The mainstream media deserve a lot of credit. Among all the attempts to sound reasonable about gun control, liberal journalists have kept a fairly tight lid on the ultimate agenda behind all their incrementalist calls for banning “assault weapons” (as if a semi-automatic rifle fits that description).
On CNN, the network’s political analyst Kirsten Powers went ahead and spilled the beans to host Jake Tapper, along with conservative contributor Mary Katharine Ham.
“I want it let you respond to what Kirsten said earlier about the AR-15 and semiautomatic weapons, pointing the blame at them,” Tapper asked. “I don’t think you agree?”
“Well, is the answer to ban them?” Ham asked.
“Yes,” Powers responded.
“All semiautomatic rifles?” Tapper inquired.
“I appreciate the honestly,” Ham said. “The problem is that the courts and the institution stand in your way.”
“I was trying to answer,” Powers responded.
“Go ahead,” Tapper said.
“Well, no, I mean, I think there could be things you can do if somebody wanted to have one,” Powers said. “I actually have friends who believe they are toys, and so they want to use them at a shooting range, and then you can have something where they keep them locked in the shooting range and use them there.”
“But you don’t have to have that to protect your house,” Powers continued. “Look, I say this all the time. I grew up in Alaska, had 12 guns, I’m not anti-gun. We were more than able to protect our house with a shotgun. I don’t know why you need this kind of gun when you weigh it against the damage of — I really urge people to read the article by a doctor talking about the difference of what she treats gunshot victims all the time.”
“Because it’s the number of bullets going in?” Tapper asked.
“It’s the number, but it’s the velocity it hits you,” Powers said.
“How do you regulate that?” Tapper asked.
“And far more gun crime, and more gun violence, is committed with handguns. So is the next step them?” Ham asked.
“Actually, they are banned in a lot of places,” Powers said.
“Do we have less gun crime in those places?” Ham asked.
“Like, Chicago, people go to states that don’t have them ban, buy them, run them into Chicago and sell them,”Powers argued, “So, actually, if they were banned everywhere, we might have a different outcome.”
We might have a different outcome. On the other hand, the data show that this is not the case.
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