Saturday, April 6, 2013

I Wish There Were An IQ Test For Political Office

Again, if a timid, un-worldly priest like myself knows more about how guns work than those who are writing public policy and signing it into law, there may be a problem with the system.

A couple of days ago, I noted that Kathleen Sebelius doesn't seem to know how insurance works. Now Colorado's senior Democratic representative, who wants to ban extended magazines, appears to reveal that she doesn't know how the magazines that she wants to ban actually work.

Did Obama tell a Democratic audience that a “fully automatic weapon” was used at Newtown?

"Either (a) O’s referring to a different shooting, which I doubt, (b) I missed an update to the Newtown story, (c) he knows something we don’t, or (d) he has roughly the same mastery of gun fundamentals as magazine expert Diana DeGette."

For those who, like the President of the United States, don't know, fully automatic weapons have been illegal for civilian use since 1934.

This information might help:
Police have identified Lanza's gun as an M4-style carbine made by Bushmaster, specifically the Bushmaster XM15-E2S. Bushmaster explains that designation this way (emphasis added): "XM for Experimental Model, 15 for semi-automatic and E2S is second generation receivers with added reinforcing." Not only is this gun not "a fully automatic weapon"; it did not even qualify as an "assault weapon" under Connecticut law (or under the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004, which used similar criteria). We know that because police say Lanza's mother purchased it legally in Connecticut.