A Republican congressman displayed his handgun on a table during a discussion with some of his constituents Friday morning.
According to The Post and Courier, Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., pulled out his .38-caliber Smith & Wesson and kept it on a table for several minutes as he spoke with voters during a "coffee with constituents" meeting that focused on gun violence.
Norman told the newspaper he was trying to show that guns are not dangerous unless they're in the hands of a criminal.
"I'm tired of these liberals jumping on the guns themselves as if they are the cause of the problem," Norman said. "Guns are not the problem.
"I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords. I don't mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I'm shooting back."
Lori Freemon from the gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said Norman was out of line.
"I had looked forward to a respectful dialogue with my representative about common-sense gun violence prevention policies," Freemon told The Post and Courier. "Instead, I felt unsafe when he insisted on showing us his loaded gun and keeping it out on the table for much of our conversation."
The paper reported that the weapon was loaded, although it was unclear whether or not it was in a holster.
Calls for gun control have ramped up since the Feb. 17 shooting massacre at a Florida high school, which left 14 children and three adults dead.
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