Brad Staats, Republican running for Congress in Tennessee, posted a picture of his gun on his Facebook page last Friday, September 28th, with this choice comment attached (gun image first, then comment):

Many people in Tennessee keep asking me about my opinion on Second Amendment rights. Apparently Tennesseans are part of that crazy crowd that Obama says “cling to their religion and guns.” Well, then I must be part of that crazy crowd. Here is something that I usually have with me. Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama, where we appreciate our 2nd Amendment rights and the Constitution that was wisely given to us by our founding fathers.

Of course, he walked his comment back when questioned by local reporters for The Tennessean, and said that of course he wasn’t threatening the President and Commander-in-Chief. How could anyone get that idea? And plus his picture and comment was taken way out of context. He also blamed the media for reporting about his Facebook post without mentioning he was only trying to remind people about a UN treaty regarding the illicit trade in small arms which he says interferes with the 2nd amendnment rights of US citizens, doncha know.

To which The Tennessean had this response:

The original Facebook post made no mention of the treaty, although Staats said during the interview that it was prompted by that pact. A United Nations news release on Sept. 7 said the international organization’s Review Conference on Illicit Small Arms Trade had renewed its “commitment to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade” of small arms and light weapons.

I’m sure in his own reality Mr. Staats isn’t telling a flat out lie. Because Republicans never do that. Just ask the Romney campaign.

I mean why would a man who insinuates President Obama and people in his administration are “traitors” (in another Facebook post that shared a link to a video on Monday — though it appears Mr. Staats has now changed or removed that comment originally quoted by The Tennessean below) possibly suggest that he meant for anyone to think President Obama is fair game for target practice?

“Is our current administration filled with traitors? Is our president a traitor? Is Barak Hussein Obama qualified to be president? Watch this EXCELLENT video and tell me. Remember, to our knowledge, Jim Cooper has signed off on every major piece of legislation that the current administration has proposed, even after he said he would not. Thank you Mr. Cooper* …”

Nah, he must be telling the truth.

* Congressman Jim Cooper is Staats’s opponent in the 5th Congressional district in Tennessee.

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