An Arizona Republican who is running for US Senate, Blake Masters, said this week in an interview that he blames most of America’s gun violence on “Black people, frankly.”
Masters, appearing in an interview on the “Jeff Oravitz Show,” a conservative podcast, spoke about what he believes is driving the gun violence epidemic in the United States. “It’s gangs. It’s people in Chicago [and] St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly,” Masters said. He added, “Democrats don’t want to do anything about that.”
Later in the interview, Masters went on to say Democrats “don’t like the Second Amendment” because “it frankly blocks a lot of their plans for us.” Masters accused Democrats of being “light on crime,” adding: “What they mean by gun control is disarming you and me. I’m sure occasionally a ghost gun—a homemade firearm—is used in crime, but it’s pretty rare…usually, it’s just a black-market handgun.”
He continued, “What they do when they ban things like ghost guns, when they ban things like pistol braces, which they’re trying to do, that’s all about disarming law-abiding people.”
Masters has made controversial statements before, once likening the Democrats’ desire for gun safety measures to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, saying the first thing the Taliban did when it took over was take guns away from citizens.
Masters was endorsed by former president Donald Trump last month, and has been hailed as “the future of the Republican party” by conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Trump praised Masters for his claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent. “Blake knows that the “Crime of the Century” took place, he will expose it and also, never let it happen again,” Trump said in a statement.
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