The debate over gun control is as volatile as it’s ever been, so it’s strangely fitting that the first U.S. gold medalist at the Rio Olympics is a sharpshooter.
Kim Rhode’s win made her an instant celebrity, and in the inevitable interviews that followed her victory, she didn’t hide her support for the Second Amendment:
According to the Guardian, Rhode attacked new gun laws signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, that make it harder for her to practice for her sport.
“We just had six laws that were passed in California that will directly affect me,” Rhode said. “For example, one of them being an ammunition law. I shoot 500 to 1,000 rounds a day, having to do a background check every time I purchase ammo or when I bring ammo out for a competition or a match — those are very, very challenging for me.”
Asked by the left-wing Guardian about mass shootings, Rhode replied.
“When you look at these events that have been occurring, they’ve been occurring in some of the strictest gun law countries in the world.”
She also noted that it can take a long time for police to respond to 911 calls, and in that interval, she wants to be able to defend herself.
It’s common sense, but these days, common sense can be costly for someone like Kim Rhode who, like all athletes, relies on financial help from corporate sponsors to afford to train and compete. Let’s hope she doesn’t have to pay a price for her honesty.
Credit: Conservative Tribune