From the DenverPost:
WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette has been the lead sponsor on a federal ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines in two Congresses, saying it’s one of her top priorities. …
But she doesn’t understand how magazines work.
Asked how a ban on magazines holding more than 15 rounds would be effective in reducing gun violence, DeGette said:
“I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those know they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”
Magazines don’t work like that. They’re like a gas tank. Just because you use the gas in the tank, doesn’t mean the tank is useless. You just put gas back in the tank.
As usual, legislators are going after things they don’t understand – they just know all guns need to be banned, and this is a step towards that. Like Carolyn McCarthy and the “shoulder thing that goes up”, they don’t need to know what it is to ban it, they just know it has to do with guns, and guns must be banned. For those who missed “the shoulder thing that goes up”…
But of course, DeGette isn’t an idiot, she merely “misspoke”:
DeGette’s spokeswoman Juliet Johnson issued a statement Wednesday, saying the congresswoman mispoke.
“The Congresswoman has been working on a high-capacity assault magazine ban for years, and has been deeply involved in the issue; she simply misspoke in referring to ‘magazines’ when she should have referred to ‘clips,’ which cannot be reused because they don’t have a feeding mechanism,” Johnson said. “Quite frankly, this is just another example of opponents of common-sense gun violence prevention trying to manipulate the facts to distract from the critical issue of keeping our children safe and keeping killing machines out of the hands of disturbed individuals. It’s more political gamesmanship that stands in the way of responsible solutions.”
It is kinda neat to see how many yapping leftist nonsense talking points can be cranked out in those few sentences: “common-sense” by someone who doesn’t understand what they’re trying to ban, and can’t understand that criminals don’t follow the law; “gun violence prevention” that only effects people who don’t commit violent acts to begin with; “manipulate the facts” being someone calling DeGette on her complete nonsense statements; “distract from the critical issue” being presenting opposing points and data that show her to be a clueless idiot; and “keeping our children safe” by, as Bill Whittle puts it “protecting the gazelle from the lion by taking the horns from the gazelle”; and “keeping killing machines out of the hands of disturbed individuals” which means banning everything from citizen use while guaranteeing that criminals will continue to enjoy greater power over their victims; “political gamesmanship” as a finger-pointing game against people who call her on her BS (again); and “responsible solutions” by which she means empowering the state and ignoring the Constitution and destroying citizens rights.
No, she isn’t just an idiot, she’s an ideologue anti-gun super-idiot, with ideologue anti-gun super-idiots on her staff. Clips are also totally and completely reusable:
From M1 Garands to Lee Enfields to SKSes to revolver moon-clips, pretty much every clip I can think of is reusable. I’m sure there are some obscure ones that can’t be, and clips like those that M16/M4 M855 ammo comes on are somewhat silly to reuse, but they can be reused.
But all of that doesn’t matter anyway, because if you need a gun and call for the police, you’ll probably be dead anyway.
“My question is: What about me?” the Denver citizen asked Rep. DeGette, arguing against limiting magazine capacity. “There may not be one bad guy that comes into my house… I have to change magazines? I am a serious disadvantage.”
“What about me?” he repeated.
After arrogantly smirking at his question, DeGette replied: “The good news for you, you live in Denver. The [Denver Police Department] would be there within minutes.”
“You’d probably be dead anyway if they had that kind of firepower.”
When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away, so that’s probably the case. At least she’s honest about how much she cares about her constituency. Disarmament equals death at the hands of an apathetic state. Just another reminder.