South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman puts loaded gun on a table at meeting to make a point

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Liberals’ head promptly explode.
Not the best way to make his point, IMO. But I get where he’s coming from. Must suck to be so triggered by seeing a gun sitting on a table.
From Fox News: To make a point that guns are dangerous only in the hands of criminals, a South Carolina congressman on Friday pulled out a loaded handgun during a meeting with constituents.
U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican, reportedly placed the .38-caliber gun on a table during the “coffee with constituents” meeting at a Rock Hill restaurant.
“I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords,” Norman said, referring to the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot outside a grocery store during a 2011 constituent gathering.
In a follow-up statement, Giffords’ husband, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, criticized Norman’s stunt.
“Americans are increasingly faced with a stark choice: leaders like Gabby, who work hard together to find solutions to problems, or extremists like the NRA and Congressman Norman, who rely on intimidation tactics and perpetuating fear,” Kelly said.
Norman, who reportedly holds a state-issued concealed-carry gun permit, said he’ll display his gun at future constituent meetings. “I’m tired of these liberals jumping on the guns themselves as if they are the cause of the problem,” Norman told the Post and Courier. “Guns are not the problem.”
Norman’s point about gun safety drew support from Republicans in the state, the newspaper reported. “Hysterical to see liberals freak out over @RalphNorman accurately demonstrating that guns really are inanimate objects,” state GOP Chairman Drew McKissick tweeted.
But some meeting attendees had a different view.
” … (H)he chose to take the gun out and put it on the table not knowing if any of us had mental health issues,” said Lori Carter, a schoolteacher from Charlotte, N.C., told the newspaper. “What was to prevent me from leaning across the table to take that gun?
“I felt it was highly inappropriate for an elected official, honestly, and it almost felt like an intimidation tactic,” Carter added.
Meanwhile, South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Trav Robertson criticized Norman’s action, saying “no responsible gun owner” would do such a thing.
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Alma
Alma
2 years ago

Yes, it is highly inappropriate for an elected official to put a loaded gun on a table to drive the point through that guns in the hands of criminals are dangerous weapons, and the representative also has a state issued concealed carry gun permit for his protection but, is it as bad as people continuously threatening to kill the President, say Madonna, Rosi O’Donnell, and worse yet DEMOCRAT SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS. Isn’t she driving tjhe point to have the President killed?

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
2 years ago
Reply to  Alma

There was a time that the sight of a loaded (or unloaded) firearm was nothing unusual. Our government and ‘deep state’ have gone to great length to change our perception of the true source of our freedoms.

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
2 years ago

Our founders expected us all to be ‘responsible gun owners’.
I suspect miss carter does have “mental health issues”, if her first thought was to lean across the table to take that gun;….and do…what. (that is, “what if”)

MomOfIV
MomOfIV
2 years ago

balls and bullets…a rare combination today

Mad Celt
2 years ago

Notice that not once did the gun jump up and threaten anyone in the room. It laid there like the dead weight it is. Until put to any use a gun is an inanimate object. Much like a scalpel it depends upon its welder. A scalpel can cut away a cancerous mass or terminate a fetuses life. Do we ban scalpels? No, it’s better to stop the human element and there is the real challenge.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  Mad Celt

Mad Celt . . . . Bravo! You did an excellent job of explaining just how it is that an “inanimate object” does not pose a problem. It is always the person welding the inanimate object that poses the problem. Since, unfortunately, those on the left are not able to grasp and actually understand that principal–it does little good debating with them. It’s like getting into an intellectual debate with someone who left their brain at home.

Comrade Obama
Comrade Obama
2 years ago

Clearly those people at the meeting have mental health issues if they objected to the Congressman having a gun. How do they muster the nerve to leave their safe spaces each day knowing they walk among people with sharp pointy objects and armed with hands and feet-which kill more people than “assault rifles?”

JerryO
JerryO
2 years ago

Awesome!!!!
Only bad thing is I can’t vote for this guy! I live about an hour or so south of Rock Hill…. Oh well, still AWESOME!!!!!!!

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  JerryO

JerryO . . . . I certainly do agree with you. It is “AWESOME” to see that some public leaders actually have brains that are hitting on all cylinders!

