NRA posts video of disabled cancer survivor urging people to stockpile weapons amid coronavirus pandemic as Democrats call it ‘sickening’
- The National Rifle Association released a video showing a disabled woman with a semi-automatic firearm warning of politicians who might ‘exploit’ the pandemic
- Breast cancer survivor Carletta Whiting who is also disabled features in a four-minute video posted to Twitter on Saturday afternoon
- She said her health makes her vulnerable to coronavirus and needs to be armed
- Democratic Senator Chris Murphy called the video ‘sickening’
- Murphy accused the NRA of using insecurities people felt over the coronavirus as a way to encourage the stockpiling of guns
- The NRA in return said the crisis could be used by Democrats in a way to try and curb American’s Second Amendment (gun) rights
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The National Rifle Association has fired back after a video it published on Saturday was deemed to be ‘sickening’ by a Democrat in the Senate.
The four-minute long video features breast-cancer survivor Carletta Whiting who is also disabled.
During the course of the video she makes clear her reasons as to why she needs to have a firearm and speaks of her worry that the government will eventually ‘lose control’ and not be able to protect individual citizens and urges people to arm themselves.
The National Rifle Association released a video showing a disabled woman with a semi-automatic firearm warning of politicians who might ‘exploit’ the pandemic
Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut declared the video to be ‘sickening’ that the NRA was urging gun-owners to not only stockpile food but weapons as well.
In Whiting’s video, she argues that just stocking up with food will not be enough.
‘Mainstream gun owners have left the NRA, so now they’re reduced to telling people to stockpile assault weapons, instead of food, to get ready for the coming Coronavirus civil war,’ Murphy tweeted. ‘So sickening.’
The NRA was quick to respond and declared Murphy’s attack to be part of Democrats efforts to strip Americans of their gun rights.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy called the video ‘sickening’
Murphy accused the NRA of using insecurities people felt over the coronavirus as a way to encourage the stockpiling of guns
‘Sen. Murphy is either being intentionally disingenuous or is obtuse,’ the NRA’s director of media relations, Amy Hunter, told Fox News. ‘Carletta Whiting is one of millions of Americans who feel vulnerable and who know that when crime happens, the police are minutes away — despite their best intentions.
‘Right now, anti-gun politicians are using the pandemic to try and strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights,’ Hunter said. ‘Meanwhile, gun sales are increasing because good people are worried their government won’t be able to protect them. This is when Americans rely on their Second Amendment rights the most.’
The NRA video showcases other instances when during times of crisis state governments have sought to restrict gun rights such as in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
It’s a thought echoed by Whiting in the clip.
The NRA’s video showcased a number of incidents in recent history where society was on a crisis footing and people relied on their weapons for protection, such as hurricane Katrina
The NRA’s video shows Whiting heading toa gun range to fire her AR-9 rifle
Whiting said her health makes her vulnerable to coronavirus and needed to be armed
‘I know from history how quickly society breaks down during a crisis, and we’ve never faced anything like this before, and never is the Second Amendment more important than during public unrest.
‘What’s in my control is how I defend myself if things go from bad to worse,’ Whiting states in the alarming video.
Whiting is then pictured firing a round from her AR-9 rifle.
The NRA tried to reach across the aisle to Democrats by explaining how even ‘liberals in California’ were also lining up to purchase guns
In an attempt by the NRA to appeal to Democrats, Whiting tells how ‘even liberals in California are lining up because they know the government will not be able to protect them.’
The numbers of American’s buying guns ammunition and body armor appears to have had a sharp increase since the coronavirus became a concern.
In March, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) which is checked every time someone attempts to purchase a firearm was said to have seen three times more checks compared to the same time last year.
Agencies in Colorado and Virginia say they have had almost double the number of background checks being carried out due to gun purchases compared to 2019, according to Fox News.