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. Marie MD

    I guess she is making sure that the revolution that she wants the teabaggers to start have guns so she is checking them out.
    Nothing says you are "a woman" than shooting a gun. That is if you are a hillbilly trash redneck.
    She has a great show but just like her brain she can't hit a target if her life depended on it.
    I thought the folks in MN were more sophisticated. My bad! 🙁

    August 26, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Bob of Lompoc

    In to The Valley Of Death Rode The Six Hundred! Does this skank have a working brain cell?

    August 26, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Oops sorry, I meant she has a great shot . . . . . . .not show!

    August 26, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. usualone

    Wow, she is so macho.

    August 26, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. John N.C.

    Michelle is alright.

    August 26, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Will S

    I'd be more impressed if she joined the military and fired an assault rifle in Afghanistan. Hypocrites.

    August 26, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. kd

    'ushered away'... That's the kind of nutty right wing politicians we have now. They'll feed you the line, then do whatever they want, usually to the detriment of the country and a flip-flop from what they promised.

    August 26, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    I don't understand WHY the RepubliCAN'Ts always make GUNS a part of their stump!!! They know DOGGONE well their little toys are not going to be taken from them because the 2nd Amendment is one of the amendments the RepubliCAN'Ts would NEVER touch!!!

    Crosshairs – GUNS – reload – GUNS – retaking America – GUNS – Nazi fear-mongering – GUNS – radicalism – GUNS – Muslim Hating – GUNS – get it yet!!!

    You don't have to SHOOT a GUN to prove your point!!!

    August 26, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. BeverlyNC

    This woman is a dangerous lunatic and does nothing but spread false stories, hate, and promote violence. She should never be allowed near public office again.

    She has done NOTHING for the people of MN she represents. She betrayed them at every turn. She has spent more time trying to be Sarah Palin than doing her job.

    Come on MN – DO NOT send this scary idiot back to Congress. She is a traitor to the people and a hate-mongering liar and racist. She needs some serious mental health counseling.

    August 26, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Martha and video taping were not allow????? That is a change for Ms Bachmann.

    August 26, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Oh God ..she fired a weapon. The liberals are wetting their panties !

    August 26, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. Pam in Oregon

    It's a good thing that Michele Bachmann did not go to a nuclear plant to show us her support of nuclear weapons. Holy cow! That could be a world disaster! Michele and Sarah Palin deserve each other.

    Pam in Oregon

    August 26, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Former Republican, but never again!

    This woman is crazier than Palin! Hard to believe that Americans are dumb enough to vote for her. Of course, Hitler hoodwinked the Germans too!

    August 26, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. 60s survivor

    anyone can shoot a gun. I certainly can. and I'm a democrat. so what's her point??

    August 26, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. False and Biased brought to you by the GOP

    I thought crazy people were supposed to be kept from having guns.

    August 26, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. TS37

    You know, there is a pattern here: of right-wing-nut female female Republican candidates for Congress getting air time by firing their big, loud, guns. Everybody knows a big gun is a big ol' phallic symbol. Whassup? Do the Republican women have to prove they really are man enough to run for office?

    August 26, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. jay

    Typical right wing nut, all about guns.

    August 26, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. Donkey Party

    Another effing lunatic Republican that runs away from the media.

    August 26, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. new to politics

    I pray Sarah "quittier" Palin wins the GOP presidential nomination because she will pick bonehead Bachmann for VP and Obama will win by a landslide.

    August 26, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. George of the jungle

    What a nut another idiot with a gun. Gee Im so glad you are looking after our rights

    August 26, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. NC Ex-Pub

    Good Lord... The new American creed... "Jesus and Guns!"

    August 26, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. George of the jungle

    it seems like palin these women can not talk to the press. Why is that what are they afraid of? Wing nuts all

    August 26, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. Djinn

    The twinkle in her eye is the sun shining thru the back of her head. She is a Palin wannabe, which is several steps below pathetic.

    August 26, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. Who Cares

    Bachmann is a Palin wannabe that is so far out there she's in a hyperbolic orbit. But what the hell! Palin-Bachmann 2010!!

    August 26, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  25. illustrator

    This woman is a full blown looney tune!! Are you guys turning up your saunas to high to even think of voting for this wacko?

    August 26, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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