When trying to push legislation that would affect the entire country in very drastic ways, you’d figure you’d want to sound at least a little knowledgable about the subject you’re passing laws around, but in many a Democrat’s case, it really boils down to how sensationalistic you can be. Truth be damned.
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, for instance, told reporters that she’s held an AR-15 and began describing it. To say that the description was “off” is an understatement.
“I held an AR-15 in my hand, I wish I hadn’t. It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving. And the bullet that is utilized, a .50 caliber, these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street,” she said.
“I held an AR-15 in my hand, I wish I hadn’t. It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving. And the bullet that is utilized, a .50 caliber, these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street.” – Rep. @JacksonLeeTX18 pic.twitter.com/U71ir6BHZH
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) September 23, 2019
Let’s go over some obvious things. For one, AR-15’s don’t fire 50 calibur rounds, it fires 5.56 or 223. A 50 cal is so powerful that you have to have a different kind of gun to fire it. A 5.56 round has trouble penetrating trees, whereas a 50 cal is what you fire when you want to hit the guy hiding behind the refrigerator at your neighbor’s house, or at least that’s the case for some types.
Also, the average AR-15 weighs just over six pounds, with around an extra pound added after you put in a magazine filled with ammo. A large moving box by itself is just over two pounds, so three of those would equal the weight of your AR-15. Jackson Lee, however, wants us to believe an AR-15 weighs ten of these boxes on moving day, filled with items.
I feel silly even having to clear this up.
Thing is, this is the Democrat’s method when it comes to pushing agendas. It’s sensationalism and scaremongering before facts. Jackson Lee knows her constituency isn’t going to go and look up proof, so like the rest of the anti-gun Democrats, she’ll tell blatant lies that may scare people into supporting her.
The truth is likely that she’s never held an AR-15 before despite her claim that she has. It could also be possible that she held a completely different gun and thought she was holding an AR-15. Either way, she’s not coming off as knowledgable and is looking more like Steve Carells’ character in 40-Year-Old Virgin when he’s trying to describe having sex when he never has.