Apparently, elected officials who are trying to enact legislation relating to firearms bans, ammunition taxes, required insurance and universal background checks don’t even understand the most basic aspects of firearms technology.
Last night in San Fransisco President Obama mistakenly stated that the Newtown shooting was committed with an automatic weapon:
I just came from Denver, where the issue of gun violence is something that has haunted families for way too long, and it is possible for us to create common-sense gun safety measures that respect the traditions of gun ownership in this country and hunters and sportsmen, but also make sure that we don’t have another 20 children in a classroom gunned down by a semiautomatic weapon — by a fully automatic weapon in that case, sadly.
I know I’m prejudiced for mentioning that the President is mistaken and that the Newtown shooting was committed with semi-automatic weapons. Fully automatic weapons were not involved, but I’m only pointing this out because I hate black people and I can’t stand to see an African-American in the White House. And neither can the New York Times, who said the following about Adam Lanza’s Newtown crime:
At the school, he used a Bushmaster XM15-E2S semiautomatic rifle to fire 154 shots, the statement said. The police also found 10 30-round magazines for the gun, many of them partly or fully emptied.
Mr. Lanza also carried two semiautomatic handguns, one of which he used to kill himself. The police found a 12-gauge shotgun in the car he drove to the school.
Racist bastards, all.
The President of the United States is either deliberately misrepresenting the facts, or he is ignorant of them. Obama is attacking the 2nd Amendment on a campaign-style roadshow to influence popular opinion while either lying or displaying a horrific vacuum of knowledge.
And his supporters lap it up. Motivated by fear and ignorance, and questioning none of their mistaken assumptions, the 2nd Amendment deniers lash out at the easiest target they can find: scary guns and their racist extremist owners. But we’ll never hear them talk about people and murder. Because saving lives and enacting common sense measures to end violence isn’t what they’re really interested in.
[Updated:] Ace and Jake Tapper put a period under the exclamation point:
I tried to be more clear about how preposterous and stupid this syndrome is– “Let’s ban things we don’t even understand!”