House GOPer compares gun registry to Rwandan genocide

Rep. Jeff Duncan warns of the “evil consequences” of gun control

Published April 12, 2013 6:51PM (EDT)

 Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.           (Facebook/RepJeffDuncan)
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. (Facebook/RepJeffDuncan)

Rep. Jeff Duncan, previously seen saying executive action on gun control would be reminiscent of a dictatorship, has now argued that a national gun registry has “evil consequences,” comparing it to genocide in Rwanda.

"The 2nd Amendment is (or should be) equal to the 1st Amendment and the 4th Amendment and all of the others," Duncan, a Republican from South Carolina, wrote in a Facebook post. "Ask yourselves why it is under attack? Ask yourselves about a National gun registry database and how that might be used and why it is so wanted by progressives."

He continued:

Read about the Rwandan genocide, the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. Read that all Tutsi tribe members were required to register their address with the Hutu government and that this database was used to locate Tutsi for slaughter at the hands of the Hutu. Since the government had the names and addresses of nearly all Tutsis living in Rwanda (remember, each Rwandan had an identity card that labeled them Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa) the killers could go door to door, slaughtering the Tutsis.

When asked whether it was an appropriate comparison, Duncan's spokesman told Politico: “I think the congressman wrote rather extensively on this topic. I believe if anyone reads what he wrote in its entirety, it’s absolutely clear he was addressing concerns with a national gun registry. He also makes clear why he used that example.”

By Jillian Rayfield

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