Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) appears in a new video intended to promote the Arizona gun store Shooter’s World -- but as the @PatriotTakes Twitter account points out, it is filled with firearm safety violations.
@PatriotTakes helpfully outlines the major rules of safe firearms usage for people who don't shoot: "Treat all firearms as if they are loaded; control the muzzle at all times; keep your finger off the trigger until you’ve made a conscious decision to shoot; be sure of your target and it’s surroundings."
The account then gets to work documenting all of the violations of these basic principles that Cawthorn and his partners make in the video, starting with one of Cawthorn firing his weapon while still rolling in his wheelchair when another shooter is ahead of him in the line of shooting.
No one should ever be past the line of shooting, that means past anyone else shooting.\n\nIn this clip, Madison Cawthorn, while, yikes, still moving, is firing while another person is ahead of him.\n\nThe man in black is also shooting behind the man in gray. All safety violations.pic.twitter.com/3niKwR6jL1— PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1640377800
Cawthorn is again seen firing his weapon when another person is ahead of him and filming him with a phone camera.
The guy in the gray jacket filming has no business being there feet ahead of Madison Cawthorn as he shoots.\n\nThis may be the worse scene as Cawthorn muzzles the guy with a loaded handgun as he crossdraws and as he re-holsters.\n\nThis is absolutely unacceptable.pic.twitter.com/kl8sIxyMmc— PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1640381231
Things get even worse when one of the people filming the video directly walks in front of Cawthorn while he's holding a loaded weapon.
In this scene, the videographer captured this footage in front of a loaded rifle.\n\nThis is also totally and completely unacceptable.pic.twitter.com/SbSZDXl16s— PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1640382819
And @PatriotTakes' analysis concludes by noting that "the promotional video ends with Madison Cawthorn ahead of the line of shooting as a beginner shoots," which means that "he is placing himself in danger."
The promotional video ends with Madison Cawthorn ahead of the line of shooting as a beginner shoots. He is placing himself in danger.pic.twitter.com/mPDTXqFS3I— PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1640383594