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GOP Congressional Candidate Says ‘Welcome To Tennessee Mr. Obama’ With Photo Of Handgun

by David Badash on October 3, 2012

in News,Politics

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Brad Staats, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress, posted to Facebook a photo of a handgun with an attack on President Obama, including the phrase, “Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama.”

Staats, who stands by his posting of the photo and his comments, promises he meant no threat. “I thought if I put that out there, people would know exactly where I stand,” he said. Staats is facing  Democrat U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District election.

“Many people in Tennessee keep asking me about my opinion on Second Amendment rights,” Staats’ Facebook post begins. “Apparently Tennesseans are part of that crazy crowd that Obama says ‘cling to their religion and guns.’ Well, then I must be part of that crazy crowd. Here is something that I usually have with me. Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama, where we appreciate our 2nd Amendment rights and the Constitution that was wisely given to us by our founding fathers.”

If that’s not threatening, certainly it could be interpreted as threatening — and should disqualify anyone from service in Congress, if only for poor judgment.

Staats, in the video below, says, “I’m going to say what I mean, I’m going to mean what I say.”

NBC says Staats “says the Facebook post was in reference to the recently passed U.N. Small Arms Treaty, an international agreement aimed at keeping firearms from terrorists and rogue regimes. The treaty was opposed by gun-rights advocates who fear it could encroach on civilian gun-ownership rights at home.”

“I do want President Obama to know as well as the rest of Congress and everyone else regarding our constitutional rights, don’t tread on America’s constitution,” Staats told WKRN-TV. “I think that your liberties, your life can be defended by the proper instructed use of a handgun.”



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Alex_Parrish October 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

I looked. I read. It still looks like a threat to me. If the Secret Service isn't all over his ass they are not doing their job. If local authorities had any sense or balls they would be investigating too.

EdinOcala October 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

What this hillbilly doesn't understand is that their gun ownership rights have not changed under Obama. The gun issue is a convenient cover excuse for racism, plain and simple……….

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