Republican North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd owns a gun shop. That’s his business. In 2016, the race for the 13th congressional district was a mini-version of the national GOP primary for president; 17 people ran. Budd, who has zero political experience, ran and won (via Charlotte Observer):
Budd’s lack of political experience seemed to work the same magic it has for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The conservative Club for Growth Action invested $500,000 in TV spots that helped Budd beat his closest rival by a nearly two-to-one margin.
he Observer added that even Budd’s Democratic opponent at the time, Bruce Davis, was also a Second Amendment supporter, expert shooter, Marine Corps veteran, but one who supported the constitutionally questionable no-fly, no buy law and expanded background checks.
In 2018, things are a bit different, notably how one of Budd’s potential Democratic opponents thinks that him owning a gun shop and offering defense and shooting courses is training mass shooters at his business.
Since @RepTedBudd is removing traces of his extremism, let it be documented on my Twitter he may be training mass shooters at his stores in NC. Tactile training is not gun safety. It is lethal training. My Rep sells AR’s and then provides “training” #StockpilingRep
— Adam Coker (@AdamFromNC) March 29, 2018
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