I was traveling when this ABC interview was done with New York Cities Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It’s completely full of fail for the gun control mayor. I’ve referred to his “stupidity” in the headline, but I’m more likely to think he knows exactly what he’s talking about and he’s speaking to the low-information crowd who will take what he says and run with it.
Lie after lie.
When asked about the terrorist watch list, Bloomberg suggested the NRA is so powerful they are forcing Congress to allow those on the watch list to purchase firearms. Of course we all know how accurate that watch list is, and I know of no effort by the NRA to squash legislation suggesting those who are terrorists be allowed access to firearms in the United States. It’s a straw-man argument.
Bloomberg also stated there are armor-piercing bullets available for sale here in the United States. Not so much since it’s no longer being imported or made. Sure, you can probably find some to buy, but Bloomberg’s concern is ammo that can penetrate the vests law enforcement use. AP ammo is certainly not the only ammunition that can penetrate a vest, almost all ammunition used in hunting rifles would penetrate a standard vest worn by LEOs.
It’s perfectly legal to possess, purchase, sell or shoot armor piercing ammunition. It’s not legal to manufacture or import armor piercing ammunition.
In order to manufacture armor piercing (AP) rounds, you have to hold a type 10 FFL (18 USC sec. 922(a)(7)). In order to import AP rounds, you have to hold a type 11 FFL (18 USC sec. 922(a)(7)). If you hold either one of these FFLs, it’s not legal to sell or export AP rounds, except to military, law enforcement (18 USC sec. 922(a)(8)). In addition, if you hold a type 06-08 FFL (manufactures of firearms, importers of firearms, manufactures of ammunition), then you also my not sell AP rounds to the general public.
The last time I saw a deer wearing a bulletproof vest was a long time ago. The only reason you would buy an armor-piercing bullet is to kill a cop.
Again, most LEOs wear a vest designed to be resistent to penetration from handgun rounds, not rifle rounds. Yes, there are vests that will be able to stop some rifle rounds, but they are not normally worn outside of the battlefield in places like Afghanistan where our armed forces are rarely shot at with a handgun. Bloomberg is again twisting the truth.
Bloomberg continued with stating President Obama signed legislation allowing you to “carry a gun on amtrak.” This is a complete lie. You can not do this, but the legislation does allow you to check your guns in when traveling by train just like you can do when flying commercial via any airline.
He also made the error suggesting the 2nd Amendment was about hunting and that’s not the case at all!
If you haven’t hit the deer with three shots. You are a lousy shot and the deer deserves to get away.
Is Bloomberg suggesting if you use a rifle for home defense, you’ve only got three shots to stop the threat? Remember, if you miss or don’t stop the threat, Bloomberg thinks you deserve to die. (Yup, I said it.)
He then goes on to specifically define assault weapons as fully automatic guns. One pull of the trigger equals “bup-bup-bup-bup-bup-bup.” He used the sound effect and everything. So in-other-words he wants to restrict fully automatic guns that are already severely restricted, extremely expensive to purchase and rarely if ever used in crimes.
He doubles-down with the fully automatic mistake, by accepting the use of high capacity magazines for rifles but he can’t figure out why hunters would need them.
If you have a big magazine you’ll solve your problem. You still have to pull a trigger. But 30, 20, 10 bullets before you run out, I would suggest the deer is … God wants that deer to live.
Again, the mayor goes back to hunting. It’s not about hunting Mayor Bloomberg. No matter how many times you say it, it’s not about hunting.