Twitter users couldn’t help but mock Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh after she falsely claimed that the National Rifle Association (NRA) supported the use of personal rocket launchers.
The city of Baltimore has been participating in a gun buyback program to help reduce the number of firearms on the street in hopes that it will help to lower the dismal crime rates in the city.
Baltimore routinely lands toward the top of cities deemed “most dangerous” in the United States. The city sports the second highest homicide rate in the U.S., falling only behind St. Louis, Missouri.
To help curb this violence, the city partnered with the Baltimore Police Department to buyback guns — without question — to reduce the number of unregistered firearms on the streets.
The city offered to pay $25 for high capacity magazines (ten rounds for rifles, 20 rounds for handguns), $100 for revolvers, pump action or bolt action weapons, and $200 for semi-automatic weapons.
In addition to buying back those legal weapons, the city also offered up to $500 for any fully automatic weapon, all of which are illegal in the United States.
During their first buyback, city employees were shocked to have an unlisted weapon turned into the city — a rocket launcher.
One of items taken in by Baltimore's gun buyback program–what appears to be spent surplus rocket launcher. Waiting to hear how much city paid for it pic.twitter.com/XQsr67repg
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) December 19, 2018
Although the rocket launcher wasn’t fully automatic, the seller received $500 from the city, according to the Associated Press. In total, the city bought back more than 1,800 firearms from the people of Baltimore during the voluntary buyback program.
Mayor Pugh could have just seen this as a successful launch of the program. Instead, she tried to take a jab at the NRA.
As of today we removed over 1800 guns and 1 rocket launcher from the streets of #Baltimore. And yet the @NRA thinks somehow rocket launchers are good for Baltimore. Perhaps a name change is in order: The National Rocket Association. @Everytown
— Mayor Catherine Pugh (@MayorPugh50) December 22, 2018
As dozens of Twitter users pointed out to Mayor Pugh, the NRA doesn’t support public ownership of rocket launchers.
You're a f**king liar, the NRA has never advocated for people owning rocket launchers. https://t.co/P3oM9SceuR
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 27, 2018
This might be a minor misrepresentation:
"The NRA thinks rocket launchers are good for Baltimore." https://t.co/YHnAh0RLeC
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) December 27, 2018
As Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton noted, Pugh didn’t just use the unexplainable rocket launcher to falsely bash the NRA, she also used it to fundraise for her own campaigns.
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) December 22, 2018
As IJR previously reported, Pugh and her administration caught some backlash after they paid for buses to send 3,000 students to skip school to go to Washington D.C. for the March for Our Lives gun control rally.