South Carolina governor got a gun from ‘Santa’
December 26th, 2013
01:36 PM ET
11 months ago

South Carolina governor got a gun from ‘Santa’

(CNN) – Like many Americans, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley chose to share what she got for Christmas via social media.

Santa’s gift for the first-term Republican? A semi-automatic pistol.

“Our family had a wonderful Christmas together! I must have been good. Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm,” Haley said in an Instagram post that included a photo of the weapon.

Haley has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, and hasn’t been shy about her fondness for guns in the past, including by test-firing a fully automatic machine gun at a state firearms manufacturer over the summer. Her husband is a member of the Army National Guard.

Haley announced over the summer that she is seeking a second term in her conservative, GOP-leaning state.


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  1. tom l

    @Sniffit
    "That's a fine looking heater right there.
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    That it is. Let's hope "Bob the Burglar" doesn't think the same thing after she leaves the governors' mansion. She just put out a full page advertisement on the world wide web, "Look, I have guns in my house.""

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    I'm not sure what your point is but that's really nothing new. I think what you're saying is that she is a smart woman because no criminal will steal from her because they know she has a weapon and can protect herself. You have just made the "gun free zone" argument, and why conservatives, find those laws to be so silly because now, according to you, "
    She just put out a full page advertisement on the world wide web, "Look, I have guns in my house." So think what you just said only the opposite and now you will understand why "gun free zones" are a joke and really become the most dangerous place you can be.
    "

    Yeah, because break-ins most often occur when you're home, tom. Come on man, your effort to deliberately misconstrue his point is obnoxious."

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    Just what in the heck is his point? I'm not trying to misconstrue nor be obnoxious (for once :) ) I honestly have no idea what point he is trying to make. Plus, in a follow up, the man completely makes up some phony story to try and support his point about the people in NYC who had their names published by a paper because they owned a gun. It's not cool to just make something up, Sniffit. I looked everywhere and could not find anything remotely close to his story. Not to mention the fact that it makes no logical sense. Here's what he wrote:

    I guess that explains why gun license holders in the NYC area were so upset about having their names and addresses published. They claimed that their homes were being burglarized and that the guns were being stolen. They feared burglars, despite owning guns "for protection." They realized that there is a difference between burglars and home invaders.

    Lame. So very lame. And absolutely no foundation in logic nor reality. So, he's basically saying that criminals found out who had the guns and then went to that exact house to steal their guns???? Come on now, Sniffit. Even you have to acknowledge that lacks and logic. I know it's tough to crack on a guy from your team, but come on!!!! Really???

    December 26, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    "Haley announced over the summer that she is seeking a second term in her conservative, GOP-leaning state."

    No polling numbers attached?

    December 26, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "Ok, Rudy. I'm calling you out on this incredible fabrication. First, they were angry because their names were printed without their permission. They isn't one article talking about an uptick in crime in their neighborhood...you just flat out made that up. Once again, you try to deflect my point with some frivolous drivel that has no foundation in reality nor fact. Why do you do that? Why can't you just admit that sometimes your wrong rather than give absolutely false information to try to support your argument? So. Very. Pathetic."
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    You are so wrong about there being no break-ins that it is pathetic. Alleged break-ins is the reason they used in court to get their personal info taken out of the public record, dude. And, guess what? There were a number of homes that suffered break-ins following the publishing of the addresses, but no direct link could ever be established. Some claims were suspect, too.

    December 26, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    Yeah, because break-ins most often occur when you're home, tom. Come on man, your effort to deliberately misconstrue his point is obnoxious.
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    I disagree. I think it is a deliberate attempt at a discussion. He did admit that he didn't know what my point was, and so I will take him at his word. If it were deliberate however, I think that you're too kind. I'd call it belligernt, stubborn ignorance. His attempts to manufacture words and opnions that "opponents" never say is pretty obnoxious, though.

    December 26, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Mike in SS

    Nice piece, great quality, easy shooting...what's not to love.

    December 26, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Jesus prefers Glocks

    Nothing like celebrating the birth of Jesus than with a new gun. What a nut. Glad she is not governor of our state.

    December 26, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. CSD

    Lol, Celebrating the birth of "prince of peace" with a handgun. Santa should have given her a brain and a dictionary with a post-it note on the page with "cognitive dissonance".

    December 26, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. anonymous

    You just gotta love how all the lefties in here use religion and Jesus's name to push their political agenda, and then turn right around in the next Ticker article demanding religion be removed from all government facilities and insisting that the right is trying to establish a theocracy in the USA.

