Samuel Wurzelbacher -- more commonly known as Joe the Plumber for his role in the 2008 presidential election -- is once again joining the national gun control debate, this time through a video that urges viewers to learn how to use a gun in order to "shoot the bastard" who might attack them.
"You can either pee or vomit on yourself and hope that you do not become a victim, or you go to your local shooting range, learn about guns and how to handle one," Wurzelbacher says in the video, released Monday.
The video, which he dubbed as a public service announcement, features a man -- presumably Wurzelbacher -- showing off the firing speed of his handgun by shooting off rounds rapidly at a target.
"That way, God forbid, if you or your family is ever attacked, you can shoot the bastard," he concludes.
Wurzelbacher said the PSA was produced in response to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that Mayors Against Illegal Guns is launching a $12 million pro-gun control ad buy.
"Mayor Bloomberg is right, we all have a responsibility to make this country safer for our families and for others," Wurzelbacher wrote in a statement. "To this end, I have produced a public service announcement to help every American understand the options they have to protect themselves."
This isn't the first controversial anti-gun control videos released by Wurzelbacher. During a failed campaign to unseat Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) last year, he posted a video blaming gun control for the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust.
“In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated,” Wurzelbacher said in the video, while loading a shotgun. “In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others unable to defend themselves were exterminated.”
Wurzelbacher is raffling off an AR-15 rifle on his website in protest of debate over an assault weapons ban. Wurzelbacher’s raffle opened in February, before the assault weapons ban was pushed out of the Senate Democrats’ gun control bill last week.
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