A Georgia gubernatorial candidate has launched an impressively tone-deaf campaign to protest gun control. His allegedly subversive idea? Hosting a giveaway of bump stocks, the accessory used to murder 58 people in Las Vegas two weeks ago.
In a tweet on Monday night, current state senator Michael Williams said he was holding the giveaway as a show of support for defenders of the Second Amendment. Truly, a new level of twisted. While Williams is considered a long shot candidate, this stunt just might put his name on the map.
“The tragedy in Las Vegas broke my heart, but any talk of banning or regulating bump stocks is merely cheap political lip service from career politicians,” Williams said in a statement. “In reality, the bump stock is the new, shiny object politicians are using to deceive voters into believing they are taking action against gun violence.”
Echoing a familiar Republican talking point (arming people saves lives, don’t you know?), Williams pushed the profoundly inaccurate claim that bump stocks actually prevented casualties as a pseudo-explanation for his giveaway.
“Many firearms experts determined the Las Vegas shooter’s use of a bump stock actually prevented more casualties and injures due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control,” Williams argued. “There is zero evidence that banning bump stocks would prevent any gun violence deaths.”
So one lucky person will win a bump stock because, of course, nothing says safe or practical like “inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control.” But why would insensitivity to the victims in Las Vegas or safety trouble Williams when the Big Bad Hollywood elites might take his guns away?
“Georgia’s gun owners deserve a governor who will stand with them when liberals and Hollywood elites attack our fundamental rights,” he added. “That’s why I am standing for the second amendment and giving away a bump stock as a show of support.”