Because two Brooklyn state legislators are supporters of gun control, the National Rifle Association targeted the two female lawmakers with an image of bullets next to their pictures. Of course they did.
The Daily News reports:
America’s 1st Freedom, an NRA publication, tweeted the image of Democratic State Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Democratic Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon Monday morning.
The organization showed its staunch opposition in a blog post to a bill the lawmakers announced last month limiting ammunition purchases over a 90-day period.
“In truth, such legislation should simply be laughed off and quickly forgotten,” wrote America’s 1st Freedom editor Mark Chesnut. “Unfortunately, the anti-gun climate in New York requires that we all take it seriously. New York gun owners should make sure their representatives know how strongly they oppose this ridiculous assault on their rights.”
Oh, and he sure did. The gun lobbyist organization used ammunition to express its opposition to their views.
— Americas1stFreedom (@NRAA1F) January 4, 2016
“I think it is irresponsible in the times that we are living in to place a target around someone,” Persaud told the Daily News. “By placing someone’s picture with bullets next to them you are playing on the fears of people.”
Simon weighed in, too, agreeing that the picture was “irresponsible” and just another attempt by the NRA to intimate her and stir up its base. “They are clearly trying to be intimidating and it is not working,” Simon said.
Simon and Persaud both said they have received threatening emails and tweets since they unveiled plans for the bill at a Dec. 20th press conference.
“The level of misogyny is dramatic,” she said. “It is amazing how many people have suggested it is too bad we were ever given the right to vote.”
Simon called the bill an “anti-stockpiling bill” and said the goal is to limit the amount an ammunition gun-owners can purchase to no more than twice the capacity of their weapons every 90 days. She stressed, however, they are still working on it and will not be introduced until at least next week. Adams proposed the bill to Persaud and Simon, officials in the Borough President’s office said.
“We are looking for ways to keep people safe,” Simon said.
Twitter has a new abuse policy but representatives for the social media site haven’t yet responded as to whether the tweet violates the company’s terms of service.
We all remember half-term governor of Alaska’s ‘crosshairs’ image she posted in 2011 just before Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head.
At this time, there is a group of white militants who have taken over a federal building in Oregon yet, the NRA is quiet. How many of those good old boys in Oregon are NRA members? (That is a rhetorical question.)
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