Saturday, April 6, 2013

Breaking News!

Thanks to a press release from the NRA, we can stop worrying about an "assault weapon" ban in regards to the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown!

As it turns out, it wasn't an "assault weapon" at all! We can stop worrying about a new "Assault Weapon" ban, because the killer used a machine gun! Since machine guns are already incredibly regulated - no new machine guns can legally be sold to civilians, etc. - there's no need for further regulation.

How do I know it was a machine gun? 

That's easy.

President Obama told me so.
Now, over the next couple of months, we’ve got a couple of issues:  gun control.  (Applause.)  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.  
Emphasis mine. That is a direct quote from an official White House press release there, folks. (and yes, I have a screenshot saved). President Obama claimed that a fully automatic weapon was used in the Newtown, CT shooting. Now, I haven't heard anything about the AR-15 used by the killer being a "fully automatic" weapon. None of the reports mention machine gun fire; none of the (very sparse) reports list the gun as having been illegally converted - or a transferable machine gun worth thousands of dollars.

So, there's a big question here: Is Obama lying, or is he seriously that misinformed? Neither option is terribly appealing - he's either lying through his teeth about the nature of the weapons he's looking to ban, or he knows about as much about firearms as Diana DeGette and her disposable magazines. In neither case do I want laws passed based on this man's word.  He is either woefully ignorant about how a semi-automatic rifle functions, or he's deliberately lying in much the same way that the antis lied in 1994 to get the first "Assault Weapons" ban passed.

I hate to say it, but I think Obama's lying here. I think he knows the difference between semi-automatic and fully automatic - I mean, Obama is an accomplished shotgunner, right? - and he's trying the old trick of bait-and-switch with machine gun vs. semi-auto. It fits in with all the "weapons of war" talk, too - doesn't that sound scarier than "no functionally different than the .22LR they use in the Boy Scouts"? If, in fact, the President of the United States is this grossly ignorant about the items he wants to ban, then perhaps he shouldn't be as zealous to ban them without knowing what they're all about.

Or is it more likely that it's about control, not about guns at all, and they don't care what lies they have to spew to get their ill-conceived and unconstitutional laws passed?

That is all.


Anonymous said...

You are being unfair. He just doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.

Anonymous said...

Either that or he let slip the truth about the weapon at Sandy Hook is truly a fully functional automatic weapon. If that is indeed the case then the shooter was not as deranged as they want us to believe, but had complete rational thought and that scares the investigators.

That's the conspiracy theorist in me talking out loud. The rational part of me says; I agree with JayG. It is about control and disarming.

Jay G said...

If the shooter had a fully automatic weapon, and was trained how to use it, he'd have run up damn near a triple digit count.

If he wasn't trained, there'd be a helluva lot of holes in the ceiling.

I suspect it's a lot simpler, that Obama is trying to make people think this will only affect machine guns.

Anonymous said...

Obama could declare that the shooter used a Proton Blaster and the only response would be questions to Nancy Pelosi as to why it wasn't on the list of banned weapons


Jeff the Baptist said...

The sad thing is that the sandyhook AR-15 wasn't an assault weapon or a machine gun. It was almost certainly a Connecticut legal AR which is neither.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Sooner or later -- preferably sooner -- people are going to have to get comfortable with saying it outright --

President Barack H. Obama was lying.

And, given that he has done it enough for it to be a pattern, let's make it a bit stronger --

President Barack H. Obama is an habitual liar.

Did he not lie through his teeth, on live television, during a Presidential debate, in re what he did / did not say about Benghazi? (He only got away with it because the moderator covered for him, and because Mitt Romney didn't respond in kind, by accusing a sitting President, to his face, of being a bald-faced liar.)

The sooner we get used to the idea, and comfortable about saying it, the better off this Republic will be.

(Yeah, I'm not comfortable making such an accusation about the President of the United States either, no matter who he is. For perspective, though, could someone please remind me approximately when it was, in GWB's Presidency, that it became fashionable to call HIM a liar? I seem to recall seeing "Bush Lied - People Died" bumper stickers as early as 2003, with less justification than we're seeing here.)

Bubblehead Les. said...

I used to think The Liar-in-Chief was just throwing a Bone to his Anti-Gun Base after Newtown.

Then I thought that he was just wasting Political Capital by keeping Gun Control on the Front Page to distract from the mess the Economy is in and World Problems that he's too scared to handle.

Well, I was Right BUT I'm beginning to think he's decided to release his Inner Sarah Brady and push the Anti-Gun Agenda as far as he can.

You know, I really think he HATES the 2A and the "Pro-Gun Clinger" Community with a Passion, but he's smart enough to not go Mouth Foaming about it.

So hold on, there's a lot more Rough Road ahead.

Reputo said...

Correction for you.
It fits in with all the "weapons of war" talk, too - doesn't that sound scarier than "no functionally different than the .22LR they use in the Boy Scouts"?

As a matter of policy, Boy Scouts are not allowed to use semi-automatic firearms (even .22LR) at Boy Scout sponsored events (although I have known many troops to disregard this). Qualification for the rifle shooting merit badge can be done with a single shot .22 caliber rifles (bolt action or break open). Handguns are also not allowed. Venture scouting and Varsity scouting apparently don't have this restriction.