Why bother knowing what you’re talking about

5 Apr

Diana-DeGette-sizedWe’ve been pointing out the verbal shortcomings to too many Republicans lately.

It’s time to invite a Democratic to the party.

Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado is trying to get both her feet out of her mouth after she flubbed the facts on what a gun magazine actually is.

The goof came at a gun debate in Denver.

Questioned on what’s to be done with the millions of high-capacity magazines already in circulation, DeGette confidently said they’d be thrown away once they’re used.

“I will tell you these are ammunition — bullets — so the people who have those now they are going to shoot them, and 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.”

Heh.

Magazines can be filled with more bullets and that makes them reusable.

In an effort to get out of this, her spokeswoman issued a statement saying the congresswoman, who has worked on a high-capacity magazine ban for years, “simply misspoke”.

“She should have referred to ‘clips,’ which cannot be reused because they don’t have a feeding mechanism.”

Heh.

Clips can also be reused — and the original question asked specifically about high-capacity magazines, not clips.

This feeds into long-running complaints by gun-rights groups that lawmakers trying to regulate firearms do not understand the issue.

“Representative Diana DeGette appears not to understand how guns work,” sniffed the National Rifle Association.

It ended simply with, “Two words: Pretty stupid.”

We agree.

This is the lady who once said, “When seconds count – Denver police are just minutes away”.

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