill, Post and Courier reports.
"I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords," Norman said.https://t.co/Qqj8nwaRrr
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 6, 2018
The GOP Congressman said the following after pulling his weapon:
“I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords. I don’t mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I’m shooting back.”
“I’m tired of these liberals jumping on the guns themselves as if they are the cause of the problem. Guns are not the problem.”
Lori Freemon of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was furious about Norman’s display, saying that:
“I had looked forward to a respectful dialogue with my representative about common-sense gun violence prevention policies. Instead, I felt unsafe when he insisted on showing us his loaded gun and keeping it out on the table for much of our conversation.”
Teacher Lori Carter was also in attendance, and she said that Norman had just finished talking about mental illness being the key factor when he pulled the gun and sat it on the table in front of him:
“And then he chose to take the gun out and put it on the table not knowing if any of us had mental health issues. What was to prevent me from leaning across the table to take that gun? So to me, it was contradictory.”
The internet is also livid over the ridiculous lack of care or empathy for anyone in the room who may be a gun violence survivor. The reactions from Twitter are telling; we saved the best ones below:
And they wonder why we march.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) April 6, 2018
Investigate and take proper action:
Hon Paul D. Irving,Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives
Room H-124 USCapitol
Rep. Ralph Norman <— Call for Censure@USHouseNews
— John Sheehan (@dogstar7tweets) April 6, 2018
This is unacceptable for a member of Congress to do at a town hall. Absolutely unacceptable. https://t.co/OyjdG2wGid
— Mal Hyman (@Mal4Congress) April 6, 2018
Live look at Congressman Ralph Norman: pic.twitter.com/f0BnO8Yami
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) April 6, 2018
— Mal Hyman (@Mal4Congress) April 6, 2018
I wish one of the moms had been packing (which of course defeats the purpose) to show him her gun.
Of course, he would have freaked the heck out and called for security.
— musicanimal (@musicanimal62) April 6, 2018
Call the house and have him brought up on charges. He was threatening his constituents with a loaded weapon
— Meighan Corbett (@MeighanCorbett) April 6, 2018
You can also call local PD and phone in a weapons violation. SC is not an open carry state and he violates his CCP by doing so. If convicted of a weapons violation he won't be allowed to own a firearm at all.
— 6million$woman🇦🇼🇺🇸✡ (@6millionwoman) April 6, 2018
This is a perfect example of an irresponsible gun owner who proves through his words and his actions he should not own one, ever!
— Royce Hansen (@kidpoulsbo) April 6, 2018
Yeah, you pull out a loaded gun and wave it around, idiot. That's how gun accidents happen.
People like this clown are why we need a human neuter & spay program. We don't want defectives passing on their genes.
— ManyEyesWoman♎🖖🇺🇸 (@Merri__Magic) April 6, 2018
I hope he got in trouble! What an idiot!! Congressman Ralph Norman of South Caroling whips pistol out during coffee. DON'T VOTE FOR CONGRESSMAN RALPH NORMAN IN SOUTH CAROLINA!!! GUN CRAZT NUT CASE! https://t.co/upNTMcGpO1
— PEACE, LOVE, UNITY (@Flowerstoall) April 6, 2018
Don't worry, @RalphNorman, you could never even get close to being like Rep Gabrielle Giffords. She is dear to the hearts of millions.
— H Wayne Storey (@HWayneStorey1) April 6, 2018
Brandishing a gun in South Carolina is illegal. People in attendance need to report it to the police immediately.
— Rob Voreck (@RobVoreck) April 6, 2018
Lets be perfectly clear, Norman: that is EXACTLY the textbook example of an irresponsible #GunOwner. You do NOT pull out a gun except to use it in ACTUAL self defense. You do NOT brandish it. You do NOT make a show of being armed…unless your goal IS to intimidate, which it WAS!
— Steve Seidler (@GrayShadowTech) April 6, 2018
Well I guess we got some insight into his lockjaw stance on guns: “I don’t mind dying.” Those of us with @MomsDemand very much mind dying by gun. Go figure!
— HizzleMcShizzle (@ShizzleMc) April 6, 2018