PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA — A candidate for city council in Peachtree Corners is speaking out to defend Facebook posts he made referencing controversial topics including violence and guns.
Luke Crawford, a 24-year-old gun-rights advocate, is seeking the council post currently held by incumbent Jeanne Aulbach. On Tuesday night, the Gwinnett County Democratic Party shared several Facebook posts that Crawford had made on his own Facebook page.
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, one post showed the dead body of a gunman who killed a Russian ambassador in Turkey. Crawford wrote, “violence is golden.” Another included a video of people it claimed were Black Lives Matter activists attacking a family in a car.
“People often say ‘But Luke, when will you ever need a gun’,” Crawford wrote, according to the AJC. “Here is a perfect example. I bet the liberals would turn and run if they received a few rounds of 9mm to the face instead of a weak punch.”
In other posts discovered by the AJC, Crawford appears to mock Islam, uses the hashtag #NeverGoFullRetard and shares a video of what appears to be a female military member being knocked down by a male member.
“When reality hits those who think genders are equal in the face,” Crawford wrote on the last.
Crawford defended those posts in a statement to the AJC.
“I want to make it clear that no matter how hard the left attempts to defame me, I will continue to fight for our constitutional rights and equality for all,” the statement said. In an earlier response on the county Democratic Party’s post, which has since been removed, Crawford said he stood by “everything I say, both on social media and in real life.”
Council elections in Peachtree Corners are nonpartisan, but Crawford describes himself as a proud conservative and member of the Republican Party. He founded Kennesaw State Students For Concealed Carry during the debate over a change in state law that now allows handguns on college campuses.
He also served as state director for Students For Concealed Carry On Campus in Georgia. According to his campaign website, he is self-employed, working in the marketing and photography field.
Also challenging Aulbach for the council post is Joe Sawyer.