August 26th, 2010
07:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann fires assault rifle, ends 2-day tour with a bang

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, ended her bus tour Thursday."]Anoka, Minnesota (CNN) – Embracing her strong pro-gun stance, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann fired off a few rounds from an M4 carbine Thursday morning, according to employees of a local ammunition manufacturer in her district.

The pro-Second Amendment conservative and rising Tea Party movement icon made the final public campaign stop of her two-day bus tour at Federal Ammunition ATK in Anoka, Minnesota.

Photography and videotaping were not allowed. Employees of ATK who were in attendance told CNN about the visit before the campaign ushered them away saying details for the press would be provided by the campaign.

Two employees said Bachmann fired off several rounds on a semi-automatic (single shot per trigger pull) before switching over to an automatic (multi-shot per pull) for a few minutes. She was shooting at printed human profile targets that, according to the employees, she kept as a souvenir. The employees said they were a little too far away to see how good her aim was.

Initially, the campaign declined to discuss details of what occurred following the event except to say Bachmann "toured an ammunition factory." But after being pressed with details already provided by the ATK workers Bachmann spokesman Sergio Gor wrote in an email:

"Congresswoman Bachmann today toured Federal Ammunition ATK, and met with dozens of employees that have worked at the factory for many years. Federal Ammunition ATK is a significant employer in the district and Congresswoman Bachmann considers these jobs very important for the district. Congresswoman Bachmann is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and was able to fire several rounds of bullets produced in this factory. The Congresswoman has a great shot and did well!"

Federal Ammunition ATK has been around since 1922, and employs between 1200 and 1500 people, according to vice president Sharon Jones. (The numerical range is given due to competition purposes, she said.)

Filed under: 2010 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Bassman

    Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies are fearless.

    August 26, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Kinda makes me think of President Saddam Hussien firing off guns before his constituents in Iraq...and he thought he was impressive...well...I'm NOT impressed!

    August 26, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jobs saved at this ammunition manufacturing business but not by Bachmann, she just wants to shoot off at the mouth.

    August 26, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Gettin' ready for all the nutjobs that intend to use their 2nd amendment rights.

    They try to intimidate, harrass, and cause people to be afraid.

    I'd rather die than live with their type of paranoia.

    August 26, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. Vince M

    Reminds me of the Rich Texan from "The Simpsons"

    August 26, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    SHE is one of the wing-nutjobs !!

    August 26, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Marcus

    So you can only be 'pro-2nd Ammendment' if you take a few shots every now and then? It's that (another pathetic part of ) her message?

    August 26, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    This woman is a nut case. Maybe even worse than Sarah Pathetic? Are these all the right wing repulsive republicans. Between, Ran Paul, Ben Quayle and these morons I wonder if any of the Party of No should stay in office?

    August 26, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Peter s

    I wish you can just take it slow firing your mouth before you engage your brains!!

    August 26, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. vgal

    Makes me want to go get a gun to protect myself from this crazy and her scary following.

    August 26, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. larry

    i recall when sadaam h. did that, it was dumb then and it's even dummer that she's doing it.

    August 26, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Robert Ayen

    you shock me how low you can go. What is it, greed, power or something else?

    August 26, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    At least I agree with Rep. Bachmann about gun rights.
    That's something.

    August 26, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Lee, Mays Landing, NJ

    Why did she ban photography and videotaping?
    What is she afraid of?
    Why bother covering up her full blown nuttiness?
    This kind of thing gets the republican "base" more giddy and excited than a young inexperienced sailor on a weekend leave in Bangkok or the Philippines.

    August 26, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Charles W. Skinner

    It's not an "Assault Rifle" you Liberal twit. It's a Service Grade Weapon. C'mon CNN. Get it right FOR ONCE. You're supposed to be Journalists. Call the item what it is, rather than the sensationalist claim that is wrong. Those of us who actually understand firearms are laughing at you.

    August 26, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. gg

    Tough? I hope she can join the troops in Afganistan with her BIG MOUSE.

    August 26, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Was the barrel pointing in the right direction? Oh crap, she's still alive.

    August 26, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. La Piovra

    Dammit, that's what comes of not keeping automatic weapons out of the hands of the mentally unstable.

    August 26, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. malabar

    So Bachman believes we have the right to bear arms, protect ourselves and our families? doesnt she knw we need stricter gun laws! because criminals that use guns would not dare break those laws hahaha! btw, I hope we get to see Sarah kill somethng, prepare it, and eat it on her show. keep their heads reelin ladies, BOO YEA!

    August 26, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. jerry

    Maybe I have missed something but what has this woman done in Congress that has helped the American citizens. I see her on talk shows but there is no mention of any important legislation she has pushed. She is a carbon copy of both parties that keep says the other party is not accomplishing anything but yet offers no alternatives that make any sense. Cut them off from the media and they have nothing.

    August 26, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Jane

    My, my, heh, heh, looks like the wicked witch of the west. What a joke she is. Bachmann, you belong on a bus tour. And that is where you will stay.

    August 26, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. Mike

    If only she was as popular as Sarah. What a great place Minnesota would be to live!

    August 26, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. Lorelord

    Oh yeah, like her! Alot!

    August 26, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. MCD

    Every day there are news articles in the papers about deaths from handguns... teens with handguns. It is past time to hold people like Bachmann responsible for all of these deaths. People should clip these news articles and send them to the NRA and Ms. Bachmann. Last week in San Francisco a german tourist visiting on her wedding anniversary was killed by a stray bullet... teens with handguns! This madness has got to stop. There is a HUGE difference between training young people to properly use hunting rifles and enabling the free flow of weapons in our country. We need tighter restrictions of gun shows or a ban altogether.

    August 26, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. ruty

    This woman is a disgrace to women everywhere. She has set women back a hundred years. Some one PLEASE shut her up. How about cramming Palin down her throat.

    August 26, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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