WATCH: GOP candidate Chris Christie blows up at Iowa voter who challenged his pro-gun record
Just days after a gunman opened fire on a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater, killing two and injuring nine, Republican presidential contender and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got into “who’s more pro-gun” argument with a guns-rights activist, the Des Moines Register reports.
“I’m still waiting for one fact from you, one fact about me being anti-gun,” Christie said during an Iowa speech. “Give me one. One fact. Got one?”
Christie boasted that he vetoed a statewide gun owner identification program, a .50 caliber ban and a law that would reduce magazine sizes from 15 to 10, the Huffington Post reports.
“If you want debate me, run for president, get in the top 10 and come to Fox in Cleveland on August 6 and I’d be happy to debate you,” he berated the man.
Christie is currently ranked #9 in the top 10 Republican candidates, according to RealClearPolitics.com.
When the man, who didn’t identify himself, brought up a campaign ad from 1995 in which Christie criticizes an opponent for wanting to repeal an assault rifle ban in his state, Christie said he has changed his mind in the intervening 20 years.
According to the Washington Post, there have been 204 mass shootings in the United States in 2015 — and the Lafayette theater shooting was the 204th. As of publishing of that report, 204 days had gone by in the calendar year, meaning there was an average one mass shooting per day. Per the Post:
These shootings have become so common that they typically don’t even make national news. Do you remember the four people shot in Cincinnati earlier this month? How about the seven in Cleveland, or the nine in Fort Wayne? Unless you live in these areas, you probably didn’t even hear about them.
Despite a history of mental illness, in which he became “erratic” if he didn’t take medication, Louisiana theater shooter John Russell “Rusty” Houser bought a semi-automatic firearm legally at a pawn shop in Alabama, according to Al Jazeera America.
Houser was able to obtain the weapon via a “private sale loophole” that doesn’t require sellers to do a background check on buyers, AJA reports.
On Thursday, Houser opened fire during a screening of the Amy Schumer movie “Trainwreck,” killing two young women and injuring nine others.
Watch Christie debate the man, via the Des Moines Register, here: