As our nation goes down a path of passing gun control legislation, we have to stop and wonder if our representatives even understand what they are talking about. So the question that gun owners are asking today is “Do these representatives even know what they are talking about?”
The answer to that is dubious right now, with with the comments of Rep. Diana DeGette at a meeting in Denver, CO. While participating in a Denver Post forum on gun control she began talking about how magazines are bullets and will decrease in numbers as people shoot them. The video can be found here.
What’s the efficacy of banning these magazine clips? I will tell you, these are ammunition, they’re bullets,” She said.
She continuing that statement with “ the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them, she number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will be shot and there won’t be any more available.”
The comments she made drew a laugh from the audience.
According to Juliet Johnson, the spokesperson for Rep. DeGette, the congresswoman “misspoke.” She also told the Denver Post that “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,”
So which is it? Clips can be reused as well, so they are not going to disappear as they are used. So even with the correction that was issued from her office, the correction is also wrong. So some are saying that it can be definitively state that Rep. DeGette has absolutely no idea what she is talking about when it comes to ammunition feeding devices for firearms.
When Rep. DeGette introduced a bill earlier this year to ban so called high capacity magazines. Rep. DeGette makes the claim that what she calls high capacity magazines “have enabled high numbers of casualties in almost every recent mass shooting in American history.”
What her statement shows is the complete lack of knowledge about firearms, their parts and how they function. Yet Rep. DeGette feels that she is qualified to try to pass legislation about something that she doesn’t even understand. Many online forums, from second amendment to hunting forums are discussing this very topic online right now.
Many are beginning to ask what else our elected officials have worked on, or passed in the way of restrictions without knowing anything about the topic. Earlier this year there was general outrage over the warrantless search portion of the ban on so called “assault weapons.” Senators Kine and Kohl-Welles claimed they didn’t even know that there was a provision in the bill that would allow law enforcement to come into your home to inspect your assault weapons without a warrant, or cause.
“I frankly should have vetted this more closely.” Senator Kohl-Welles told Danny Westneat for this article in the Seattle Times. Even though Sen. Kohl-Welles sponsored the same bill, with the same language three other times in the past.
When we are subject to laws that lawmakers pass “on our behalf.” I one would venture a guess that they would either research the topic themselves, or have a staffer that does some research, and gives them relevant information. But more often we are seeing that the opposite is true, especially with gun control. Our elected officials have no idea what they are talking about, and yet we, the citizens, are the ones that will lose in the end.