Political Editors / September 25, 2019

Another Nonsense Gun-Grabber Assertion

Sheila Jackson Lee erroneously describes her “experience” with an AR-15.

Anti-gun activists know almost nothing about firearms, but that doesn’t stop them from claiming to know how best to regulate them. Over the years, we’ve noted some of the more absurd statements made by anti-Second Amendment politicians. Well, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has served up yet another doozy. She asserted, “I held an AR-15 in my hand. I wish I hadn’t. It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving. And the bullet that is utilized, a .50 caliber — these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street.” Were those boxes empty, and if not why would anyone in their right mind want to attempt to defend themselves using a firearm that was so impractical and unwieldy? Would not a light-weight firearm be preferable? But we digress.

Powerline’s John Hinderaker notes, “An AR-15 weighs maybe seven or eight pounds … so Ms. Lee can’t possibly have held one.” Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey adds, “It’s this kind of ignorance, professed proudly in front of any cameras on hand, that contributes to the disconnect between the governing class and the 60 million American firearms owners who know better. It’s pretty darned tough to argue that Congress can be trusted to craft restrictions on gun ownership when they can’t even get this much right even after holding the weapon. Or claiming to do so, anyway.” And virtually all AR-15s are in .223 caliber, not .50.

Remember some of the other insanely idiotic things Democrats have said about firearms over the years?

Rep. Carolyn Maloney: “We need to ban the massacre machine gun magazines.”

Rep. Carolyn MaCarthy: A barrel shroud is a “shoulder thing that goes up.”

And that’s not to mention the long list of crazy things they’ve said about the Second Amendment. But we’re supposed to trust them to regulate guns?


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