Republican U.S. Congressman Ken Buck of Colorado is being attacked and mocked online after daring former Vice President Joe Biden and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke to try to take his assault weapon.
“I have a message for Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke, if you want to take everyone’s AR-15s in America, why don’t you swing by my office in Washington, D.C., and start with this one?” Buck threatened.
“Come and take it,” he added, as he removed a shiny, American flag-emblazoned AR-15 from his congressional office wall, swung it past the camera while cocking it, then holding it in his hands.
Buck made his hyperbolic and apparently threatening remarks in a video he posted to Twitter on Friday, just two days after being one of only two lawmakers who voted “no” on the House’s $8.3 billion coronavirus bill.
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
It appears the Colorado Republican lawmaker is in violation of the law.
“Pursuant to the United States and District of Columbia Criminal Codes, firearms, dangerous weapons, explosives, or incendiary devices are prohibited on U.S. Capitol Grounds,” according to the United States Capitol Police.
Issues of law aside, many social media users were clearly angered and outraged, ands many apparently saw it as a threat to the two Democrats.
Some called for the Secret Service to get involved:
Where is Secret Service?! This is at least a suggested threat to kill Joe Biden. This man should have his weapons taken away under “red flag” law until he can make a showing to a judge that is not a threat
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) March 6, 2020
cc @SecretService @CapitolPolice @FBI Could you please go to @RepKenBuck office and have a “chat” with him that this kind of overt threat is impermissible pursuant to: 18 USC §351
Nor is it covered by the “speech & debate clause” or the “first amendment”.https://t.co/6RkRAGTkMm pic.twitter.com/uZ8hWUKEV1
— File411 (@File411) March 6, 2020
Some took the opportunity to promote Buck’s Democratic opponents.
Support and donate to their campaigns and #FlipItBlue
— Maggie Jordan (@MaggieJordanACN) March 6, 2020
Here’s how others responded:
do you have any idea just how unhinged you sound
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) March 6, 2020
Why is it glittery?
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 6, 2020
Listen up, “Buck”. Threatening civilians with your “poor phallic substitute” AR-15 is exactly why no civilian should have one. Even if it is bedazzled and looks like something even Liberace would say “Honey, that’s just gaudy, even for me.”
— Howard ✡ (@HowardA_Esq) March 6, 2020
I know that every Republican who pretended that Chuck Schumer threatened two Supreme Court Justices will be critical of this.
Because no way ALL those Republicans are hypocritical, right? They can’t ALL be?
— JRehling (@JRehling) March 6, 2020
fwiw it would be so, so easy to take a gun from this guy.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 6, 2020
That gun makes your penis look small.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) March 6, 2020
Nothing says “tough guy who is definitely not overcompensating for something” more than an old white dude in a suit who has never served in the military standing in an expensive office awkwardly holding a gun.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 6, 2020
Seek professional help for your pathological gun fetish.
— Mikko Alanne (@MikkoAlanne) March 6, 2020
Have you never taken a gun safety course? You NEVER swing a gun from one side to the other unless you intend to shoot. You pointed it at the cameraman.
ALL guns -even if youre *certain* theyre unloaded -must be treated as loaded. Theyre not toys, no matter if you wish they were.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 6, 2020
His AR 15 looks like he got it out of a Fruty Pebbles Cereal box!
I mean, he is really trying very hard to look tough with a big weapon to make up for his small penis, but it’s just not working!!
— 🆘 Wonderful Wanda Resists 🌊🏳️🌈🆘 (@WandaResists) March 6, 2020
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