Graham cites Hurricane Katrina as reason to own AR-15

Graham cites Hurricane Katrina as reason to own AR-15
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks MORE (R-S.C.) posted a series of tweets that touted owning an AR-15 rifle citing what he called protection in the event there is a "breakdown of law and order" during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

Graham is shown in videos posted to his Twitter account shooting an AR-15 at the Palmetto Armory shooting range in Columbia, S.C. He cited the 1994 assault weapons ban as evidence that "indicates that there was really no change at all in crime, because the crooks are going to get a gun!"

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Graham's tweets come amid a push to renew the assault weapons ban and expand background checks following two major shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., that killed a combined 18 people in less than one week.

The tweets also came the day after a shooter opened fire at a business complex in Orange, Calif.

Graham suggested in the tweets that it wasn't impossible "to find yourself in the modern world without any police protection, because that's just the way the times are in which we live in." 

He then cited a progressive effort to "defund the police," which came in response to a host of incidents involving police-involved killings of Black Americans.