Despite the disproportionately high number of mass shootings in the United States compared to other developed nations, gun rights advocates insist that any and all firearm regulations (or even studies of such regulations) is an affront to the Second Amendment. According to them, the Second Amendment ensures that citizens can use firearms to protect themselves against a government with a $700+ billion dollar defense budget.
Far-right Congressman Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina is one such promoter of this claim. He recently praised the Viet Cong militia as an example that everyday people with guns can defeat an entire nation's defense systems, failing to acknowledge that the Viet Cong had funding from the North Vietnam Military, China, and the Soviet Union.
Despite the availability of assault weapons—firearms designed to kill as many people in as little time possible—Cawthorn is now insisting that all of the same weapons available to the U.S. Military should be available to American civilians as well.
The 26 year old Cawthorn called for an expansion of our small arms arsenal that would "make Halo look obsolete," before claiming that military and civilian weapons "should be the same."
People considered his comments delusional and even extremist.
They inundated him with sarcastic orders of military grade equipment.