On Thursday, Baltimore Mayor Catherine
Phew Pugh — a Democrat — falsely claimed on Twitter that the National Rifle Association (NRA) actually supports the private ownership of rocket launchers. Moreover, she used the false claim in an email raising funds for her campaign.
“As of today, we removed over 1800 guns and 1 rocket launcher from the streets of
#Baltimore. And yet the @NRA thinks somehow rocket launchers are good for Baltimore. Perhaps a name change is in order: The National Rocket Association,” she said on Twitter.
As of today we removed over 1800 guns and 1 rocket launcher from the streets of #Baltimore. And yet the @NRA thinks somehow rocket launchers are good for Baltimore. Perhaps a name change is in order: The National Rocket Association. @Everytown
— Mayor Catherine Pugh (@MayorPugh50) December 22, 2018
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) December 19, 2018
According to the Blaze:
The Baltimore Police Department’s latest gun buyback program — which is intended to reduce the number of unregistered weapons on the city’s streets — turned up a rocket launcher.
An actual rocket launcher.
Guidelines for the buyback included $25 for high-capacity magazines, $100 for revolvers and bolt-action or pump-action weapons, and $200 for semi-automatic weapons, according to the Baltimore Sun. The city also offered $500 for fully automatic weapons.
The rocket launcher reportedly fetched $500, though it wasn’t fully automatic.
Phew Pugh sent out a fundraising letter using the patently false claim as posted by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton:
Mayor Pugh’s campaign is touting the $500 the city paid for an inoperable rocket launcher during the gun buyback event and is using it to raise election money pic.twitter.com/xTsgAcgiFu
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) December 21, 2018
Reaction on social media was pretty much what you’d expect:
🤦🏻♀️I’m so looking forward to when my lease is up in May and I can move out of this God-forsaken city.
— Elizabeth Walcott (@lizwalcott) December 22, 2018
I do agree that trained personnel should only purchasing weapons that are operational or can be made operational, not spent-single-use launchers and non-operational-junk guns. One can buy a new gun for what the City paid for that big paperweight.
— leoB (@noirhombre) December 25, 2018
At least one person upgraded their weaponry at taxpayer expense. pic.twitter.com/FwMCIVR5Wl
— Dr. Michael Hepner (@DrHepner) December 26, 2018
— Ryan Patrick ???????? ???? (@PromotinLiberty) December 27, 2018
She can also explain why Baltimore can't air-condition the schools but had the money to send kids to DC for the "March For Our Lives"https://t.co/pzH7RQ337V
— scribeofsolomon (@scribeofsolomon) December 28, 2018
Where is proof that the @NRA has endorsed rocket launchers? I want quotes from them.
— rebecca mccaleb (@beckymccaleb) December 27, 2018
Well, no one ever accused Mayor
Phew Pugh of being very smart…
The Blaze said it “…found zero evidence that the NRA endorses, encourages, or otherwise advocates private ownership or use of rocket launchers by civilians.”
There is a reason for that—–because they don’t.
Phew Pugh will do anything she can, to slander the NRA and its 5,000,000 law-abiding gun owners. If Phew can’t be trusted to be honest about law-abiding Americans, then how can she be believed about anything? Baltimore voters should realize that their mayor is a LIAR.