At an event Thursday night, Matt Gaetz declared that the purpose of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is to carry out armed rebellion against the government. He also shouted to the crowd, “We have a Second Amendment in this country, and I think we have an obligation to use it!”
Matt Gaetz isn’t backing down, either. The morning after he told fans that there’s an obligation to use the Second Amendment, and that the explicit purpose of said amendment is an armed rebellion against the U.S. government, he tweeted the same sentiment.
The Second Amendment is not about hunting, recreation, or sports.
The Second Amendment is about the ability to maintain, within the citizenry, an armed rebellion against the government if that becomes necessary.
I hope it never does.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 28, 2021
In his tweet, and in the clip immediately below, Gaetz declares that he hopes it’s never necessary to utilize the right to bear arms for insurrection and rebellion against the U.S. Government. However, at another point in the rally, he yells at the crowd and assures them it’s their obligation to do so, as seen in the second clip below.
Matt Gaetz says the 2nd amendment is about “maintaining within the citizenry the ability to maintain an armed rebellion against the government” pic.twitter.com/MNATrjBrhr
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2021
First the Florida Congressman is speaking about so-called ‘cancel culture.’ Gaetz claims that “internet hall monitors” are telling people they can’t participate in online communities unless they conform and are “less patriotic,” but that they can’t stop his movement. Then he moves on to the Constitution and declares, “We have a Second Amendment in this country, and I think we have an obligation to use it!”
— KevinlyFather 🇺🇲🇨🇦🇲🇼🇸🇿 (@KevinlyFather) May 27, 2021
It’s especially striking when Democrats in Congress are still fighting to establish a commission to look into a recent armed attack on the U.S. government by its own citizens, just months past, and Republicans continue to block and decry any effort to examine the attack further.
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