This past Sunday, a Democratic California lawmaker and a leading advocate and expert for gun control mistook a thrown-out empty packaging of a BB gun as having been the packaging for a real deal firearm. He then proceeded to rush to social media in an attempt to stir the masses with the recount of his “disturbing” experience.
The man of the hour, David Chiu is a California State Assemblymember. He was mocked viciously over Twitter after his posting of a photo of what he called the “discarded packaging of a semi-automatic” but it was, in fact, just the packaging for a Glock 19 semi-automatic airsoft BB gun.
Remember not to litter your BB Gun packages folks, A California Assemblyman might see it and start grandstanding pic.twitter.com/cqmu5CeNtT
— 🌺 The Lost Legionnaire 🌺 (@SaltyCenturion) May 23, 2021
In his tweet, which he has since deleted (probably out of shame), Chio wrote: “Finding the discarded packaging of a semi-automatic on a leisurely weekend walk was disturbing, particularly during this month’s surge of gun violence in San Francisco.”
The discarded packaging for this so-called gun even had the word “airgun” printed on it, as so many Twitter users were quick as an arrow to point out while laughing.
Chiu is the representative of the 17th Assembly District, which includes the eastern side of San Francisco where gun violence has spiked in recent weeks. 87 people have been shot in gun violence so far this year as opposed to 35 in the same amount of time last year, as reported by police data.
Representative Chiu quickly deleted his tweet and tried to just ignore and dismiss the criticism of his mistake stated that the BB gun can “cause injury” and putting extreme phasis on the city’s increasing gun violence problem.
“I deleted an earlier tweet that misidentified a Glock 19 air pistol,” wrote Chiu. “While not a semi-automatic, it’s still disturbing to see remnants of a weapon that can cause injury, especially in an area where young kids play and while we are dealing with a surge of gun violence in SF.”
Chiu has been a massive leading advocate for stricter gun control throughout California’s state legislature and has been included in the writing of several pieces of legislature that seek to push the manufacturers of guns to start “microstamping,” a method used to trace bullets, but one that the manufacturer’s state is a completely “unworkable technology.” The method in question starts by making microscopic marks that identify which gun the cartridges were fired from for the sole purpose of making it easier to track and identify the owner of the gun who fired the round.
Despite what the manufacturers say about it being unworkable, Chiu touts that “microstamping is a commonsense, crime-solving tool.”
The gun manufacturers even gave the logical argument that any identifying marks from microstamping could be easily removed in the same way by criminals as they do on guns by filing off the serial numbers. They also state that the marks could even just wear away over time with the regular normal use of the gun itself.