Anti-gunners frequently blur the line between ignorance and insanity, but Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts dances that waltz more than just about anyone.
She posted a tweet last weekend that either demonstrates a shocking ignorance about the firearms she wants to ban or suggests that she doesn’t believe anyone under the age of 21 should be allowed to purchase a .22 bolt-action rifle.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 2, 2018
Watts likely scoured the Sportsman Warehouse website looking for the scariest, most tactical-looking rifle she could find. With its adjustable stock, pistol grip, and M-Lok handguard, Ruger’s new Precision Rimfire Rifle fit the bill nicely. She probably has no idea how the rifle operates nor the relative tameness of a .22 projectile when compared to more common self-defense rounds.
Or, she actually believes that young people under the age of 21 can’t be trusted with the type of rifle millions of youngsters have used to hunt squirrels and practice their marksmanship.
Either way, Watts got what she deserved from Twitter users around the country. Here’s a sampler platter of the best replies.
That’s a .22 Shannon. Just stop it.
— I am the reaper (@ac130reaper) March 2, 2018
That’s a bolt-action, .22-caliber rifle. It’s used for target practice and hunting small critters/varmints. That’s literally no different, functionally, than this rifle pictured below…it just “looks scarier”. ffs. And you wonder why “common sense” gun legislation never passes. pic.twitter.com/LzzvDg5UIJ
— Tuck Chodd (@luthiermark) March 2, 2018
It’s a bolt action .22 rifle suitable for killing small squirrels, one shot at a time. My 8 year old shoots one like it safely. But it looks scary to you so you fling up this dumb tweet. You need to actually know something about guns before you get to debate them, sweety. https://t.co/WlFrmNlY7o
— Stuck In LA with Zombies (@stucknLAwzmbies) March 3, 2018
That’s a bolt action .22, and those haven’t been used in any shooting. You can get airguns that shoot the pellet faster, and fire just as quick.
— Yooper (@Yoop3rman) March 2, 2018
Beclowning themselves like never before. So stupid it hurts. https://t.co/sMqK0fC8kh
— Mr P♤♤♧ (@BayonetDivision) March 3, 2018
If you’re looking for a laugh, check out the entire thread. The majority of the replies are similar to the ones above.
Watts’ tweet comes as part of a larger push to raise the legal age to purchase firearms to 21. Several major retailers, including Wal-Mark and Dick’s Sporting Goods, have already raised the age limit following the mass murder in Parkland, Florida.
The U.S. Congress is currently considering a slate of gun control measures, and the Florida Senate just passed a bill that would raise the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21, require a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases and ban the sale or possession of bump fire stocks.