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Congressman Makes ‘Knife Control’ Joke On Sandy Hook Anniversary

CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS/RAINIER EHRHARDT
CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS/RAINIER EHRHARDT

Three years ago, when 20 first-graders were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary school, the tragedy reignited the national fight over gun control. Little has changed since then, despite hundreds of mass shootings and calls for reform. And on the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) took to Twitter to mock the calls for stricter gun laws.

On Monday morning, CNN tweeted about a teacher in Paris who was stabbed by an ISIS sympathizer. In response, Duncan tweeted, “I doubt France will respond by demanding more knife control.” When critics pointed out that his comments were insensitive, the Congressman doubled-down.

Duncan was presumably referring to the latest push for gun law reform that came after two terrorists shot and killed in 14 people in San Bernardino. The shooting was the largest one since Sandy Hook and, according to Mass Shooting Tracker, the 353th this year. As he has done after every major shooting this year, President Obama urged lawmakers to embrace common-sense gun safety laws.

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Duncan has long criticized gun control advocates, including the President, and proposed reforms. In 2013, he compared the establishment of a national gun registry — which 88 percent of the country supports — to the Rwandan genocide. After the San Bernardino massacre, he also used social media to slam gun-free zones. He also wrote that Sandy Hook would not have been stopped by “expanded background checks and gun show requirements.”

More than 550 children under the age of 12 have been shot and killed since Sandy Hook. No gun regulations have been passed by the federal government.

Duncan has received $2000 from the NRA, for his 2016 congressional race. He has received $10,500 since his first campaign in 2010.