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Dad of Parkland Victim Eviscerates Lindsey Graham for Twitter Thread Supporting Assault Weapons
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The United States is seeing yet another influx of mass shootings, with dozens of deaths in March alone. Shootings occurred everywhere from California to Colorado to Georgia and beyond.

Exacerbating the gun murders in the United States is the availability of assault weapons—semiautomatic firearms with detachable magazines designed to kill as many people as possible.

For years, advocates of common sense gun law reform have advocated for the return to an assault weapons ban, saying that weapons of war shouldn't be permitted on America's streets.

Right on schedule, Republicans have painted the calls for these bans as a move to infringe on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, insisting that these mass shootings with stratospheric body counts are the price of so-called freedom.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who's received nearly $60 thousand in campaign donations from the National Rifle Association, recently tweeted a thread in support of keeping assault weapons available in the United States.

The thread began with a video of him firing one.

Graham insisted that AR-15s are necessary in situations like natural disasters, and he misleadingly claimed that the assault weapons ban instituted in 1994, which was riddled with exemptions and loopholes, resulted in "no change in crime."

Mass shooting deaths after the weapons ban marginally dropped, but these deaths stratospherically rose after the ban expired in 2004.

According to the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, pre-ban mass shootings resulted in a death toll of 68 from 1982 to 1993. When the ban was in effect from 1994 to 2004, the death toll dropped to 53. But in the years 2005 to 2017, after the ban was lifted, the mass shooting death toll was 309—nearly six times higher than when assault weapons were banned.

But beyond raw data, these deaths affect the lives of untold numbers of people who've lost a loved one from gun violence.

Fred Guttenberg was the father of Jaime Guttenberg, a 14 year old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In 2018, a shooter wielding an AR-15 entered the school and murdered 17 people, with Jaime Guttenberg among them.

Since then, Fred Guttenberg has devoted his life to activism in support of common sense gun law reform.

He continued that work with a swift rebuke responding to Graham's video.

Guttenberg said Graham was promoting violence and showing potential mass shooters which weapons would be most effective in murdering others.

Guttenberg was met with widespread agreement for his response.

And Guttenberg was far from the only one to decry Graham's promotion of assault weapons.

Graham's thread comes less than two weeks after he gave a bizarre Fox News interview fantasizing about protecting his home from "the gang" with an assault weapon.