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'Slow is smooth, smooth is fast': Former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard takes aim in firearm video

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One former Democratic politician has taken to social media to show off her marksmanship skills.

Former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) posted a nearly 40-second video to her Twitter and Instagram accounts, which shows her participating in various firearm drills and reloading as necessary as she tackles an obstacle course associated with the Tactical Games.

"Slow is smooth, smooth is fast," Gabbard wrote. "Dusting off the cobwebs and gaining new skills. Thanks to The Tactical Games for an incredible day of training."

The Tactical Games is an organization which claims to offer "a venue for all shooters and athletes to compete against the best in the world to find weaknesses and test gear in the most stressful environment a competition can offer."

In the video, Gabbard can be seen negotiating barriers and other impediments as she fires at specific targets. Wearing mainly black workout gear and ear muffs, she loads ammunition and employs different firearms at various times, though it is unclear whether she chose to use different guns or whether game rules required them.

"Nice work," a man on the video tells her at the close.

Though the video has garnered a lot of positive responses, some on social media have criticized it since Gabbard, who once proclaimed to "support our Second Amendment rights," still advocated for significant restrictions while she was in Congress. For example, she professed to support so-called common sense gun control laws, including a ban on assault weapons, modern sport rifles, standard capacity magazines, comprehensive background checks, and closing the "gun-show loophole."

"So do you think just you should be allowed to have these or have you gotten around to reading the second amendment yet?" quipped Libertarian Party NH.

"Oh, today you like guns?" another popular response asked.

Gabbard, 41, served in Congress from 2013 until 2021. She also ran for president as a Democrat in 2020, but dropped out by mid-March. She is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves and served two tours in the Middle East.

Gabbard recently made headlines when she figuratively took aim at Vice President Kamala Harris for allowing so many illegal immigrants to breach the U.S. southern border.

"Kamala Harris' statement that 'we have a secure border' is further evidence that she’s either completely disconnected from reality or she's blatantly lying," Gabbard tweeted on September 15. "Either way, she has no business being a heartbeat away from the presidency."

Editor's Note: This story has been changed to correct Gabbard's rank and branch of service. The original story stated that she is a Major in the Army National Guard.

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