Rep. Congressional candidate Brad Staats defends Facebook post - WKRN News 2

Rep. Congressional candidate Brad Staats defends Facebook post

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Republican U.S. Congressional candidate Brad Staats continues to defend a controversial Facebook post.

Brad Staats posted a picture of a handgun along with the statement, "Many people keep asking me about my opinion on Second Amendment rights. Apparently Tennesseans are part of that crazy crowd that Obama says cling to their religion and guns. Well then I must be part of that crazy crowd. Here is something that I usually have with me. Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama where we appreciate our [Second] Amendment rights and the constitution that was wisely given to us by our founding fathers."

At a Lipscomb University event on Monday night, Staats told Nashville's News 2, "I'm going to say what I mean and mean what I say and I want Tennesseans and Americans to know that I'm not going to back up on what I say."

Staats said the Facebook post was never meant to be an attack on the president but it is in reference to the recently passed U.N. Small Arms Treaty.

"I do want President Obama to know as well as the rest of Congress and everyone else regarding our constitutional, rights don't tread on America's constitution," said Staats. "I think that your liberties, your life can be defended by the proper instructed use of a handgun."

Staats said his strong stance on handguns stems from his mother's own personal experience.

He said, "She would have either been raped or murdered had she not had a handgun in her car she actually got ran off a road and it was obvious she was getting ready to be assailed."

Staats is challenging U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in November.

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