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GOP Lawmaker Goes Down In Flames Defending The NRA On MSNBC — Watch:

Appearing on MSNBC Sunday, Republican congressman Matt Gaetz (Florida) suffered a complete meltdown after host Joy Reid pressed him about his knowledge of gun laws and the history of restrictions on weapons.

During the interview, Gaetz (R-FL) pressed for “multipliers of force” on school campuses who engage in crossfire with potential shooters as a way to make schools safer.

Gaetz said he had strong support in his district for the NRA, telling host Reid that Florida is a pro-NRA state with a membership of over a million, only to have the host correct him and inform him that NRA only boasts 300,000 members in his state. That turned into a shouting match as the discussion quickly spiraled into chaos.

“How many people live in Florida ?” Reid asked.

“20 million,” the Florida lawmaker replied.

“So 300,000 people in Florida are ruling over and making laws for 20 million people,” Reid shot back.

“It’s not just the membership of the NRA,” Gaetz deflected. “There’s countless people beyond dues-paying members of the NRA who support the NRA.”

The conversation moved onto arming teachers, with Gaetz maintaining a well-armed collection of former soldiers like those who served in Fallujah could be stationed at schools which, in turn, stunned Reid.

“You want to turn our schools into Fallujah?” she asked, setting off another round of talking over each other.

“Have you ever taken live fire?” Reid pressed.

“No, I’ve not taken live fire,” Gaetz replied after first saying he had.

“You’ve never been in a situation where somebody is shooting at you,” Reid lectured, “but you’re interpreting in your expertise, as somebody who has never been in law enforcement and never had anyone shoot at you, that a teacher should be equipped to fire back at a mass shooter who is prepared to die, who has acquired a weapon that is just below an M-16, you’ve never experienced that live fire.”

Watch the full interview in the videos below via MSNBC.

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