The Republican Party is that of Richard Mourdock (R-IN), Todd Akin (R-MO), Michele Bachman (R-MN) and, now, Tim Scott (R-SC). Senator-Designate Scott ( replacing Jim DeMint) has proposed his Home State building a Monument to Fetuses. So, Mr. Scott seems to be in very good company. Just think of the Republican Primaries….
Now, there are those on the “Rigfht” who are suggesting that the Principal, at Sandy Hook, should have had an Assault Rifle, so that she could have taken the attacker out before he could do more damage. Did they teach Counterinsurgency at her College? Is the NRA growing senile? Some in the GOP?
Some people, at the Movie Theater in Aurora, had weapons; but, they realized that they couldn’t use them–in a dark theater. In Phoenix, when Congressman Gabby Giffords was shot, another person with a gun couldn’t tell who was the assailant. The first person that he aimed at eventually turned-out to get the assailant. Luckily, he hesitated.
Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) was on television tonight, saying that he would support banning Assault Weapons. However, he then went into a definitional mode and qualified “Assault” as being One Pull on the Trigger. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said that Any Weapon that enabled an assailant to shoot many people, in quick order, was Assault to him. Which would you agree with?
Actually, “Assault” does mean that a weapon can fire multiple shots on one pull of the trigger. But, with High Capacity Magazines, many people can be shot. Perhaps the High Capacity Magazines will change what “Assault” means. A Semi-Automtic (“Non-Assault”) Weapon moves another shell into the chamber when one is fired, allowing another pull, and so on. So, multiple pulls on the trigger can shoot many people–especially in close quarters. Isn’t this definitional nonsense somewhat like being a little bit pregnant?