Virginia congressional Democratic candidate Karen Mallard just landed herself under investigation after posting a video of her cutting apart an Ar-15 to promote gun control.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are the ones leading the investigation on Mallard after she posted a video Wednesday on Facebook of herself sawing off the barrel of her husband’s rifle.
What has she done illegal you may ask? Well after releasing the video to social media, many replied noting that she had actually broken the law. Virginia’s Sawed-Off Shotgun and Sawed-Off Rifle Act prohibits people from having a rifle that has been “modified to an overall length of less than 26 inches.”
“I grew up in Wise County, surrounded by guns. Our family had guns my whole life. We use them for hunting, for protection and recreation,” she said in the video before noting the Feb. 14 shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School convinced Mallard and her husband to destroy the rifle.
I took a personal stand for gun safety and I'm not backing down. A staffer took down this video to try to protect me from these vicious comments, but I'm not the one that needs protection our children do. And yes for all the NRA trolls out there, I finished the job according to regulation and turned it over to the police. Why are you more outraged about me taking a gun out of circulation than about our children being murdered in our schools? Thanks for listening and sharing.We need gun reform now. #SafeguardOurChildren
Posted by Karen Mallard for Congress on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
“So, today, we’re going to destroy it,” Mallard said before using a handheld power saw to slice and dice the semi-automatic weapon. Mallard, a school teacher and Democrat running for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, said she followed legal procedure for destroying a firearm.
“And yes, for all the NRA trolls out there; I finished the job according to regulation and turned it over to the police,” she wrote in a post accompanying the video. “Why are you more outraged about me taking a gun out of circulation than about our children being murdered in our schools?”
A Virginia Beach Police Department spokeswoman has confirmed that the rifle in the video is now under possession by the department.
What are your thoughts? Is this a stupid anti-gun stunt gone bad? Help keep this moving by Sharing! We don’t need people like her elected!