JACKSONVILLE, FL – A Republican lawmaker in Florida is facing scrutiny after issuing a tweet that some are claiming could be taken as a thinly-veiled threat against President Joe Biden after the Commander-In-Chief called for stronger gun control measures in light of the horrific slaughter of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas by a deranged gunman on Tuesday.
Randy Fine, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, took exception to Biden’s insistence for stricter gun laws when it was learned that the suspect in the shooting – 18 year-old Salvador Ramos, who was killed by responding police – had legally purchased the AR-15 rifle, handgun, and high-capacity magazines he had used to carry out his massacre.
“As a nation we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name are we going to do what has to be done?” Biden said. “Why are we willing to live with this carnage?”
In response, Fine issued a tweet on Wednesday morning that some have taken as a threat potential against the president, who has called for stricter background checks and a ban on assault-style rifles.
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“I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President – try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place,” Fine said.
Backlash against Fine’s tweet was swift, with some Twitter users claiming that it was a direct threat and tagging the FBI and the Secret Service to investigate.
“hey @SecretService are you cool with this kind of threat against the president,” tweeted one user.
“Are you threatening president Biden? because it sure sounds like it,” responded another user.
After widespread criticism, Fine followed-up with a second tweet, essentially claiming that the backlash to his initial tweet was merely fueled by Democrats’ purported desire to confiscate all privately-owned guns and end the Second Amendment.
“The reaction exposes the lie of the left that they just want ‘common sense gun control.’ They want one thing and one thing only – gun confiscation and an end to the 2A – and the notion that Americans will exercise their right to fight them makes them go crazy. Boo hoo,” he said.
Fine again addressed his tweets in an interview with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, saying that he had never intended to threaten the president, but instead merely wished to convey the feelings of gun owners throughout the country.
“No, no…I’m not even talking about myself,” Fine said, denying that he had issued a threat against Biden. “People need to understand the history of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment was created to protect people from an overarching government, and when the government says ‘we’re going to come after you, and we’re going to treat you the way the Chinese treat their citizens, we’re going to take away your ability to protect yourself from an overarching government,’ people are going to be upset.”