Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is not a self-defense expert, and I don’t want him – or any other politician or government agency – telling me what is an acceptable firearm to use for self-defense. Every person, situation, neighborhood and home is totally different.
In this video, we have Sen. Whitehouse telling us the “government knows best” concerning which firearms are acceptable for self-defense. This guy knows how to play the game and as such, keeps bringing up 100-round capacity magazine drums for semi-automatic rifles. That is an extreme outlier example, and anyone who is familiar with them knows they are notoriously unreliable.
Did you know the Aurora, Colo. shooter had a semi-automatic rifle with a 100-round capacity magazine drum? I’m betting that you do, but I’m betting that you don’t know the magazine drum failed after firing only a few shots. Here is a second source.
The semiautomatic assault rifle used by the gunman in a mass shooting at a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie jammed during the attack, a federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press, which forced the shooter to switch to another gun with less fire power.
Call it a red herring or call it a straw-man argument. The fact is the use of a 100-round magazine during a mass shooting is rare to the point where it’s only been documented once, and it failed. That did not stop Whitehouse from continually bringing up 100-round capacity magazines.
You must understand, they are not talking about banning 100-round magazine drums, they are talking about the outright ban of all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. In New York, they banned all magazines that carry more than seven rounds.
This action is absolutely unacceptable, and puts the lives of people trying to defend themselves or their family at significant risk.
From the above video, note the question lawyer and gun rights activist Gayle Trotter asks.
Would had it been unreasonable for her to use a different gun to protect herself and her child?
I’m not trying to put words in her mouth, but she is simply asking that if a woman uses an AR-15 personal defense weapon with a 15 or 20-round magazine to protect herself and her child, would that be unreasonable?
During his answer, Whitehouse again goes to the extreme ridiculous example of using a 100-round magazine. This is political grandstanding and Whitehouse should be ashamed.