Kim Rhode in Rio – Skeet Shooter Takes on Gun Control

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Update: Kim Rhode won her 6th medal in the Rio Olympics, coming in with a Bronze in  the August 12th competition.

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Kim Rhode went to her first Olympics at the ripe old age of 16. Since then she has been in 5 Olympics and shot her way to 5 medals. She is currently in Rio de Janeiro, competing in the Skeet competition. As usual because she is a competitive shooter, she has been asked about gun control regularly.

The pressure on Kim to medal again in Rio is high. If she wins, it will make Olympic history with 6 straight Olympic medals for a female shooter. Her competition is August 12.

She has two sponsors: Beretta and Winchester. Major endorsements like other Team USA members receive will likely never come to her because of the stigma of the shooting  sport, and the fact that she is not afraid to speak out against gun control.

California gun laws are a problem

Gun control laws in her native California have caused problems for competitive shooters like Kim.

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Kim Rhode in a Winchester-sponsored shooting tips video. Screenshot

“I shoot 500 to 1,000 rounds a day, so having to do a background check every time I purchase ammo, or every time I want to bring ammo in or out of a competition or a match, those are very challenging for me. Also, I’ve had guns in my family for generations that have been passed down, and now I’m going to register them as assault weapons. And they will not be passed on to my son, or to me from my father. It definitely does effect me and give me a reason to speak out more.” Kim Rhode to Time.

She has had guns in her family for generations. That comes to a halt with the new gun laws passed in California.  She does not agree with the mentality of those who push for stricter control, because she is aware that mass shootings occur in places that have the strictest gun laws.

Even though she understands the tragedies that have occurred in mass shootings  are heinous, they make her “want to carry even more.”

“We should have the right to keep and bear arms, to protect ourselves and our family. The second amendment was put in there not just so we can go shoot skeet or go shoot trap. It was put in so we could defend our first amendment, the freedom of speech, and also to defend ourselves against our own government.” Kim Rhode

 

 

 

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  • […] “I shoot 500 to 1,000 rounds a day, so having to do a background check every time I purchase ammo, or every time I want to bring ammo in or out of a competition or a match, those are very challenging for me. Also, I’ve had guns in my family for generations that have been passed down, and now I’m going to register them as assault weapons. And they will not be passed on to my son, or to me from my father. It definitely does effect me and gives me a reason to speak out more.”  Kim Rhode in 2016   […]

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