Like most Republicans, far-right freshman Congressman Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina insists that any measure for common sense gun-law reform is an infringement on the Second Amendment, which he believes is for the purpose of ensuring citizens can rebel against the government.
Cawthorn is also convinced that American citizens with guns could overpower the U.S. Military, which was allocated a $714 billion budget last year.
As evidence to support this belief, Cawthorn pointed to the Viet Cong, the communist guerilla militia that fought against the United States during the Vietnam War.
Cawthorn was attempting to argue that assault weapons, which are designed for the express purpose of killing the maximum amount of people in as little time as possible, are necessary to defend against the United States Government—the same government that signs Cawthorn's paychecks.
Rep Madison Cawthorn: "If anybody ever wants to say 'oh, well you know what, citizens with a few small arms fire wo… https://t.co/3W9DDgvZz9— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell) 1623880132.0
In an interview on right-wing disinformation outlet Newsmax, Cawthorn said:
"The Second Amendment is not written for sporting. The Second Amendment is so that if the tyrannical government ever wants to rise up, we can stop them. If anybody ever wants to say, 'oh, well you know what, citizens with a few small arms fire would never be able to stop the federal government'—I absolutely disagree. Ask the Viet Cong how they handled the Marines and the Army in Vietnam."
Long considered one of the United States' most shameful wars, the Vietnam War saw mass casualties on both sides. Though the U.S. ultimately lost the war, its effects devastated Vietnam and its people for decades to come.
In addition to backing from the North Vietnam Military, the Viet Cong also had backing from communist allies like China and the Soviet Union—they weren't average citizens.
People responded with history lessons.
Dear @RepCawthorn: Many Vietnamese and Americans tragically lost their lives in the Vietnam war. Also, the US Marin… https://t.co/v29E6rOMEu— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1623904954.0
Aside from the fact that this un-American poltroon is slagging the U.S. military, allow me to point out the histori… https://t.co/QSBFmTz6kb— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols) 1623889946.0
Marines killed in Vietnam: 14,844 per NARA. Army soldiers killed in Vietnam: 38,224 per NARA. Out of the 58,220 cas… https://t.co/akm6E0ckQH— James LaPorta (@James LaPorta) 1623903133.0
The Viet Cong taught us that a small guerrilla army backed by another nation's regular army, with all war productio… https://t.co/bDHK7NtpZV— Stan "Cool kids get vaccines" O. (@Stan "Cool kids get vaccines" O.) 1623885710.0
Ah yes, after we sort through the nearly 4 million deaths during that war, I’m sure there’s a good argument in ther… https://t.co/DMrbe7ihvR— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1623895303.0
People didn't know where to begin with how absurd the statement was.
Imagine. If. Ilhan. Omar. Said. This!! https://t.co/FtukDV2lyX— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan) 1623885610.0
If I said this, you can bet my email would be flooded by patriotic Americans (and Vietnamese Americans) telling me… https://t.co/TCLV5BnKzf— Viet Thanh Nguyen (@Viet Thanh Nguyen) 1623893509.0
Who would they be shooting? US soldiers? Cops? Secret service agents? Elected officials? Please be specific, Madis… https://t.co/mNMZqHK9Hz— Charlie Sykes (@Charlie Sykes) 1623930225.0
Democrats are Communists, while real Americans seek to emulate the Viet Cong. https://t.co/nDIBb8VWfB— Seth Masket (@Seth Masket) 1623887953.0
Cawthorn hasn't addressed the controversy yet.