“If you want to get a gun, you got to have hands up, and you got a lot of people that don’t want to do that, you can get a firearm.
You don’t have to be violent, but you can be disruptive,” Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., told The Huffington Post in an interview last week.
“I think that’s why the Second Amendment was written so broadly, so people could exercise their Second Amendment rights and get out and do their job, and if they want to exercise their rights and don’t kill, you know, you don’t need to be a vigilante.
That’s not a threat to the public.
You can do it in your own time and your own home.
That is a peaceful thing to do.”
Lieu’s comment drew the ire of some gun rights advocates.
On Wednesday, Lieu tweeted that he was not defending the NRA and the gun industry, but rather was just trying to remind people that the Second, Amendment, protects “everybody from the government not killing.”
“I don’t think I’m defending the gun companies.
I’m trying to get the message across that there are people who don’t support the NRA, who don