    I think the terms that apply are deceitful and duplicitous.

    December 26, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @HenryMiller: "Besides, it's hard to define "the wrong people" when it comes to guns."

    Really, it's hard? Someone with a history with mental illness, a felon, drug addictions or domestic violence abuse histories is "hard to define"?

    I agree with Reagan on this one (March 29, 1991): "This nightmare [the assassination attempt by Hinkley] might never have happened if legislation that is before Congress now – the Brady bill – had been law back in 1981."

    December 26, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. truetea

    Guns dont kill people, other people do.

    'nuff said

    December 26, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Would You Look at That

    Tampa Tim
    "By third worst, Perry and Scott lead the GOP pack. Walker has moved up to fourth, closing in on Haley."
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    Please, Tim, enlighten us to who is the WORST governor in the country. I'll give you a clue... he's the governor of the lovely state of Illinois...

    December 26, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    @Would you look at that: "Why do liberals concern themselves with what God others choose to believe in? Why do liberals concern themselves with the success of others?"

    Yes, Liberals believe in the First Amendment religious freedoms and the separation of Church and State – which is why we don't like right-wing "Christians" trying to turn our nation into a theocracy based on their narrow, hateful, intolerant interpretation of Christianity.

    Regarding the success of others: Blue states have high per-capita income than Red ones; we don't have a problem with success at all. That's just a lie the right-wing media has been saying to try to deflect from the FACT that their ideas and programs benefit the wealthiest among us at the expense of everyone else.

    Thanks for playing ...

    December 26, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Hooper

    Good For Him. Why is this a story? It's not that I'm a gun person, or a person that believes we're in such danger all the time that it's necessary to be armed at all times, but there's nothing wrong with this man getting a gun at Christmas. He's apparently beyond the age of consent, with no need to ask permission on every move he makes. Leave it alone.

    December 26, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. JohnRJohnson

    Maybe it's just me, but the idea that a state governor would publicize the fact that someone gave her a gun for Christmas in this day and age seems a little pig-headed to me. Especially, if she really didn't need one in the first place. A book on non-violent conflict resolution might've been more helpful.

    December 26, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Nothing spreads the joy of Christmas like a Beretta PX4 Storm, , shoots under water , great for around the pool and hot tub.

    It can blow the lock off a door if you ever leave your keys inside an are locked out .

    Classy

    December 26, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Eric J. Beck

    One more phony Christian...like we need another.

    December 26, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    @Tampa Tim: "Isn't the a Beretta PX 4 one of the guns President a Obama is taking away?"

    How is President Obama taking any gun away when the NRA and their lackeys the tea bags has Congress by the short hairs? Even though a majority of Americans support it, any bill that puts reasonable controls on gun purchases never makes it out of committee. (My source: A Fox News poll conducted in April of this year that found that 82% of voters, 72% of Republicans, and 77% of people from gun-owning households support expanding background checks on all gun sales.)

    So again, just exactly WHAT is President Obama "taking away"?

    December 26, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Tommy

    ::Barnum & Bailey circus theme song::

    Conservatives are good for a few laughs now and then!

    December 26, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. JSB

    Reading all the drivel from gun grabbers like Rudy is making me weep.

    December 26, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Sheila

    I think this country should go back to the way it used to be, in the wild west days, as far as carrying guns on your possession, and IF a person wanted to carry a holster, they should have the right to do that, in any state, or city, or county.....This country would save a lot of money on hiring so many police officers in the first place. In addition, robberies & thieveries murders would be down, once the "would be" perpetrator sees a person with a gun on him or her

    December 26, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. JSB

    @ ThinkAgain

    Yet when the current law is described to them most Americans think that it goes too far. The gun grabbers have done a masterful job of bait and switch. Unfortunately it is everyone else that gets stuck paying the price.

    December 26, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    who cares?? So someone got a new pistol for Christmas... better freak out about it.

    December 26, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "I agree with Reagan on this one (March 29, 1991): "This nightmare [the assassination attempt by Hinkley] might never have happened if legislation that is before Congress now – the Brady bill – had been law back in 1981.""

    Remarkable what being the victim of gun violence will do for a GOPers' perspective, eh?

    December 26, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Mark P

    Maybe if the governor did a bit more to reduce the crime rate in her state, she might not have to be packing herself. Also, I assume this means she can dismiss her taxpayer-funded State Trooper security.

    December 26, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Sal

    It's a sick country and eventually it will be doomed to fail.....

    December 26, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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