As the Washington Examiner advises GOP office-seekers, “Nothing solidifies a candidate’s support for the Second Amendment like packing heat on the campaign trail. But when a Republican candidate for Georgia governor tried this gun trick he looked less like Eddie the gun-safety Eagle and more like Yosemite Sam.”
Here’s the tweet that got so many Twitter denizens’ panties in a twist:
I’m a conservative businessman with a 4-Point Plan to put hardworking Georgians first. I’m also the proud father of 3 teenage girls. Here’s the thing: If you want to date one of my daughters, you better have respect for women & a healthy appreciation for the 2nd Amendment. #gapol pic.twitter.com/dQvvfk06Rh
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) April 27, 2018
Brian Kemp, who’s running for governor in Georgia, made the humorous video with his daughter’s boyfriend. As the Examiner tells it,
Brian Kemp cleans a double barreled shotgun while lecturing his daughter’s boyfriend on the goals of his campaign and the rules for dating one of his daughters in a new campaign ad. But when Kemp slams the break action shut, Kemp appears ready to blow off the poor boy’s kneecap.
Actually no. No he doesn’t. Watch the video and it’s perfectly clear that at no time was the barrel of the shotgun pointed at the boy’s knee or any other part of him. But that didn’t keep the hyper-sensitive twitter pitchfork mafia and concern troll collective from raising a minor tempest in a non-existent teapot.
One of the first rules I learned in Army basic training: only point your weapon at something you intend to kill.
Improper use was severely punished and deliberately embarrassing.
— Alex Horton (@AlexHortonTX) May 2, 2018
This is Republican Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA). He’s running for Governor in the state of Georgia. He decided that it was a good idea to point a shotgun at a teenager in his latest campaign video. Let’s make sure this campaign ad is seen by everyone, just like Brian wants! pic.twitter.com/b6dou8yP2g
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) May 1, 2018
@11Alive I am disturbed by the airing of Brian Kemp’s GA GOV ad that shows him point a gun at a young man/possibly a teen? Are there any regulations regarding questionable content? This is worrisome as an 11Alive viewer. @VinniePolitan would like your thoughts too.
— QA Martin (@QAMartin) April 28, 2018
Just saw a GA Governor ad for #BrianKemp. He’s pointing a shotgun at a young man making him say his campaign platform. Like a damn hostage video. Creepy!
— TrumpNeck (@Francis_3) April 27, 2018
Lighten up, Francis.
The Examiner article, helpfully titled ‘Three gun safety rules every Republican running for office must follow in 2018’ then goes on to detail that candidates should . . .
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
The most basic requirement of responsible gun ownership is to always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Candidates should not point guns at supporters, opponents, or their daughter’s boyfriends.
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Candidates should keep their finger off of the trigger until they are actually ready to shoot an activity that preferably takes place at a gun range not while visiting constituents.
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Candidates should always check to see if the safety is on, the action is open, and that the gun is unloaded before handling. To avoid accidents, they should keep the firearms unloaded until they are ready to fire.
What happened to knowing your target and what’s beyond it?
It must have been a slow day for content if a right-leaning newspaper has to jump on the look-at-the-idiot-Republican-pointing-a-gun-at-a-poor-kid bandwagon.