Joni Ernst: I Carry A Gun To Defend Myself From The Government
Joni Ernst, hog castrator and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, said during a National Rifle Association event in 2012 that she carries a gun and would use it to defend herself from the government. The Sarah Palin endorsed candidate has used a gun in one of her ads previously. The newly discovered video shows Ernst pandering to the fringe Tea Party base without regard or respect for the then-recent Aurora theater shooting.
It’s odd that Republicans want to defend themselves against the very government they work for.
“I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from a government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important,” Ernst said in 2012, adding that she owns “a beautiful little” Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter. Her remarks came just weeks after the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where gunman James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured dozens more on July 20, 2012.
Aside from the 12 people shot dead, 58 people were injured in the Aurora theater shooting.
Lock and Load, Joni.
In June, State Senator Joni Ernst characterized the shooting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as an accident in a US Senate primary debate. She was asked about her then-recent ad, too.
“I would not — no. This unfortunate accident happened after the ad, but it does highlight that I want to get rid of, repeal, and replace Bruce Braley’s Obamacare,” Ernst replied, referring to a Democratic Senate candidate. “And it also shows that I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. That is a fundamental right.”
Ernst has also referred to President Obama as a “dictator.”
And she’s “pro-life,” too. You can see the video at the Huffington Post here. [su_csky_ad]