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Did Rep. Duncan Compare Gun Background Checks to Rwandan Genocide?

Statement came on Facebook this morning.

UPDATED: The story now includes Duncan's spokesperson's response. 

Amid the Congressional debate on background checks related to the purchase and acquisition of guns, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R - 3), appeared to compare such measures to the cause of the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s.

In a lengthy post on his House Facebook page this morning the second-term Republican said that the Second Amendment should be defended as vigorously as all the others. 

He also said that prior to the genocide in Rwanda, "Tutsi tribe members were required to register their address with the Hutu government and that this database was used to locate Tutsi for slaughter at the hands of the Hutu."

According to Human Rights Watch more than 500,000 people were killed in the slaughter.

Duncan has been a vocal defender of gun rights, inviting gun manufacturers in states that have passed strict gun laws to relocate to South Carolina.

Duncan's full Facebook statement is attached to this article.

Allen Klump, Duncan's spokesperson, told Patch that he was referring to the use of national databases, not background checks, in his post. Klump cited the portion of Duncan's post that said, "I use this example to warn that national databases can be used with evil consequences."

Duncan's full Facebook statement is attached to this article.

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Ken April 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Why is it that the republicans are ALWAYS on the wrong side of reason and common sense on issues like this?
Amy Lazenby April 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Is Rep. Duncan not aware that the compromise amendment on expanded background checks that Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced Wednesday expressly bans the federal government from establishing a registry of gun owners, even though that has already been the law - the Firearm Owners Protection Act- since 1986? People who might misuse records for the purpose of creating a registry would face felony charges and up to 15 years in prison under the FOPA. This law regularly stops law enforcement attempts to build a registry of firearms. Theoretically, Congress could pass a law that changed this and legalized gun registration in a national database, but that's not part of the bill that is up for debate, which, again, expressly forbids such a registry. It is also highly unlikely, given the current political climate, that such a law would even pass. Given this, I have to wonder if Rep. Duncan is aware of the content of the legislative package that is coming up for debate.
Rich39 April 12, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Rep. Duncan should be investigated. He's hiding something. Only crooks, dishonest people are against back ground checks.
Casper Johnson April 12, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Wow sheep follow the flock with wool over your eyes and in your ears don't speak they will cut out your tounge be a good boy go over there and shoot as many random people as you can its the military way lead through force obey without question or consideration yet you wish to take our guns and allow that same government which holds tyranny on so many other poor countries too poor to arm themselves make them fight to declaw us and have us defenseless the second amendment, is there for a reason yes we need to work on the mental ability of people owning guns but do not punish the law abiding citizen so a criminal can still get the illegally while we are left with muskets allow your government to make you fear guns when guns can be controlled your government cannot soldier of Zeitgeist
Casper Johnson April 12, 2013 at 06:26 AM
And how is it so hard to believe someone using your information to their gain Google is selling your information now so is apple using your music and buying habits to send you to over priced products to continue the parasitic way of economy we all enjoy spend spend spend use use use consumption after consumption you waste you whine you raise terrible kids who are the ones going crazy and you increase taxes on the lower class Aero Smith said it best eat the rich Soldier of Zeitgeist
Casper Johnson April 12, 2013 at 07:05 AM
I hope we get open carry let our motives of being one as mankind and stopping oppression and hate through numbers and intent sheer numbers will relate the force capable no need to roll over stand up and control your own actions wisely but a country with no guns goes up in stabbing blunt objects fake suicide and plenty of other stupid things that's part of the human nature we need to evolve Soldier of Zeitgeist
Chris Kapeghian April 12, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Of course he’s aware of it. When building a fantasy you have to know what reality looks like first. He can continue to lie to his constituents and use the best excuse. “Who are you going to believe, me r your lying eyes?”
Sue Willis April 15, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Casper - please don't post anymore until you figure out what a period is.

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