Many current and former denver police officers are not thrilled with today's event either. some say the president's request to have officers stand behind him during the speech makes them political props. the officers are being used to further a political cause that they do not believe in.
Rather than be exploited as tools of the Obama Optics Machine, some officers are speaking out and rejecting the president's agenda in no uncertain terms. While we're on the subjects of Denver and gun control, take a moment to marvel at the astonishing ignorance of Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), who is a lead sponsor of anti-gun legislation in the House. Via the Denver Post and Revealing Politics:
Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette has been the lead sponsor on a federal ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines in two Congresses, saying it’s one of her top priorities. But Tuesday at a Denver Post forum on the gun control debate, the senior congresswoman from Denver appeared to not understand how guns work. Asked how a ban on magazines holding more than 15 rounds would be effective in reducing gun violence, DeGette said: “I will tell you 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.” What she didn’t appear to understand is that a magazine can be reloaded with more bullets. According to the Shooter’s Log, only early on were magazines for AR-15s designed to be disposable, but the military changed that and now magazines are used several times. In handguns, a magazine is designed to be reused hundreds of times. After her remarks, the audience in the forum at The Denver Post building chuckled.
Of course the audience laughed. It's a preposterously stupid statement, DeGette's post-flub spin notwithstanding. Her spokespeople claim that she merely confused her terms and completely understands that magazines can be reloaded. Watch the clip and judge for yourself if that excuse flies. What's not a laughing matter is that such a prominent player in the gun control movement could be so breathtakingly clueless about the weapons she's trying to limit. What a slap in the face to law-abiding gun owners. Their moral and intellectual "betters" don't even respect the issue enough to master basic terminology and mechanics. Oh, and by the way, since Colorado instituted the new gun laws that Obama's in town to applaud, gun manufacturers are fleeing the state -- taking tax revenue and jobs with them.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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