A Florida state representative is facing major backlash after his reaction to President Joe Biden’s address to the nation concerning the school shooting in Texas was perceived as a thinly veiled threat on the president’s life.
“As a nation, we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?” Biden said in a televised statement, adding, “I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage.”
His ill-timed partisan speech targeting guns included the now-familiar quip about deer not wearing Kevlar vests.
“What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone? Deer aren’t running through the forest with Kevlar vests on, for God’s sake. It’s just sick,” the president said. “And the gun manufacturers have spent two decades aggressively marketing assault weapons which make them the most and largest profit. For God’s sake, we have to have the courage to stand up to the industry.”
In an effort to make abundantly clear to his constituents just how in favor of the Second Amendment he is, Florida state Rep. Randy Fine (R) may have crossed the line in a tweet reacting to Biden’s posturing against the gun lobby. Some on social media clamored to report Fine to Twitter Safety, the FBI and Secret Service.
“I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President,” the tweet began.
I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President — try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place.
— Rep. Randy Fine (@VoteRandyFine) May 25, 2022
“[T]ry to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place,” the GOP lawmaker went on.
The tweet garnered little support from his scant social media following and was quickly ratioed with the thousands of replies garnering exponentially more likes than the less than 400 offered to the original post.
This has been reported to both @Twitter / @TwitterSupport & the @FBI. You don’t get to make thinly veiled terroristic threats to the President of the United States. Hopefully your account is deleted and you serve [some] jail time.
— Elgin Charles (@ElginCharles) May 25, 2022
As the post grew more attention, more and more users deemed Fine’s remarks as a terrorist threat against the president. However, at the time of this posting, he has neither removed his affirmation of the Second Amendment nor has he appeared to have been suspended from the social media platform.
Instead, as the internet decried his response to Biden’s divisive address where he asked, “What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone?” Fine planted his feet and doubled down on his original statement.
The reaction exposes the lie of the left that they just want “common sense gun control.” They want one thing and one thing only — gun confiscation and an end to the 2A — and the notion that Americans will exercise their right to fight them makes them go crazy. Boo hoo. https://t.co/IGi2mTRkJF
— Rep. Randy Fine (@VoteRandyFine) May 25, 2022
“The reaction exposes the lie of the left that they just want ‘common sense gun control.’ They want one thing and one thing only — gun confiscation and an end to the 2A — and the notion that Americans will exercise their right to fight them makes them go crazy,” the legislator wrote. “Boo hoo.”
While it remains up to the authorities to determine if an investigation is warranted and whether Fine’s remarks are a credible threat to the president, his follow up assertion about an end to the Second Amendment is not unwarranted. Filmmaker Michael Moore called for a repeal of the right to bear arms hours after the tragic murder of at least 19 children and elaborated, “We don’t need the sensible stuff. We need the hard-core stuff that is going to protect ourselves and our children.”
👇 This you? 👇 pic.twitter.com/B3sPR4GT5B
— Truth Seeker 🕵️♂️ (@WSSMomma) May 25, 2022
Of course, the left went a step further than merely pointing to Fine’s statement and endeavored to smear him with a fabricated tweet to paint him as a zealot and complete monster. Following that, they behaved as though his support of the Second Amendment was his initial reaction, when in fact he noted how heartbreaking any such tragedy is and hoped the murderer was met with eternal damnation.
I will never forget presenting a bill on the Floor as I watched my colleagues become frenetic as we learned about Parkland. I think of how heartbroken we were — and are — as we pray for those children, staff, and families in Texas. May the murderer spend eternity in hell.
— Rep. Randy Fine (@VoteRandyFine) May 24, 2022
“I will never forget presenting a bill on the Floor as I watched my colleagues become frenetic as we learned about Parkland,” Fine wrote. “I think of how heartbroken we were — and are — as we pray for those children, staff, and families in Texas. May the murderer spend eternity in hell.”
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