Gizmodo must have thought it had a great scoop the other day when it discovered video (from CNN) showing gun rights advocate Sen. Ted Cruz carrying his shotgun “backwards” while pheasant hunting. Talking Points Memo picked up on the story as well, also accusing Cruz of holding his shotgun backwards.
Wonkette didn’t publish its piece on Cruz and his disregard for gun safety until today, likely because executive editor Kaili Joy Gray managed to wring out more than 900 words to author a post entitled, “Ted Cruz Doesn’t Care If He ‘Accidentally’ Blows Off Someone’s Head With A Shotgun.”
— Wonkette (@Wonkette) November 5, 2015
It’s that same photo we saw yesterday, of “Cruz demonstrating how to ‘accidentally’ kill someone, maybe in that farmhouse not far behind him. Oops, bang bang, sorry, kid — you’re dead.”
“Anyone who has had even a second of firearm safety training can recite the rules for you,” continues Gray, who then links to Gizmodo’s piece as the definitive authority on safe firearms handling.
Shotgun is "broken." It couldn't shoot regardless of how many trigger pulls or shells were in breech https://t.co/RqPfwITwwL
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 5, 2015
Wow, Cruz is such a numbskull he managed to break a shotgun while hunting! Time for a scathing follow-up post.
@Wonkette …you do know what the break action part of the break action shot gun is, right?
— Yoenis Cespedes (@AppFlyer) November 5, 2015
— the real chris beck (@SubBeck) November 5, 2015
— TheDirtySwamp (@Olmanswamp) November 5, 2015
@Wonkette Um, it can't fire like that. It's a breech-loading weapon that can't fire when the breech is open. It's also not loaded.
— Terry Miller (@mrmiller1972) November 5, 2015
How can you guys keep making the same boneheaded claims after NOTHING but ridicule every time?
— Jim (@Ifitsthisname) November 5, 2015
@Wonkette Action open, same as safety. Try again.
— Don Alexander (@huacotreehugger) November 5, 2015
@Wonkette I'm not sure you guys are journalists, but maybe try it out before you tweet something you know nothing about. Cruz is doing right
— Phyliss Walker (@pdkwalk) November 5, 2015