Virginia congressional candidate Karen Mallard may have grown up “surrounded by guns,” but that didn’t help her avoid the ignorant mistakes so common among anti-gun politicians.
Mallard’s virtue signaling landed her in hot water this week after she posted a video on Facebook that showed her turning a legal AR-15 into an NFA Class III short barreled rifle. Virginia Beach police told local media that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is investigating the incident.
While Mallard claims the rifle was “inoperable” before she went after it with an angle grinder, she clearly had no idea that her actions were both illegal and ineffective at “destroying” the firearm.
“Surrounded by guns, our family had guns my whole life,” she begins, in what appears to be an attempt to demonstrate her pro-gun street cred.
Her family used firearms for “hunting, protection, and recreation,” but her husband’s AR-15 could never be used for any such legal purpose: “After last week, I told him that I wanted this gun outta my house!” she opines in the video.
But she knew that selling the firearm wouldn’t satisfy the demands of her anti-gun constituents. She had a better idea, one that would ensure the gun never resided in “anyone else’s house either.”
After slicing the barrel a few inches north of the receiver, she stands and delivers her manifesto. “I’m marching with the students, marching for their lives,” she declares.
“To those students in Florida, and across our country, keep standing up, and speaking truth to power! Thee gun owners heard you and we’re going to stand by you!”
In response to the thousands of (hilarious) comments from gun owners informing her of the felony she videotaped herself committing, she says she’s “not backing down.”
She surrendered the firearm to law enforcement, she claims in the video caption, but wonders why “all the NRA trolls out there” are “more outraged about me taking a gun out of circulation than about our children being murdered in our schools?”
Mallard, a Democrat, is running for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District and hoping to oust Republican Congressman Scott Taylor. The district has been under Republican control since 2011, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee listed it as one of their initial targets in 2018.
Mallard’s video doesn’t seem to have helped her bid. Of the 12,000 reactions to her video, 10,000 are either a laughing or an angry emoji. The vast majority of the comments are negative, with the top comment (below) garnering 41 likes: