A South Carolina Republican was condemned by Twitter users when he made a crack about gun control on the anniversary of the mass shooting in Sandy Hook — and he made things worse for himself by trying to defend his remark.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) — who has received $10,500 from the NRA since his first campaign, including $2,000 for his 2016 re-election campaign — said he doubted France would call for “knife control” after a teacher claimed he was stabbed by a man shouting about the Islamic State, reported Think Progress.
— Matt (@mattaccount) December 14, 2015
He was met almost immediately with criticism.
@RepJeffDuncan 1 injured, 0 dead. Compare that to mass shootings, dipshit
— Mr Online Tony (@ItsTonyNow) December 14, 2015
@RepJeffDuncan Show some class. You’re a Congressman. You’re an embarrassment to the USA.
— Alfred Sandy (@AlfredSandy) December 14, 2015
— B. Justice (@zefirotorna) December 14, 2015
As it turned out, investigators believe the man faked the attack and actually stabbed himself with a boxcutter, although authorities in France aren’t sure why.
@RepJeffDuncan Correction. Self-inflicted injuries. Good look, Congressman.
— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) December 14, 2015
.@RonLPitts now you’re changing the timeline of what occurred. I tweeted about it right after CNN. Glad it wasn’t an act of terror.
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) December 14, 2015