Guess Who the Gun's Manufacturer Used to Make Weapons For?
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Jeb! just can't catch a break.
Having finally resorted to allowing his brother, former President George W. Bush, to stump for him in South Carolina, Jeb sounded revived.
In fact, Jeb delivered a powerful speech on Monday, after his brother introduced him. The former Florida governor proudly told his supporters that under his watch, 80,000 public school children were allowed to enroll in private Christian schools, and on the taxpayers' dime.
Today, apparently feeling like a new man, Gov. Bush tweeted this photo on a gun with his name engraved on it, and a single, one-word caption: "America."
America. pic.twitter.com/TeduJkwQF3— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 16, 2016
When asked about it, he seemed surprised, but then recovered quickly:
Sadly for Jeb, the gun manufacturer is a subsidiary of a company based in Belgium.
It gets worse.
"While the company is known as FN America, it is actually a subsidiary of FN Herstal, a foreign corporation based in Belgium. And for decades, the company was known as Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre," the Washington Post's T. Rees Shapiro writes, offering some background:
During World War II, the company was requisitioned by the Nazi military and its factories produced thousands of weapons for Axis troops, including pistols carried by Nazi officers and pilots. One model, the Browning-designed Hi-Power, was used by both the Allies and Axis powers during the war, with FN factories manufacturing a version of the popular handgun for the German military.
Fortunately, that was decades ago, and at least FN America also now makes guns for U.S. troops.
Regardless, the event was so out of character, Twitter mercilessly mocked Jeb!:
Even Edward Snowden weighed in:
Delete your account. https://t.co/UT19AT3Qyg— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 16, 2016
Democratic U.S. Congressman Mark Takano:
As did many others, mockingly:
America. pic.twitter.com/SxBMww5RbB— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) February 16, 2016
America pic.twitter.com/VLQA0Cb1tw— Paul Demko (@pauldemko) February 16, 2016
America. pic.twitter.com/J46SK1yJd1— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 17, 2016
Jeb Bush tweeted of a gun with his name on it, saying it represented America, which is fair because American has continually shot Jeb down.— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) February 16, 2016
Hey is Jeb Bush threatening America with gun violence? https://t.co/hw4O9iQaQJ— Robert Schlesinger (@rschles) February 16, 2016
Did Jeb Bush just threaten America? Pretty sure if you tweet someone's name and a picture of a gun, that's no beuno.— Chris // Punk (@PunkrawkBbob) February 16, 2016
Silly Jeb! that's not America that's a gun— Rob Stott (@Rob_Stott) February 16, 2016
Jeb! Bush's tweet featuring an image of a gun with the caption "America" basically sums up America from 1492 till now.— black magic woman (@jananamirah) February 16, 2016
Many were also rightly offended:
Jeb sent that picture of the gun the week Dylan Klebold's mother's book was published. He wants to be President. #America.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) February 16, 2016
& with this, I say F*CK YOU, Jeb. A photo of gun is not MY America. How very childish & UNpresidential of you. https://t.co/HcB3cEnvMQ— Ariel Ufret (@arielufret) February 16, 2016
Some tweets h/t: CNN