The first gold medal of the Rio Olympics goes to…a 19-year-old American woman, Ginny Thrasher.
No–non-yay, if you're a liberal. Because Thrasher won her gold with a–eek!–gun. The women's 10-meter air-rifle competition, to be precise.
And sure enough, every gun-control fanatic in America was seemingly up in arms, so to speak.
Some tweet-samples from the liberal horror show "triggered" by Thrasher's victory, as collected by The RightScoop:
First, some sarcasm from writer Leah McElrath:
First #Gold medal in #Rio2016 #Olympics won by an American woman. For shooting a gun. Because of course.
Then, when conservatives mocked McElrath, we got this response:
I am not taking away from her accomplishment, of which she deserves to be proud.
Next games, make de-escalation techniques a sport.
And then the Very Hurt McElrath privatized her Twitter account–no more pain for her! But stand-up comedian Johnny Taylor, Jr. picked up the sarcasm relay race baton:
America just won their first 2016 Olympic gold medal in rifle because of course they did.
Tweeter FrederiKo Raivan was not to be outdone:
Of course the first gold medal USA is for shooting. It's practically their culture. Shooting schools. Shooting churches.
And this from Kyle Feldscher, energy and environmental reporter for the DC Examiner:
First medal won of the Olympics for the USA is for shooting a rifle. We are such a stereotype.
The DC Examiner? Et tu, Kyle!
Then Slate writer Justin Peters got into the act with this mock Q&A:
Why is air riflery an Olympic sport?
Well, why is equestrianism an Olympic sport?
Why won’t you just answer the question?
I’m trying! Look, the Olympics basically began as a meet-and-greet field day sort of thing for the world’s military officers, which is why the Summer Games initially included so many events you might expect to see on a fin-de-siècle battlefield. Today, there are 15 different shooting events at the Summer Olympics. Air rifle didn’t become an Olympic sport until the 1984 Los Angeles Games, though. That was the year women’s shooting debuted at the Olympics. So the air rifle, really, is one of the most important implements in the history of the feminist movement.
And it is a feminist victory, whether feminists like it or not. I'm rooting myself for Kim Rhode, five-time consecutive gold medalist for skeet-shooting and going for a sixth on Aug. 12.
Rhode, who spoke at the GOP convention last month, is also a member of the National Rifle Association:
America’s top Olympic shooter, Kim Rhode, took a strong stand against gun control laws, offering full support for carrying concealed weapons and attacking gun legislation in her home state of California.
“I’m definitely becoming more vocal because I see the need,” said Rhode, a skeet shooter going for a medal in her sixth straight Olympics. “We just had six laws that were passed in California that will directly affect me. For example, one of them being an ammunition law. I shoot 500 to 1,000 rounds a day, having to do a background check every time I purchase ammo or when I bring ammo out for a competition or a match – those are very, very challenging for me.”
Trigger warning, trigger warning, gun-control fanatics!