Congressman happy rifle part engraved with "You Lie" no longer being sold
January 12th, 2011
04:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Congressman happy rifle part engraved with "You Lie" no longer being sold

Washington (CNN) - The Republican congressman who gained notoriety for shouting "You Lie" at President Obama is happy that a gun seller has stopped selling a part for a semi-automatic rifle that was engraved with his infamous words.

This comes amid the debate over whether provocative political rhetoric inflames violence. The issue is getting fresh scrutiny in the aftermath of the deadly Arizona shootings that left six dead and 13 wounded, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, wrote a letter to the head of the Palmetto State Armory thanking him for discontinuing the sale of the rifle part. The company is based in the state capital of Columbia.

"I have been made aware of a AR-15 lower receiver being sold by Palmetto State Armory," Wilson wrote to Jamin McCallum.

"I thank you for quickly suspending sales of the product that uses my words."

Wilson signed the letter, which is dated Wednesday. Neal Patel, the congressman's Communications Director, forwarded it to CNN.

Patel told CNN that the gun and parts seller informed Wilson's office that it had pulled the product. "The Congressman was pleased with this news," Patel said in an email.

The ad for the "You Lie"-engraved AR-15 is no longer active on Palmetto State Armory's website.

However, the Free Times weekly newspaper in Columbia captured screen grabs of the Internet page before the ad was taken down.

The ad said, "Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new 'You Lie' AR-15 lower receiver." It added that only 999 would be produced and urged buyers to, "get yours before they are gone!"

The Free Times also featured a photo showing the "You Lie" AR-15 receiver next to a photo of Wilson holding a rifle next to another man who is also holding a gun.

Patel told CNN, "The picture was from a ribbon cutting in August 2010. It is unrelated to the AR-15."

Wilson screamed the words "You Lie" at President Obama during the president's health care address to Congress in September 2009. The outburst came after the president denied that health care legislation would provide free coverage for illegal immigrants.

Wilson later apologized.

CNN contacted Palmetto State Armory. But a phone message said, in part, "due to high order and call volume, we are not taking phone calls at this time." The message directs listeners to email the company.

CNN sent an email but did not receive a response.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. independent

    This incident, Palin's map, Angle's Second Amendment Remedy, the Tea Party's call to Water the Tree of Liberty, Beck and Limbaugh cries about the End of America as we know it, and more, did not cause but all contributed to the atmosphere that created the Arizona Hate Crime. Own it. Man up.

    January 12, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. DemFL

    Thank you.

    January 12, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. ingrid

    Joe Wilson was very disrespectful towards the President. I am glad that he apologized but his actions are part of a greater ugliness and division that has swept our nation.

    January 12, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Hotdog

    This really shows how low people will lower theirselves to make a dollar.

    January 12, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Get A Grip

    Congressman Joe Wilson was only telling the truth. So, what's wrong with that?

    January 12, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. duckbutter

    you people need to get a grip......its about mental illness.... a lone mental deranged killer... thats it....

    January 12, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. GOP Taliban Victim

    Shame on these partisan extremists that have hi-jacked the Republican party. This is just totally out of control.

    January 12, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. Pretzel Logic

    Sure, he's thanking him now but was all sorts of happy about last week prior to the shooting. Hypocrites.

    January 12, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. Aaron

    These are some really sick individuals. Palin and her crosshairs and Wilson and his rifle parts...which are connected to guns that transparently are intended with aim at the President. Had the Secret Service maybe considered doing its job and shutting this violence-inspiring nonsense down?

    January 12, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. MaryAnn in VA

    If I were Mr Wilson I would'nt want to show my face after his disrespectful remarks to a sitting president. He is just one in a long line of politicians who have shown they have no class or breeding. Disgraceful.

    January 12, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. 21k

    so it took a mass-murder to give joe a conscience? what a gelding. he has no cojones if he's going to back off his positions that easily.

    January 12, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. Dr Matrix

    He only wanted it stopped after this attack and they can't understand why people are connecting the dots between hate speech, total us or them attitudes in politics and these homegrown terrorists. By the way, who was it that said you're wity us or against us about Iraq?

    January 12, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. aNTHONY

    These guys are sick. Sick, sick, sick.

    I bet he was overjoyed when they FIRST started selling them. I bet he was flattered, and honored when he was told some sicko would put his quote on a gun part and sell it to the world. He's only happy now because there is no longer a weapon of violence out there with his words on it that can now hurt him politically, now that the current climate has shifted from violent rhetoric and inciteful words to that of peace and unity. Joe... you are a tool. A disrespectful tool for the Right.

    January 12, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. catik

    Hindsight is always 20/20.

    January 12, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. T'sah from Virginia

    No longer being SOLD??? Why was it sold in the first place? What did it mean to engrave "YOU LIE" on a pistol??? Think about it and think about where it is coming from!!

    January 12, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Expat American

    Joe Wilson is nothing more than opportunistic lying scum...just like his brethren “Sarah Reload Palin” and the rest of the Cross Hairs Republican Party of Hate who freely and proudly spewed their vile fabricated 'patriotism' up until last Saturday.
    Much like Palin, do the country a favor and finally shut your vile ‘patriot’ mouth.

    January 12, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All praise to God.

    January 12, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    I want to know if he isi also lying about not knowing about this gun. I would think that the gun manufacturer would have had wilson's permission to sell the gun with his trademark tirade of "you lie".
    If so, he is the liar, but then again, we knew that!

    January 12, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  19. nick

    This LOOSER is why the GOP'ers are hate mongers/ They do not have a program except to enrich the rich, so they have to rely on cheap shots that are enticing to those who hate for the sake of hating.

    January 12, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  20. thomas

    Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina should think befor acting, what and how long dose it take for him to act like a gentman and a fellow human being ?

    January 12, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  21. bob

    Kudos to congressman Wilson for requesting the gun not be sold. Good can come out of bad.

    January 13, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. Davey

    Oh but we dont have a problem with extreme rhetoric, as all of the defenders on the right would have us believe!

    January 13, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  23. JimmyJam

    This guy and all who would buy an AR15 engraved with "You lie" are complete nutobs.
    We get your message loud and clear. Bringing guns to rallies where the POTUS is speaking. making statements such as "Don't retreat reload". Using cross hairs on maps for political purposes. All of this is inflamatory and provoked a dangerous environment.
    Now some nutjob has been pushed to the limit and goes out and shoots 19 people. and of course those who fanned the flames will claim no wrong doing. Some will even claim to be victims.(Blood libel? really???)
    You fool NO ONE. I won;t buy an AR15 with any engraving nor will I buy any lame excuses, but I will say this: "YOU LIE".

    January 13, 2011 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  24. Peter E

    The pathetic thing about this guy is that his 'heroic' outburst wasn't even factually correct. He just wanted to burst in and get his 15 minutes of fame, and he timed it at the wrong moment too. The fact was that Obama didn't lie in his statement, as factcheck.org itself pointed out.
    But of course, facts aren't important to politicians. Their constituents will believe anything they want to hear. If this guy told them Bill Clinton conspired to sell nukes to Cuba, they would have believed that too.
    It's politics. It's about them playing our anger. And boy are we suckers for it.

    January 13, 2011 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  25. Steve

    It's not that there is no shame in the world anymore, it's that people don't even realise that their conduct is shameful.

    January 13, 2011 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
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