During a Town Hall meeting, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) took several questions on Charlottesville, and the general state of our nation.
In the midst of answering those questions, Ryan – when asked about the 2012 Sikh temple shooting – made some comments on gun control that raised more than a few eyebrows on pro-gun activist’s foreheads.
Here’s video of the Town Hall meeting:
The pro-gun community was upset, and caught off-guard by Ryan’s comments, because in this instance, there was no crime committed with a gun. Heather Heyer’s death, while tragic in every sense, was caused by a crazed person with car, not a gun.
The audience member who brought up the Sikh temple attack was a familiar face to Ryan, because the questioner’s father had been killed in the shooting.
After acknowledging their unfortunate history together, Ryan explained:
“We’ve got to do a better job of making sure that criminals don’t get guns or that people who are suspected of terrorism – like domestic terrorism – don’t get guns. Just like we saw. . . Heather Heyer was killed by an act of domestic terrorism. This fits into that category so I think we have to do a better job of making sure that terrorists not get guns.”
You might be thinking to yourself, “well, duh!”
But you should also be wondering, “how can my Second Amendment rights be protected if they can also be stripped away just for being “suspected” of something?