Capital Hill Boogaloo: Lawmakers Spar over Gun Rights

AP Photo/Steven Senne

Gun owner Tonya Ricketts, of Warwick, R.I., left, displays a placard during a rally in front of the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Hundreds of gun owners attended the rally to protest proposed legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines after July 1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)



Joe Biden had to be on top of the world at his pre-Super Tuesday rally in Dallas, TX on Monday night. Fresh off of his blow-out victory in South Carolina, polls moving in his direction, new endorsements from Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar and even Texas’ own Beto O’Rourke, he was feeling good.

Standing with O’Rourke, Biden echoed his impassioned response to a debate question about gun confiscation. Biden told the crowd, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” Turning to O’Rourke, he said, “you’re going to take care of the gun problem with me. You’re gonna to be the one who leads this effort.”

Biden repeated his message the next day. Sitting with O’Rourke and his wife Amy, at a local Whataburger, Biden told a reporter, “By the way, this guy can change the face of what we’re dealing with, with regard to guns and assault weapons…If I win, I’m coming for him.” O’Rourke and his wife were just beaming.


None of this sat too well with Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) who decided to send a message to them. Buck posted a brief clip of himself standing in his office next to an AR-15 he has mounted on the wall, to Twitter. In the video, Buck says: “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?” He removes the gun from the wall and says, “Come and take it.”

Anyway, the Congressman’s post caused quite a stir on social media.

Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens (MI) wasn’t too happy with Buck’s message at all. And she fired back. (Sorry about the language Haley.) “Your congressional office is not your private home. It is a public space. This behavior is threatening and unacceptable. I feel unsafe with this in my place of work. I have been in contact with the Sergeant at Arms to express my concerns.”


We’ll see what happens on Monday.

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He’s even got a cannon on his desk!


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