Meet an Anti-Gun Senate Candidate: Herschel Walker
Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker opposes gun safety laws. He also has a history of reckless use of firearms.
Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for the US Senate seat in Georgia held by incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, is portraying himself as a staunch opponent of legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.
A former professional soccer player and contestant on former President Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ TV show, Walker’s campaign website promises he will fight new gun laws and to confirm “From constitutional judges to our courts that will protect our right to bear arms.”
Accompanied by a photo of the contestant wearing a MAGA-style red cap and aiming a rifle, Walker job a January 24 Facebook fundraising post: “I will ALWAYS defend the Second Amendment. No law-abiding American should NEVER be disenfranchised…our Constitution is NOT up for negotiation!!”
Warnock won the January 2021 special election runoff to serve out the remainder of Republican Senator Johnny Isakson’s unexpired term and is now seeking a full six-year term in November’s midterm elections.
Warnock has been approved by the organization Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, which hailed him as “a champion of gun safety in the Senate” who supported “legislation that would close the gaps in our gun laws that allow people who have committed domestic violence access to firearms, require background checks on all firearm sales, and secure funding for community violence initiatives and research on armed violence.
In June, the Democratic incumbent supported the bipartisan Community Safety Act, saying the compromise gun legislation included “common sense policies supported by a majority of Georgians and Americans.”
The Walker campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story, but a review of Walker’s past words and deeds show that he opposed any restrictions on guns, while adopting a dangerous behavior with his own firearms.
Believes universal background checks are unconstitutional
In a July 19 Press releaseWalker’s campaign attacked Warnock for his support of a bill that would mandate universal background checks on all gun buyers.
The statement called Holder “one of the leading advocates for gun control in the Senate” and said he “has been speaking out for years on the targeting of law-abiding citizens who legally own guns.” “. Ban of 2021 Act, and S. 529, the Background Check Expansion Act, two pieces of legislation that violate Georgia law. [sic] Second Amendment rights.”
A survey of Georgian adults conducted in July by SurveyUSA for NBC’s Atlanta affiliate, WXIA TV, found that 85% requiring all gun buyers to submit to a background check.
Dangerous handling of firearms
In 2015 Walker appeared on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” show and was asked if he had ever played Russian roulette, in which a person puts a single bullet into one of the chambers of a revolver, spins the barrel , places the gun against his head and pulls the trigger .
Walker replied that he had played it “more than once” before seeking mental health treatment. “If you came to my house and wanted to challenge me to anything – anything – I didn’t think you were worthy enough, because I train like crazy,” he explained.
“I still practice today, all the time. And I think some people just don’t put in the time. So I’d take a ball, put it in the cylinder, spin it and tell you some shoot,” Walker recounted. “People were like, ‘Herschel, you’re crazy.’ They’d walk away, I’d take that gun, put it to my head and break it.”
In a 2008 interview with ABC News about Walker’s diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder, his ex-wife Cindy Grossman alleged that he threatened her with a gun.
“We were talking and the next thing I knew,” she recounted, “he just raged and he took a gun and put it to my head.”
In a Interview with CNN that year, she said he repeatedly put a gun to her head and also threatened to cut her with knives.
Walker said he had no recollection of the incidents, but was “responsible for everything I did”.
A Atlanta Journal-June Constitution report on Walker’s false claims that he worked in law enforcement, also noted a police report documenting that Walker threatened to shoot officers when they responded to a domestic dispute call at his home in September 2001.
An AP story in February also noted the incident, adding that police confiscated a handgun from his vehicle and put Walker on a “caution list.”
Experts say there is no evidence that people with mental health issues are more likely to commit gun violence. But studies have shown that mass shootings often involve people with a history of domestic violence.
Walker does not appear for specifically responding to questions about his attitude to “red flag” laws, the Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation intended to temporarily disarm those deemed dangerous to themselves or others, but usually has opposite efforts “to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens to self-defense”.
Senate Republicans blocked efforts promulgate a national law of protection ordinance against extreme risks.
Proposal to spy on Internet users as a solution to gun violence
After the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on May 24 that killed 19 children and two adults, CNN asked Walker if he would support gun violence legislation.
“What I like to do is see it and everything. I like to see it,” he replied before walking away.
Two days later, in an interview with Fox News, Walker offered a the solution“What about having a department that can look at young men looking at women looking at social media. What about doing that, looking at things like that, and we can stop it that way. But yet they just want to keep talking about taking away your constitutional rights. And I think there are other things you need to look at.”
Prayer suggested as way to end mass shootings
In the same Fox News appearance on May 26, Walker suggested that prayer—rather than gun safety legislation—would curb mass shootings: “We need to get back to praying. People now think praying is wrong. is not bad. We have to pray for things like We have to keep going out and fighting, keep taking away your constitutional rights, and I think we can’t do that.
In a June 6 appearance at a church in Georgia, Walker again suggested prayer as a strategy to counter gun violence:
People want to erase God. You know, you hear people don’t want to talk about God. Even the other day, and I don’t want to get too political here, when the shooting happened in Texas, you heard all these people on television saying, Now I don’t want to hear nobody pray. That’s what we need is prayer. We’ve got to get back to prayer because we’ve come–we’ve come to this country where we’ve tried to get away from prayer. You know, we have, let’s be honest now, we have to blame ourselves because we raised our kids for everyone to get a trophy.
Opposed to bipartisan gun compromise – after backing idea and saying it didn’t go far enough
On June 12, a group of Republican and Democratic senators agreed to the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a compromise bill aimed at taking “common sense” steps to stem gun violence.
A day later, Walker rented the initial frame, saying, “But at this point, it’s just that—a frame. With those DC politicians, you always have to check the fine print.”
On June 28, he appeared on WDUN radio with conservative talk show host Martha Zoller. Asked about the passage of the “Second Amendment Restraints” bill, Walker praised it and said he wished it had gone even further:
Well I’m glad to see the Democrat and the Republican [sic] get together to do something with the second amendment. I don’t think he went far enough because he really didn’t address one of the real issues, I think, of mental health. I think it’s something very strong happening. And I think right now, just for them to come together, at least to address some of it is very important.
A day later, Walker’s spokesperson Mallory Blount tweeted“Herschel was referring to the mental health aspect of the bill not going far enough. He wouldn’t have voted for the bill.”
We need guns to protect us from our government
At a press conference on August 11, Walker was asked about the recent cancelation of Midtown Music, a music festival that had been slated for September at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, amid reports that organizers feared Georgia’s gun laws wouldn’t allow them to ban firearms from the festival.
Walker saidin remarks published by the Republican National Committee:
I don’t know much about it, but I would like to know a little more and I will contact you. But right now, I’m thinking right now with gun tracing and all that. I believe in the second amendment. You must have the right to bear arms, but not to shoot at your fellow citizen. The right to bear arms was against the government. We didn’t want the government to be out of our reach, which seems to be what we’re doing right now. Thus, the right to bear arms was to protect against the government.
Published with permission of the American Independent Foundation