Michele Fiore (R), a Nevada assemblywoman who is running for an open U.S. House seat in Las Vegas this year, said last week that she believes the right to self-defense includes the right to aim a gun at, and presumably shoot, a police officer. After making incendiary comments in support of the Bundy terrorists and calling the Bureau of Land Management an “agency of terrorism” – as she is wont to do – on a local TV station last Sunday, the host asked whether she believes that the Second Amendment grants the right to “point a weapon at a duly authorized law enforcement officer who is just out there doing his job.”
In response, Fiore said, “once you point your firearm at me, I’m sorry, then it becomes self-defense. Whether you’re a stranger, a bad guy, or an officer, and you point your gun at me and you’re gonna shoot me and I have to decide whether it’s my life or your life, I choose my life.” The implication of choosing “her life” in a “my life or your life” situation would seem to imply that she believes the Second Amendment grants her a right to shoot police officers whenever she deems it necessary, and her vociferous support for the armed occupations of the Bundys would tend to corroborate this view.
Besides the inherent lunacy and downright wrongness of her statements, one has to appreciate the racial tragicomedy of a white woman telling people to aim their guns at police officers at a time when police departments have said they are “supposed to” shoot 13 year-old African-American kids carrying guns.
Fiore is no stranger to controversy caused by her antics. Her gun fetishization is notorious, to the point that she has released a “Walk the Talk 2nd Amendment Calendar” featuring her posing with several large guns and has also suggested that the solution to both rape and school shootings is – surprise! – guns. She’s also announced that “racism is over,” believes that cancer is a fungus that can be flushed from the body with salt water, and has said she’d like to shoot Syrian refugees in the head. Oh, and she was stripped of her position as majority leader of the Nevada Assembly after it was revealed that she faced more than $1 million in tax liens.
James DeVinne is a student at American University in Washington, DC majoring in International Service with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a founding member of Occupy Baltimore and interns at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.