Democratic Rep. Fears For Safety After Opposing NRA, Says He Receives Threats To ‘Watch His Back’
Representative Rick Nolan (D-MN), an advocate for gun safety, told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Saturday that he has never before feared for his security, but now, he’s quite worried. “We’ve been getting a lot of not very thinly veiled threats and calls into my office,” he said. “Things like, ‘you tell Nolan he better watch his back.'”
Nolan made clear that “nobody has actually come out and said they’re gunning” for him, but the messages have become “angry” and “vitriolic.” He says he’s become “nervous” about it and laments the “toxic” effect the NRA is having on the American public.
While Nolan was running for office, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre toured his district and told voters Nolan would “take your guns away.” This was “not true,” Nolan added.
“I’m a big Second Amendment supporter,” he said. “I hunt. I fish. We have guns. Everybody in our family and our neighborhood has guns. So I think there’s been a big change in the national sentiment. Those who were timid about maybe supporting gun control but were afraid politically need to get over it.”
He concluded that people do “want some controls” and that we “can’t just allow this kind of gun violence to continue without trying to do something.”
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