Jurist
Jurist
2 years ago

Good stunt, but misjudged. Goes against the first rule of gun safety, and others. It would have sufficed to stand up and show his HOLSTERED gun to everybody. Would have gotten the message across without giving the retards something to complain about.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago

We need to end this cycle of primarily DEMOCRATS freaking out every damned time they SEE a gun,regardless of who has it. I carried my 9mm Hi-Point semi-auto,clearly visible,for two full days,running errands,buying groceries,paying bills,going into the Bank,getting gas in the truck,buying parts for my truck,visiting friends-VERY busy days,and what I heard from ALL the people I talked to and dealt with was–NOTHING! They weren’t affected or concerned in the slightest that I had one of those HORRIBLE GUNS. (It was loaded too,with one in the chamber and the safety locked. Most times there isn’t enough time to load a… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

All through my teen years my cousin, who lived in Reno, and I would carry handguns openly everywhere we went in town. I never had anyone comment or act concerned. At the time the law said that, in a car, you had to set your handgun on the dashboard in plain sight.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

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Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago
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lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
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Glenn47
Glenn47
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

Lots of good info in that link. Still plowing through it. Thanks.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Anonymous . . . . Those two pictures definitely deserve to be shown together. P.J. O’Rourke’s saying, as shown above, certainly does seem to fit Piglet to a tee. Piglet certainly is a useless, sniveling brat! I am dying to know where he is 10-15 years from now. Presently, he is such a despised, spoiled child, I have a hard time envisioning that he will pull out of the rut he is in, and actually make something of himself. Every time I see that weak chin, and pouty mouth of his it is hard to imagine that he is not… Read more »

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

“A pox on him until he reaches the ripe old age of 60.”
And THEN he can start fighting for survival as the young,dynamic workforce turns their back on the “old guy”.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

That’s great. I grew up in California but spent a lot of time in Nevada. The two could not have been more different. California too was an “open carry” state, but if you did it you would get harassed, guaranteed. To tell the truth, I was raised to be safe with guns. When I had one that’s what I was thinking about. It never really occurred to me that someone would get so twisted around the axle over it. I’m glad to hear Connecticut is an open carry state. I didn’t know that. I noticed the other day that my… Read more »

Brian Heinz
2 years ago
Reply to  DCG

Spot on if you’re in a store and your showing that you carry then you are the first target they take out before they rob the store. Surprise is one of the greatest weapons you can have in an emergency situation.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  DCG

Yes, it was just a comment. It was a truthful one. I don’t know anymore, but when I was young they still followed the Constitution, maybe grudgingly. That was many years ago. I was pointing out that, in Nevada, you could walk around with a pistol on your hip and nobody got all excited. In California they would surely call a cop and the cop would keep you there questioning you about why you were carrying a gun. None of any of this has EVER been about crime. The cops want everyone disarmed because it gives them an advantage. The… Read more »

Jurist
Jurist
2 years ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

The reason nobody was worried is because it’s a Hi-Point. Everybody knows it won’t fire, har har ;-D

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Jurist

Good point, lousy gun.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

Funny-I’ve NEVER had a problem with MY Hi-Point. It works fine,shoots whatever 9mm ammo I give it without a problem,even reloads. Are you sure you know how to shoot? Besides,if it fails to work,it’s guaranteed for life,so if it doesn’t work for you,send it back and have it FIXED. (Maybe it’ll work better if you stamp it with “S&W” or “GLOCK” and tell everybody you paid 3X what you actually paid…. OH,I get it. This is like the old argument over how much better a HURST shifter is than a FENTON shifter. Obviously the Hurst is better because it’s twice… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

Sorry, I must be mistaken. Everybody in “The Hood” owns one.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

Yeah,and they seem to get PLENTY of killin’ done with ’em. ;=)

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

I’m all for duct taping them naked to a tree on an ant hill. Just pour some honey on ’em and walk away.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

truck . . . . Your response above was Awesome! Perhaps what we need is for liberals to see common, ordinary people carrying guns in order to dispel that rabid fear that have towards guns.
I would hope that if I am ever in a situation where I needed HELP immediately in a dangerous situation that someone such as yourself would step up and offer assistance to me. I agree far too many people think that the government should and will step in to save them, but that just does not happen in real life.

Grif
Grif
2 years ago

Rep. Norman’s stunt violated at least two and possibly all three of the first rules of safe shooting: 1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction, 2. Always keep the firearm unloaded until you are ready to use it. 3. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. I understand what he was trying to demonstrate. But the way he did it just gives the snowflakes an opportunity to demonize all gun owners by association. The fact is, he laid a loaded firearm on a table that was surrounded with constituents. There is… Read more »

Grif
Grif
2 years ago

Oh, I forgot to mention, I have been a gun owner for sixty years. I carry wherever I go. But I carry concealed. When I was a kid going rabbit and squirrel hunting by myself, no one in the neighborhood thought anything about it. Everybody had a gun and no one feared that I or anyone else would use it irresponsibly. Those days are long gone.

