American Olympian Defends 2nd Amendment

Kim Rhode, an American Olympic shooter participating in the Rio games, made comments on gun control in the United States. Rhode is set to compete in skeet shooting Friday.

“We should have the right to keep and bear arms, to protect ourselves and our family,” the three-time Olympic gold medal winner told TIME magazine. Rhode, who won the gold medal in skeet shooting in London in 2012, revealed that defending gun rights has cost her mainstream sponsorships and partnership deals. She said there’s a “stigma attached to our sport.”

Rhode further added, “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.”

In terms of the difficulty regarding limitations and current gun laws, Rhode describes her frustration of the process: “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.”

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