Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas’ speech defending Second Amendment rights drew fire from Democrats.
A Republican candidate for Senate in Virginia, whose powerful speech defending our Second Amendment rights went viral over the weekend, is calling for Democrats to stop being obstructionists and using the Parkland shooting tragedy to go after law abiding citizens guns.
Nick Freitas, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates who is one of several Republicans running to take on Sen. Tim Kaine (R-Va.), spoke Friday on the Virginia House floor, slamming Democrats for suggesting that people who hold pro-Second Amendment views are “Nazis” or “segregationists” who have blood on their hands in the wake of the Florida high school shooting, Fox News reported.
“If we want to have an open and honest debate, I’m all for that. Let’s do that. But it does start with a certain degree of mutual respect,” Freitas said. “It starts with a certain degree of not assuming that the only reason we believe in the Second Amendment is because the NRA paid us off. Well, if that’s the sort of logic you want to use, why don’t you go take a look at how much money the NRA spends and how much money Planned Parenthood spends?”
He posted a video of his remarks on his Facebook page on Friday, and it has already racked up more than 13 million views.
For several days now, some Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates have made public speeches comparing those of us who take our oath to the Constitution seriously, to include the 2nd Amendment, to Nazis and segregationists. This is my response:
Posted by Nick Freitas on Friday, March 2, 2018
Fox News reports:
He noted that some Democrats walked out during his speech, and Del. Joseph Lindsey (D-Norfolk) said many people were “emotionally shaken” by Freitas’ words.
“More and more, offense is used as a weapon with which to turn away debate,” Freitas said. “And I’m not going to accept that.”
He said he intended no offense and he’s open to meeting with his colleagues across the aisle to discuss how they can better work together.
“We have to be honest about what’s really going on in our schools and going on in our communities. And I’m not going to accept this false narrative that constantly gets thrown at Republicans and conservatives because we support Second Amendment rights,” Freitas said.