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Rep. Madison Cawthorn clapped back at an expected push for drastic new gun control measures from Democrats and the Biden administration during an interview with Newsmax TV’s Sebastian Gorka and Lyndsay Keith on Friday.
Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican and the House’s youngest member, was responding to reports last week that Democrats and the Biden administration planned to introduce new measures including bans of so-called “assault weapons,” universal background checks, and licensing and registration requirements.
‘People have a misunderstanding what the Second Amendment was for,” said Cawthorn, 25. ”The Second Amendment is not so that we could go clay (pigeon) shooting, hunting or have home self-defense. The Second Amendment is so we can stop a tyrant if they ever rise up.
”People who oftentimes say that we would never be able to stop a formal military. Well, I’d love for them to go talk to the Viet Cong. They seem to do a pretty good job when we were there,” he added in reference to the Vietnam War.
Cawthorn joined freshman GOP colleague Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado in opposing H.R. 127 which would, among other things, create a national firearms registry, which gun rights advocates have long decried as the first step toward confiscation.
”I just genuinely believe that when Joe Biden is trying to take away our gun rights, he’s trying to take away liberties,” the North Carolina Republican said.
”You see Facebook and Big Tech take away our 1st Amendment rights as well. This is a dystopian society right now. What they’re trying to do to us is take away our liberties and our right. And I just won’t let it happen,” he added.
He noted further that the biggest problem with gun control legislation is that a couple of decades ago, legislators, pro- and con-, tried to frame the issue about hunting.
”We really have to blame a lot of our legislators two, three decades ago who tried to make hunting … what the Second Amendment was about,” he said. ”Really, we’ve done a poor job of making so that people understood that Second Amendment is about having weapons that we will be able to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government.
”The thing I think we need to do is fight this on a cultural level. We need to remind people that their safety is up to them. We need to remind people that given a choice between safety or liberty, we’ll chose liberty every time,” he added.