Pearls are being clutched and fainting couches are being readied after Colorado Rep. Ken Buck took to Twitter with a challenge to Joe Biden and Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke.
As it turns out, this isn’t the first time anti-gun activists have tried to make a big deal out of Buck’s black rifle. Back in 2015, after Buck and then-Rep. Trey Gowdy posed in his office with Buck’s AR-15, D.C.’s Attorney General actually launched an investigation. As the Huffington Post reported at the time, however, Buck broke no laws by having his AR-15 in his D.C. office.
The Metropolitan Police Department referred HuffPost to the Capitol Police Department, which noted that D.C.’s ban does not apply to any member of Congress or their employees while at the Capitol.
“[Capitol Police Board] regulations … specifically provide that members of Congress may maintain firearms within the confines of their office and they and any employee or agent of any member of Congress may transport within the Capitol grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped,” Lieutenant Kimberly Schneider said.
As for the muzzle discipline, Buck noted at the time that the AR-15 on his office wall wasn’t operable. Bearing Arms
I have just one message for Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke, if you want to take everyone’s AR-15s, why don’t you swing by my office in Washington, D.C. and start with this one?
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) March 6, 2020
Buck’s office called Biden and O’Rourke “the gun-grabbing duo.”
The video of Buck with the rifle, which was wrapped in an American flag design, was in response to O’Rourke’s stance against high-powered assault rifles being in civilian hands, and Biden’s reference earlier this week that he would tap O’Rourke to help him “take care of the gun problem.”
Buck’s office noted that O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, had said in a Democratic debate, “hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
Before he made that comment, O’Rourke had been asked at the debate whether he proposed to take away those types of weapons.
He answered, “I am if it is a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield; if they high impact high velocity round when it hits your body shreds everything inside of your body because it was designed to do that so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers.”
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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