Graham Defends Owning an AR-15: 'My House Will Be the Last One the Gangs Come To'
Republican senator defends Second Amendment
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham defended the Second Amendment amid the Democratic Party's push for gun control legislation.
Graham said his house would be the last one a gang would come to because he owns an AR-15.
Democrats including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Chuck Schumer have pushed for control legislation, specifically targeting so-called "assault weapons" following the mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, last week.
Graham dared Schumer to bring an assault weapons ban to the Senate floor while speaking with Fox News host Chris Wallace.
"What's wrong with a serious debate after all of these shootings about assault weapons?" asked Wallace.
"There's nothing wrong [with] debate," Graham shot back.
"In fact, I would challenge Sen. Schumer to bring the assault weapons ban to the floor of the United States Senate — it won't get 50 votes, much less 60," Graham continued.
"I own an AR-15," he declared.
"If there's a natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can't protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last one that the gang will come to, because I can defend myself."
Graham's remarks sparked criticism from progressives on Twitter.
One argued that Graham's lawful ownership of an AR-15 with intent to use it to protect himself made him sound like "Rambo."
"Just to be clear, when Sen. Graham imagines a natural disaster, he fantasizes about slaughtering desperate people."
Just to be clear, when Sen. Graham imagines a natural disaster, he fantasizes about slaughtering desperate people instead of imagining himself acting as a leader to secure the health and safety of his constituents.— Linda Lotspeich (@llotspeich) March 28, 2021
But many missed Graham's point, which was the vast majority of gun owners in America own guns as means to prevent violence, not to commit crimes.
"Most of these problems have a lot to do with mental health. Count me in for addressing that issue," he said.
"Red flag laws exist in 19 states, there are some things we can do."
American patriots are rising up and rejecting the efforts after the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) reported memberships are skyrocketing.
The NRA’s Andrew Arulanandam indicated the civil rights organization has been “gaining 1,000 new members a day since January, from online signups alone.”
Arulanandam told Breitbart that the rush of sign-ups coincides with Joe Biden being sworn into office and the following gun control measures pursued by the Democratic Party.