Why do politicians who push gun bans always start by touting their merits as a hunter and/or sports shooter?
Take U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, the moderate West Virginia Democrat who is usually a voice of reason but on guns repeats the same mistruths as so many of his colleagues. Speaking to CNN today, Manchin said this:
“I never thought I had a need for that type of a high-capacity automatic weapon. I like to shoot, I like to go out and hunt. I like to go out sports shooting. I do all of that. But I’ve never felt I needed something of that magnitude.”
I would certainly hope that anyone who likes to shoot, go out and hunt, and go out sports shooting would know that an AR-15 is not an automatic weapon. It’s one of the biggest lies of the gun control lobby — referring to semi-automatic civilian-grade weapons as fully-automatic military-grade weapons. Those who say it are either people who don’t know firearms and say it innocently because they’ve been duped, or people who are intentionally trying to mislead others.
So which one are you, Sen. Manchin?