Group Wants Charges Against SC Congressman Who Pulled Out Gun

Group Wants Charges Against SC Congressman Who Pulled Out Gun

Group Wants Charges Against SC Congressman Who Pulled Out Gun

Around 8 a.m. Friday, Rep. Ralph Norman was holding court inside a diner in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he would spend the next hour hearing from constituents.

Norman, a Republican U.S. congressman representing South Carolina's Rock Hill district since June 26, 2017, told The Post and Courier that he pulled the Smith & Wesson gun out to show that "guns don't shoot people; people shoot guns". And it had: "'Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America, '" Norman said.

The state party asked both the South Carolina attorney general and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) chief to look into Rep.

"And then I said I'm tired of the police being demonized, I'm tired the NRA being demonized, and I'm tired of guns ending up themselves being demonized", he said.

"I understand his point", the sheriff said.

Norman's stance was made clear when he said, "I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords", referring to the former Arizona representative, who was shot in her hometown during a constituent meeting in 2011. "I don't mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I'm shooting back".

Norman said the media, specifically the Herald, used a connotation in the headline of Saturday's edition that implied he brandished the weapon.

Norman said given the chance to do it all over again, he wouldn't change a thing.

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"If he was employing those four rules, then I don't have a problem with what he did", Mele said. As such, during our discussion, I safely placed my gun on the table, pointed away from people, and made the point: "Guns don't shoot people".

"Mental health, and more importantly, a lack of morality, is the driving force behind this epidemic. Then the next thing I know, front page news, 'congressman Ralph Norman pulls a gun at an event'".

In a statement Saturday, Norman, who has a concealed-weapon permit, defended his action, saying that what he did was not unsafe.

"We have received the request and are reviewing it", Berry said.

"We should be allowed to carry a loaded weapon, although it was interesting that he put one on the table", said Selena Shaefer, a concealed-carry owner.

This response is not uncommon among those who witnessed Norman's actions this past Friday, and the backlash is not predicted to stop any time soon. The New York Times reports that the party "has called on the authorities to revoke his permit and investigate", citing a statute "that says it is illegal for a person to "present or point" a firearm at another person".

The Democratic Party in SC has requested that state police probe whether the Republican congressman who took out a loaded gun during a meeting in his district broke the law, The Herald reported Monday. Not only were his actions irresponsible and unsafe - they were illegal.

"As any truly responsible gun owner knows, you can not brandish your weapon without an imminent threat", Robertson tweeted Friday.

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