Speaking at a gun control forum hosted by the Denver Post, longtime Rep. Diana DeGette illustrated why gun owners get so riled up at lawmakers proposing gun-control “solutions.” Plain and simple, they have no idea what they’re talking about. In answering a Denver resident’s concern that her proposal to ban high-capacity magazines would leave him outgunned by armed intruders, DeGette’s answer was that the supply of magazines would dry up over time. Yes, she thinks magazines are ammunition.
“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,” said Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., at a forum hosted by the Denver Post.
But magazines are re-loadable. That’s kind of the point of them. They are what one puts the ammunition in, not the ammunition itself.
DeGette’s office tried to clarify the blunder, with a spokeswoman saying that DeGette meant to say “clips,” not magazines. But clips, devices for quickly loading ammunition into a weapon, are mostly re-usable too.
So let’s get this straight—the lead sponsor of the bill to ban high-capacity magazines doesn’t understand what she’s talking about at all. She also said in response to the citizen’s concern about being outgunned, “you’d probably be dead anyway if they had that kind of firepower.” You can’t make this stuff up. Colion Noir weighs in: