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Rep. Ken Buck: We Cannot Regulate Assault Weapons Because Raccoons Eat Chickens

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Please, consider the children chickens.

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Thursday, Republican Rep. Ken Buck (Colo.) dismissed a proposal to control AR-style rifles, the weapon of selection for mass shooters, as “small-minded.”

Why? Because without them, Buck claimed, ranchers could be completely defenseless against varmint.

“Blaming the gun for what’s happening in America is small-minded,” he said.

“In rural Colorado, an AR-15 is a gun of selection for killing raccoons before they get to our chickens,” Buck added. “It’s the gun of selection for killing a fox, it’s a gun that you just control predators in your ranch, in your farm, in your property.”

If it sounds preposterous, that’s since it is. As this NRA story detailing a prolific raccoon hunter makes abundantly clear, a small caliber, lever-action rifle is greater than able to keeping the animal at bay.

Buck’s office didn’t reply to a request for comment regarding what number of chickens the lifetime of one child is value.

Astute readers will recall that Buck has an AR-15 mounted on the wall of his Capitol Hill office. In 2020, he used it threaten Joe Biden, then a presidential candidate, and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Neither of them are raccoons.

Buck’s claim drew ridicule from his colleagues across the aisle.

“Oh — Why didn’t y’all just say so? Now we have to guard the chickens from the raccoons. Cool cool,” tweeted Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). “In order that’s why our children must die of their classrooms. So we are able to protect the chickens. Makes total sense now.”

Oh—Why didn’t y’all just say so? Now we have to guard the chickens from the raccoons. Cool cool. In order that’s why our children must die of their classrooms. So we are able to protect the chickens. Makes total sense now. https://t.co/ir21XalETg

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 3, 2022

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