By Erica Abbott
Did Kentucky Senator Rand Paul tweet about the Second Amendment and how its purpose is “to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical”? Yes and no. It is true that, last year, Paul tweeted a quote from Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News judicial analyst and columnist, however, it appears to have been originally shared by a staffer, not Paul himself.
According to Snopes, many on social media took Paul’s one-year-old tweet out of context in the wake of a gunman opening fire at a congressional baseball game practice in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning—injuring at least five people. Some claimed that Paul’s tweet incited violence and actually encouraged people to use the Second Amendment to harm a “tyrannical” government. Many failed to acknowledge, however, that the tweet was simply quoting Judge Napolitano, not prompting people to use it for any nefarious purpose.
.@Judgenap: Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 23, 2016
Paul’s communications director Sergio Gor told BuzzFeed News that the tweet was sent during a lecture series last year. “Senator Paul never said those words,” he explained. “The tweet you reference was part of live tweeting of someone else’s speech and it was done by a staffer.” While the quote did appear on Paul’s account, he did not send it.
The senator, who was reportedly standing just outside the baseball field at the time of the shooting, saw Representative Steve Scalise wounded in the Alexandria shooting. Scalise remains in critical condition. In a statement shared to Twitter on Wednesday, Paul said:
As you have likely heard a gunman with a rifle opened fire on Congressmen, Senators, staff and police this morning. I was there and am shaken but unharmed. Many people likely would have died this morning if not for the bravery of the Capitol Police. My thanks to them are inadequate but heartfelt. They never hesitated to put their lives on the line to save everyone. Please pray for those for all those who were injured.
President Donald Trump later condemned the attack and visited Scalise in the hospital.
Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape – but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
See how social media reacted to Paul’s nearly one-year-old tweet below:
Social Media Reacts to Rand Paul Tweet in Wake of Alexandria Shooting
This has not aged well, Senator. https://t.co/j37MOwPB0l
— Bradley P. Moss, Esq (@BradMossEsq) June 14, 2017
The government is a group of human beings. Just thought you might want a reminder of that. https://t.co/Bi5aBspnz5
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) June 15, 2017
well, this tweet aged like yogurt behind the radiator https://t.co/O5UZa5iBB4
— sick transit, gloria (@samknight1) June 14, 2017
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