As the battle to disarm America rages on between those of us that choose to personally defend ourselves by carrying a personal firearm and those that would choose to disarm Americans rages on, one South Carolina congressman stepped up to the plate to make his point in bold fashion.
U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (S.C.-R) chose to pull out his own loaded .38-caliber handgun and sat it on a table for several minutes during a scheduled “coffee with constituents” meeting about gun violence prevention with his constituents at a Rock Hill restaurant. Norman was attempting to make a very valid point that inanimate objects do not commit crimes to those of his constituency that were calling for gun control. Yet many are accusing Norman of everything from brandishing a weapon to committing a felony.
While making the point that guns are only dangerous in the hands of criminals with his personal firearm sitting on the table in front of him, Norman then made the statement – “I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords.” Norman was referring to the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot outside a grocery store during a constituent gathering in 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Norman went on to state – “I don’t mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I’m shooting back.”
Since the statement, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords chose to respond to Norman’s comments, stating Norman is “no Gabby Giffords” and noting his wife’s dedication to ending the gun violence. Rather than focusing on education and training, Giffords and Kelly have chosen to advocate for gun control laws aimed at reducing gun violence. Kelly also called Norman an extremist who relies on intimidation tactics and perpetuates fear.
Kelly said in a statement – “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.”
Giffords and Kelly have campaigned and continue to actively campaign for full firearm confiscation believing that universal background checks are not enough. Meanwhile, Norman is a noted Conservative with the voting record to prove it.
Norman states he intends to display his personal firearm at future constituent meetings in an effort to make his point that people kill people, guns are simply tools. Norman states – “I’m tired of these liberals jumping on the guns themselves as if they are the cause of the problem.”
Naturally, some were quick to condemn Norman’s actions. School teacher Lori Carter of Charlotte, North Carolina stated she thought Norman’s move was contradictory in that Norman has no idea if someone at the meeting might have had mental health issues or concerns. Carter stated – “What was to prevent me from leaning across the table to take that gun?” Another woman said Norman’s actions upset her greatly as she felt “unsafe” by her representative’s actions.
“Lori Freeman, a volunteer group leader with Moms Demand Action in Fort Mill, said she found out about the meeting on the congressman’s Facebook page and decided to go after he rebuffed a previous meeting request on the heels of the February shooting of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla.