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AR-15 useful for shooting prairie dogs, “naughty ones,” says Senator John Thune, because gun negotiations intensify

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While negotiations in the Senate continue on a possible transaction at gun violence, Senator John Thune (RS.D.) was asked why Americans need AR-15. His argument CNN on Tuesday: A semi-automatic rifle can be useful in prairie dog shooting in his home state.

“This is a sporting rifle. This is what a lot of people [use] for goals of going out target shooting – in my condition, they use them shoot prairie dogs and you know the other species of varmints,” Thune said. “So I think there are legitimate reasons why people would want have them. I think challenge you have already what is literally millions of them available in this country.”

Thune, whip of the senatorial minority, also echoed by his fellow Republicans in call for more attention on weapons and mental health issues, saying “So I just think the problems they should be focused on is how you keep these types of weapon out of arms of these young — in in this case, the man is very insane, young men”.

Comments that have been viewed millions of time on social media from Tuesday morning follow arguments of other Republicans in weeks after the mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, Texas, and Tulsa that the Americans needed access to AR-15 – a military rifle – to kill wild pigs, hunt pigs and get rid of of raccoons. Prairie dog averaging 12 to 16 inches in length and weighs between 1 and 3 pounds, according to the National Park Service.

Tuna office did not respond immediately for comment early Wednesday.

Debate around access to AR-15 comes when the senators call for patience in conversation on legislative package which could include first significant federal gun restrictions in three decades along with provisions concerning with school safety and mental health. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) said his House vote on It “in nearest future”, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) noted that it was “way too much soon”predict how many Republicans may eventually come.

“We don’t have an agreement yet,” McConnell said, adding: “Personally, I’d rather get a result and I hope we’ll have one sooner rather than later.”

hopes for quick gun deal disappears as Senate negotiators plead for patience

Like waiting for The quick deal disappeared on Tuesday, actor Matthew McConaughey, native of Uvalde urged deputies to act on gun control in impassioned remarks uttered in unexpected appearance on podium of the White House briefing room. Emotional McConaughey told stories of 19 children and two teachers killed by an elementary school shooter on May 24th.

McConaughey calls gun measures in unexpected appearance at the White House

“Responsible gun hosts are fed up with Some crazy people are abusing the Second Amendment and kidnapping it,” McConaughey said. “These rules are not step backthey step forward for Civil Society and the Second Amendment”.

Actor Matthew McConaughey who is native in Uvalda, Texas, spoke on gun regulation measures at a press briefing at the White House on June 7th. (Video: The Washington Post)

long time supporter of gun right, Thune upvoted against mandatory background checks in gun shows and longer mandatory waiting periods for buy firearms, according to the Mitchell Republic newspaper from South Dakota. He was vocal in his opposition anyone gun legislation last year which “may violate confidentiality of law-abiding citizens exercising their clear 2nd Amendment Rights”. The senator has an A-plus rating. with National Rifle Association and its campaigns have received more over $638,000 in the NRA’s contribution over the course of his career, according to data compiled by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. in 2019.

After the shooting in Texas, the Republicans face online anger over NRA money

Bye more It is estimated that over 5 million prairie dogs roamed the American plains before 1800. range of number of prairie dogs reduced to 5 percent of its original size and two of five kinds in According to the National Park Service, the existence is threatened or endangered. 2008 outbreak of forest plague destroyed even more population in South Dakota, US Department of Agriculture says. But population of prairie dogs that cover most of western two thirds of the condition has become so stable that control measures have been put in place to limit damage to the animals cause on a little private land, according to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

Prairie dog hunting is allowed year-round and no restrictions on how many are killed – or what firearms are being used.

“No restrictions on caliber of rifles and/or pistols”, The Game, Fish and Parks website says.

Like Democrats and others critics push to limit AR-15 sales, some Republicans say rifles are needed for hunting.

When Vice asked Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) last month why americans should left access to AR-15, he pointed to a feral pig population in Louisiana, which the state estimates is 700,000 people.

“If you talk to people who own it,” Cassidy said, “killing wild pigs in something in between of Louisiana, they’ll wonder, “Why are you taking this away from me?” ”

The same question was asked to Rep. Matt Gaetz (D-Fla.). on Twitter last a week. In addition to the assertion that AR-15s are needed for target sport and self-defense, the guy said he needed a rifle for “boar hunting”.

issue came up again at congressional hearings last week when Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colorado) said that “the prosecution gun for what is happening in America small- thinking. Then Buck, who was seen with installed AR-15 on his office wall in 2020 pointed to how the rifle was useful in killing raccoons.

“In rural Colorado, the AR-15 is gun of choice for killing raccoons before they get to our chickens,” he said. “It gun of choice for killing fox, it gun that you control predators on your ranch, on your farm on your property”.

Tank added: “The thought that we would somehow deny access k – I think there are 20 million AR-15s in appeal in this country makes absolutely no sense. This is sad”.

Tuna Prairie dog argument has faced return. Tennis legend Andy Roddick pointedly posted a photo of adult prairie dog.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 in Parkland, Florida, reminded the Republican that they made AR-15 style rifles. in school riots.

@SenJohnThune in my condition and many others, they use AR 15 for shooting children”, Gutenberg wrote.

Representative Don Beyer (Virginia) agreed, again pushing for something – anything – needs to be done to resolve gun violence caused AR-15 and similar firearms.

“Across the country they use im shootin’ people in schools, grocery stores, hospitals, churches, synagogues, malls, bars and workplaces,” Beyer says. tweeted. “If you think that shooting at “naughty” is more more important than preventing mass shootings of children in elementary schools wrong”.

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