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With Newfound Platform, Pro-Gun Auto Worker Who Challenged Biden Wants to Give Others a Voice

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by Gabriella Hoffman Read Profile arrow_right_alt

On March 10th, Michigan auto worker Jerry Wayne had a life-changing experience.

The now-famous exchange between him and Democrat Party frontrunner Joe Biden, which we documented here at The Resurgent, catapulted the auto worker into stardom as an activist who can speak for the everyday pro-Second Amendment supporter.

If you need a refresher, their exchange went like this:

The auto worker, per CBS’s Erickson, told Biden he is “actively trying to end our Second Amendment.”

Biden responded and said to him, “You’re full of shit.”

Biden added, “I support the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment — just like right now, if you yelled ‘fire,’ that’s not free speech,” Biden continued. “And from the very beginning — I have a shotgun, I have a 20-gauge, a 12-gauge. My sons hunt. Guess what? You’re not allowed to own any weapon. I’m not taking your gun away at all.”

The exchange got more heated after the auto worker pointed out Biden’s recent debate gaffe suggesting 150 million people have died from gun violence since 2007.

Biden also told the auto worker he doesn’t need 100 bullets and how machine guns and AR-15s are one-in-the-same. The auto worker correctly pointed out to Biden that AR-15s are semi-automatic, not “assault” or automatic, in nature. And that machine guns are already outlawed or are very hard to obtain.

The conversation ended like this.

“This is not OK, alright?” the man said, to which Biden replied, “Don’t tell me that, pal, or I’m going to go out and slap you in the face.”

“You’re working for me, man!” the worker said.

“I’m not working for you,” Biden said. “Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”

In an email to The Resurgent, the lifelong hunter and firearms enthusiast—whose father taught him to shoot a BB gun at age seven—said he never expected to go viral.

For most of his young life thus far, Wayne has led a quiet existence.

He’s an 11-year member of the Union Millwright. His 20s have largely been defined by hunting excursions on his grandfathers’ and extended families’ property in Roscommon, MI. The Great Outdoors is an integral part of his life. He told me his bird dog, a nine-year-old chocolate lab, is his best friend.

In the days following his encounter with Biden, Wayne has leaned heavily on the support of his girlfriend, Gabrielle.

“My beautiful girlfriend, Gabrielle, has been a big help through all of this,” he said. “Without her help this would be quite difficult to organize. Overall I think we have taken it well though.”

I asked how the response from the public has been so far.

He said the support for his question has been far-reaching. Some have even referred to him as their “hero” and their “hope” which he says is “quite a lot to take in all the sudden.”

His exchange with Biden fired up social media.

After the March 10th event, Wayne appeared on Fox & Friends to rave reviews. His cogent thoughts and calm manner were greatly applauded by many on social media and in the firearms industry. Other notable interviews included appearances on The Rubin Report and a video for the National Rifle Association—an organization he holds membership in.

Credit: YouTube — Fox News

Wayne said he wouldn’t have gone about the exchange differently because his goal was to set a positive example for fellow gun owners.

“I believe information and facts is a major weapon to use when speaking to the opposition [gun control supporters],” said Wayne. “It also helps when you believe it with your entire soul. Being able to stay calm and gather your thoughts takes practice and I encourage people on either side to practice this. It is o.k to be wrong sometimes. When someone proves you wrong you can either grow from it or ignore it and stay in idle.”

“For the average American, I don’t believe it is important at all to know all of the terminology but as for a politician, I believe it is extremely important to understand in depth about what you are trying to change. When you attack something blindly, you may miss your intended target and when you miss, America will suffer.”

When I asked Jerry how his co-workers felt about his question, he said he got some initial pushback from coworkers. After doing some research, though, he said they started to come around to his view after learning more about Biden’s past statements and positions on firearms.

He said many are “very supportive” and generally “share very similar views on pro-2A.”

Credit: Next Level Arms – Jerry Wayne

As for politicians like Biden who have expressed extreme anti-gun views, Wayne said it’s important to listen to the opposition.

He said, “Listening to the opposition with an open mind will give you an arsenal of information for your next discussion; not to mention personal and societal growth.”

“Your heart is in the right place but your mind is not to draw a conclusion without the will to obtain the facts will stunt your growth as a human,” he added. “Not with a line in your back pocket but with an open heart and empty mind.”

Ultimately for Jerry Wayne, the Second Amendment is “the single most important thing on earth.”

“Without our right to defend ourselves, we open the door to tyranny,” he said. “That will inevitably lead to slavery or worse. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

When I asked him if he plans to get involved in the political process given his newfound platform—outside of work, of course—he replied, “I have now fully committed to fight for our rights.”

He isn’t ruling out a future run for office and said “it’s certainly not off the table.”

To follow Jerry Wayne and keep up with his efforts, connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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