North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr has come under fire after privately ‘joking’ about putting a bullseye on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, CNN reported Monday.
In audio obtained by CNN, Burr says: “Nothing made me feel any better than when I walked into a gun shop, I think, yesterday … and there was a copy of Rifleman [magazine] on the counter. It’s got a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it. I was a little bit shocked at that ― it didn’t have a bullseye on it.”
The casual reference to taking literal aim at Clinton resembles similar ones made by Donald Trump in August when the GOP nominee said “Second Amendment people” could take matters into their own hands if Clinton became president.
Burr also bragged at the Saturday event about his own efforts to keep judicial seats unfilled. He boasted about being behind the “longest judicial vacancy in history,” referring to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina that’s been empty for 3,957 days, or more than 10 years. Burr has refused to move forward with nominees to the seat as long as President Barack Obama is in the White House. In the meantime, the court is so overwhelmed with caseloads it’s become a judicial emergency.
Burr said he would maintain that obstruction, including for the Supreme Court, should he be re-elected.
“If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court,” he said.
As Huffington Post reports, Anti-gun violence groups said they were appalled by Burr’s comments, and linked him to Trump, for whose campaign Burr serves as a national security adviser. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence went further, saying Burr should quit.