Rep. Ken Buck (R-Co.) sparked outrage on Friday when he posted a video of himself on Twitter threatening to shoot former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) over their support of gun control measures.
In the wake of a long list of mass shootings across the nation, several of which have occurred in Texas, in recent years, Biden has become the top choice for the Democratic nomination by advocates of stronger gun laws.
Obviously, Republicans and the National Rifle Association are throwing tantrums about it. But Buck took things way too far suggesting he would use his AR-15 to murder the two Democrats if they try to take his assault weapon away.
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
Keep in mind that Buck is a sitting congressman and that Republicans are constantly accusing Democrats of lacking civility.
Threatening to shoot Democrats while posing next to an AR-15 in your office makes it pretty clear who is really being uncivil.
Twitter users reacted in horror and also showered Buck with mockery.
The congressman’s implication here is that he will murder O’Rourke and Biden if they try, in case that isn’t clear https://t.co/I2jwowRpIs
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 6, 2020
Gun nuts: “We are responsible, law-abiding people!”
Also gun nuts: “I WILL KILL ANYONE WHO COMES NEAR ME AND MY GUN”
— Santa Claus, CEO (@SantaInc) March 6, 2020
That gun makes your penis look small.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) March 6, 2020
It’s part of a new program in elementary schools to have the kids decorate the AR-15’s that haunt their nightmares
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) March 6, 2020
.@RepKenBuck, had I seen this yesterday when in DC I gladly would have. My daughter died from a single AR 15 bullet. You may find joy in that, I don’t. I will gladly come back to DC to discuss your AR 15 and removing it for safe storage. Do not make threats of AR 15 violence.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) March 6, 2020
Reported tweet for targeted harassment.
— June Cozad (@cozad_june) March 6, 2020
Nice paperweight, virgin.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) 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
do you have any idea just how unhinged you sound
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) March 6, 2020
Clearly, Buck’s threat is behavior unbecoming a man in his position, and he should be censured or expelled. No doubt, he just incited gun violence against Biden, O’Rourke and any other Democrat who supports stronger gun laws to reduce gun violence. And any blood that results will not only be on his hands, but on the hands of every Republican.
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