A Republican congressman, displaying an AR-15 rifle he keeps on display in his office on Capitol Hill, is being taken to task for inappropriately handling the weapon in a video he shared on his Twitter account.
Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado created a video that directly challenged Democratic frontrunner candidate for president Joe Biden and former candidate Beto O’Rourke to try and take the gun away from him. Biden has gone on record as supporting a voluntary buyback program for such weapons, while O’Rourke has said he’s supportive of a mandatory buyback, Politico reported.
“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?” Buck said in his video. “Come and take it.”
Buck keeps his rifle situated next to a flag in honor of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. According to Yahoo! News, AR-15s are strictly regulated in D.C., but members of Congress are allowed to display and transport such weapons in their offices if they like, provided they get the proper clearance from Capitol Police to do so.
Buck said he got those proper clearances. But as journalist Kurt Eichenwald noted, his actions in the video show that he’s not always responsible when it comes to handling weaponry.
.@RepKenBuck pointed an AR-15 at the cameraman as he swung it around. This is a violation of the FIRST rule of gun safety. You treat all guns as if loaded, and you dont point at something you're not going to shoot. He's a living example of why gun owners must take safety courses. https://t.co/fB0amuRQNV
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 6, 2020
“[Buck] pointed an AR-15 at the cameraman as he swung it around,” Eichenwald pointed out. “This is a violation of the FIRST rule of gun safety. You treat all guns as if loaded, and you don’t point at something you’re not going to shoot.”
Even the National Rifle Association, the largest and most influential pro-gun lobby in the nation, cites not pointing a gun in any direction you don’t want it to accidentally shoot in as their first rule.
“ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This is the primary rule of gun safety,” the NRA wrote in a blog post in 2015.
Buck’s irresponsible behavior in the video provided enough evidence to demonstrate to Eichenwald that the congressman is “a living example of why gun owners must take safety courses,” he added.
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