The very first gold medal of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio went to 19-year-old champion Ginny Thrasher.
Her medal went in the 10-meter air-rifle competition. Her score was an Olympic record as well. This is a very difficult sport that requires an incredible amount of precision. Her victory was an upset over returning champion Siling Yi from China and two-time gold medalist Li Du, also from China.
A large amount of Americans were happy for this young lady, as they should be…
American women know how to handle their weapons.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) August 6, 2016
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 6, 2016
— Senator Dick Black (@SenRichardBlack) August 6, 2016
But of course, those on the left had to ruin it.
— Johnny Wack (@JohnnyWack1) August 6, 2016
First medal won of the Olympics for the USA is for shooting a rifle. We are such a stereotype.
— Kyle Feldscher (@Kyle_Feldscher) August 6, 2016
If you think Ginny Thrasher was impressive in 10m Shooting, wait til you see how the American team dominates in Mass Shooting. #Olympics
— Brian Ste. Marie (@briansantamaria) August 6, 2016
america wins gold in a sport that involves guns
— LIBERAL BERNARD (@CARSSOF300) August 6, 2016
An American woman won gold in the 10-meter air rifle. If there's one thing America leads the world in, it's shooting guns.
— Jim Hamilton (@Jim_Hamilton) August 6, 2016
America wins a gold medal in guns. We're so heinous.
— Patrik Sandberg (@PatrikSandberg) August 6, 2016
If guns were illegal in America we wouldn't have been able to win the Gold medal in the first event in Rio. We can't sacrifice losing. Ever.
— Cory (@echoholic_) August 6, 2016
For those that actually appreciate Ginny Thrasher’s accomplishment, here is her amazing win:
Speaking of Rio, another Olympic shooter, Kim Rhode, lashed out against gun control and declared her support for concealed carry.
Rhode intimated that some find it strange for an Olympian to speak out on political issues back at home, but she believes that the times demand for it, “I’m definitely becoming more vocal because I see the need.”
“We just had six laws that were passed in California that will directly affect me,” she said, according to The Guardian. “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.”