It’s been 25 years since the last mass shooting in Australia. Australia banned several weapons and put into place options, including a firearm “buyback” plan, to turn in weapons for amnesty. Australia decided: no more. As a result, this August, Australia celebrated their 25-year stretch of living without fear of a school shooting or other horrific large-scale attack. How does Madison Cawthorn respond?

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Australians, and Americans in Australia, were left wondering: What the hell is this guy talking about? What he is talking about are new restrictions placed on Australian citizens to protect them from COVID. This seems to imply that if only Australian residents had guns, they would be eager to go to their government and start murdering people to overthrow their government. Now, it is rather odd to have a U.S. Representative indicate that the violent overthrow of a government—any government—is something they want to encourage, but here we are in 2021.

Australians, though, and others weren’t having any of this, at all.

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It appears if you attempt to overthrow another government or point out how great guns are in our own environment, and you do so in such a wildly cryptic manner that not only will no one get you right away, but that you will embarrass yourself along the way.

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