Gun owners take the time to know how the mechanics of firearms and gun safety. However, a recent statement by a Democrat from Denver underscores how many elected officials are uninformed about the operation and use of firearms.
Representative Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) attended a gun control forum hosted by the Denver Post. A question posed to her asked about why she opposed high capacity magazines. Her response was quite wrong as she was of the mindset that a magazine of bullets would be disposed after each use. Her premise was that in several years all of the high capacity magazines would be 'used up' and no longer a 'threat' for use. Obviously a firearms magazine can be reloaded after each use.
Here's Representative DeGette's complete statement without grammar corrections,
"These are ammunition, they're bullets, so the people who have those now, 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."
Degette's staff has been scrambling ever since to cover her lack of knowledge about magazines and firearms. By the way, Degette serves as the lead sponsor of the high-capacity magazine ban legislation in Congress.
For months since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many elected officials from the White House to Congress to the state/local level, have made errant comments that were covered by the mainstream media. This has occurred predominantly with Democrats. Hearings on Capitol Hill have had Congressmen and Senators wrongly describing firearms use. From explaining the difference between a magazine and a clip to promoting a shotgun as safer than a handgun (Biden), on and on, the Dems keep laying it on thick.
Whether they were ignorant about gun operation/terminology or deliberately deceiving the public, is another edgy point. Quite the point. If they are ignorant, what business do they have pushing legislation to infringe upon the Second Amendment? A elected official should defer to another who is well versed in firearms before attempting to restrict citizen access.
Many would agree this is a battle long sought by the Democrats and the Progressive left. Like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said, "Never let a crisis go to waste." And ever since Columbine and now Newtown, they are going in for the kill to restrict gun rights.
Under cover of the mainstream media, the left is hawking gun rights. MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC and others all key in on practically any tragedy involving a shooter. You'll see live on-site reporting and continual coverage for days. However, when news breaks about a civilian who defended their family or neighbor from a assailant using a firearm, the airwaves are silent.
Now, more than ever Americans supporting gun rights need to be vigilant and vocal about protecting the Second Amendment. Elected officials must be held accountable. Establishing continual contact with your federal, state and local officials is key. Conservatives and gun owners alike are waking up to the new expectation to be engaged as a citizen throughout the year and not just Election Day.