Paul Helmke wants you to “ask the candidates why military guns are okay for the public“.
Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Thursday that the 30-round ammunition clips Robert Hawkins reportedly used in Wednesday’s shootings in Omaha would have been illegal to purchase under the assault-weapons ban.
Too bad that’s not true. You just had to buy pre-ban magazines, which were perfectly legal. Expensive at times, but if I wanted a 20 or 30 round magazine for someone, I just had to buy it. In fact, for Christmas one year I got a girl three milsurp 30 rounders for her AR.
“If this is something that can take a 30-round clip and fire them off quickly, it should be banned. This is a weapon of mass murder,” he said.
You know, I’m actually glad that he said that. It demonstrates quite clearly their criteria for what should be banned – which means that your Ruger 10/22 is on the list, your cherry Yugo SKS is on the list, pretty much any semi-automatic firearm (except for shotguns) is on that list.
Helmke said Iowans should demand responses from the presidential candidates campaigning before the caucuses. He said they should ask why Americans are allowed to buy guns designed for the military.
“Basically, should the public be able to get the types of guns we use in Iraq?” he said.
And the final piece of the lie – the cherry on the sundae as it were. These are not the kind of guns we use in Iraq. These are semi-automatic rifles, they are not functionally different from semi-automatic hunting rifles, or expensive Benelli shotguns. There is a significant technological difference between an automatic military weapon, and the semi-automatic rifles that share the same appearance.