Virginia gubernatorial candidate Democrat Terry McAuliffe falsely insinuated it is easier to buy a gun than it is to vote.
“Call me crazy, but I think it should be easier to vote than it should be to buy a gun,” McAuliffe tweeted Tuesday morning.
Call me crazy, but I think it should be easier to vote than it should be to buy a gun.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) July 6, 2021
McAullife’s lie is presumably supposed to draw attention to election integrity measures by Republicans meant to curb fraud but ignores how Democrats used the COVID-19 pandemic to lift some election security provisions and mail ballots without justification.
It also ignores how nearly half of the country’s states have same-day voter registration, a luxury not afforded to those who try to purchase a gun and receive a delayed background check due to tedious, bureaucratic regulations placed on the firearm industry.
McAuliffe is just one of the many Democrats who have repeated this gun lie to push an agenda. In a viral video in March, Sen. Alex Padilla claimed that “we make it easier to buy a gun than we do to cast a ballot,” a lie that warranted several fact checks.
Sen. Padilla: "In a majority of states, new voters are able to obtain a rifle quicker than they're able to cast their first ballot. It seems to me we have our priorities entirely backwards when it comes to this — when we make it easier to buy a gun than we do to cast a ballot." pic.twitter.com/W87OCNCkJ0
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 23, 2021
McAuliffe’s tweet gained traction on Twitter where users expressed their outrage at the “brazen, vicious, and completely discrediting lie.”
“Democrats such as McAuliffe get away with lying like this because the corrupt media that control discourse are propagandists who protect them every day,” Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway tweeted.
A brazen, vicious, and completely discrediting lie to suggest it's easier to purchase a gun in Virginia than to vote. Democrats such as McAuliffe get away with lying like this because the corrupt media that control discourse are propagandists who protect them every day. https://t.co/aXXg74KpnK
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 6, 2021
Call me crazy, but I think we should be able to keep using debunked talking points w/o having to pay expensive campaign consultants to create new ones https://t.co/cc841NWloF
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 6, 2021
Others were quick to point out that it already is easier to vote than buy a gun.
“It already is, and even you know that, but you also know that your lapdogs in the media will run your BS for clicks regardless of the facts because your ideologies are the same,” Donald Trump Jr. commented. “Rinse and repeat… it’s the dem platform in a nutshell.”
It already is, and even you know that, but you also know that your lap dogs in the media will run your BS for clicks regardless of the facts because your ideologies are the same. Rinse and repeat… it’s the dem platform in a nutshell. https://t.co/uM9Ws4QPrh
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 6, 2021
If this is true, then why have I not gotten my gun in the mail yet? https://t.co/Uo10mXHs7t
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 6, 2021
It already is https://t.co/wp0JNhd2qY
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 6, 2021
You’re crazy if you think it is. https://t.co/ZsWieFzplC
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 6, 2021
It absolutely is.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) July 6, 2021
Please let me know when they’ll mail a gun directly to me because I’d love that
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) July 6, 2021