Alma
Alma
2 years ago
Reply to  Grif

YEP, those days are long gone, a very good reason why we HAVE to defend the right to bear arms, THE SECOND AMEDMENT OF OUR CONSTITUTION.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Alma

I agree Alma. They are “long gone” because people acquiesced to the idiots instead of telling them to pound sand.

Grif
Grif
2 years ago

I agree.

Philip
Philip
2 years ago

So Lori Carter wants to cry. Boohoo. Since when is a NC citizen a constituent of a SC Congressman? SC hotheads are the ones who started the Civil War. No surprise Rep. Norman decided to let the leftist wet their pants. To Grif’s point the article does not say Norman had his finger on the trigger. A gun sitting on a table is not pointed and an unloaded gun will not stop a killer. Many assassination victims may have lived had they been armed with a loaded weapon. I believe Huey Long and Bobby Kennedy were killed by their body… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Well, you know left/libtards…comment image

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

…and how “assault weapons” corrupt everyone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECzbYYmxr50

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Good thing he was out of school or he would have been suspended.

Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

America has gone insane.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Anonymous . . . From this picture of both Mr and Mrs Giffords . . . it would seem although Gabby Giffords is present, it is her husband who is out front at this particular gathering. Then we must ask ourselves the question . . . since Gabby may be suffering from diminished capacity from being shot, but she is maintaining her position in Congress–is it actually Mr Giffords who is the force of nature behind her position? I think it is rather odd that in this picture, Gabby Giffords is NOT STANDING BESIDE HER HUSBAND, she is standing in… Read more »

Glenn47
Glenn47
2 years ago

Knowing how unhinged most dems are, perhaps not the best move, but then again, sometimes they only understand visuals.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago

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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

lophatt . . . . That really just about says it all! Most excellent visual.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago

Stovepipe . . . . Bravo! Very well said. I also had noticed that each and every time Giffords was mentioned, they always included, “Giffords husband, retired MASA astronaut Mark Kelly,” as if the fact that he was an astronaut shed some special mystical light on her as his wife, and a member of Congress. I am very sorry that she was shot, but what does that have to do with negating the Second Amendment? There have been many, many others in our nation who have been shot, but they have not continuously clamored for the rupture and breakage of… Read more »

Glenn47
Glenn47
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

I like what you said. Why would we ever want to elect a woman or anyone whose first desire is to attack the second amendment and start taking our rights away. That isn’t the job of President, but it is to protect us. I have never once heard any of them say, let’s take all cars, for those beasts kill thousands every year. And you think they would be more active in helping the President stop this horrible influx of drugs that kill more people in a month than guns do in a year. So, you have to come to… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago

Yep, sure is.

stevenbroiles
2 years ago

Norman proved his point in a highly theatrical way, but I am assuming had anyone tried to make a grab for that gun, he would have pounced. Carter is the stereotypical looney, lugubrious, leary, leftist liberal lemming of doom: She presumes to read Norman’s motives, yet she would become indignant if anyone did the same to her!
Norman is right, Of Course: Guns ARE NOT the problem. LOONEY, LUGUBRIOUS, LEARY, LEFIST LIBERAL LEMMINGS OF DOOM ARE THE PROBLEM!!!

Dabigragu
2 years ago

Judge Roll and the other 5…the forgotten.

Grif
Grif
2 years ago

Some posts yesterday relating to my comments viz. Rep. Norman’s handling of a firearm at his meeting with constituents, made the point that the original story did not say he had his finger on the trigger. This is absolutely correct. However, neither did I. What I wrote was that he violated at least two of the rules for safe firearms handing and “possibly” a third. My justification for this comment lies in the fact that if he was carrying at the time, he would have had to take his firearm out of a holster. Acquiring a grip places the index… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
2 years ago
Reply to  Grif

“I attempted to respond yesterday (Sunday) to those who questioned my “finger on the trigger” comment. For some reason my response didn’t post.”
Sometimes, WordPress dumps a legit comment into Spam. I try to scroll through Spam comments to retrieve the legit ones, but I don’t do it all the time, for lack of time & energy.