NH Lawmaker: Armed Uprising Possible If Scott Brown Elected

AP

One New Hampshire lawmaker is willing to go to extremes to prevent former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) from exerting his influence in the Granite State. 

Republican state Rep. JR Hoell told conservative blog Granite Grok that if Brown answers the call of Republicans trying to draft him into running against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), “firearms and ammo” may be necessary to protect the state from what he called Brown’s “RINO,” anti-gun policies.

“We’re not here to threaten anybody,” Hoell said in a podcast. “We’re here standing on our soapbox, as opposed to standing with our ammo box in hand, to make a point politically. The message needs to get out that Scott Brown does not represent New Hampshire.”

The lawmaker was referring to a gun owners’ rally scheduled to take place across the street from a New Hampshire GOP fundraiser Thursday in Nashua, which Brown is expected to headline. Hoell cited Brown’s support for a federal assault weapons ban while he served as a Massachusetts senator as evidence he doesn’t represent the interests of the state.

“If things continue the way they are, there may be a day or a time where firearms and ammo are necessary,” he continued. “It happened in the Revolutionary War. I’d like to think we’re not there yet, but as things continue to unravel, that may be the next step.”

[h/t Huffington Post]

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