Senators are NOT self-defense experts – Don’t tell us what we can or can not use

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.

Needing more than 10 rounds in a self-defense situation is not an outlier, it is the norm.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. JBS on January 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    “Trust me.” ??? Sheldon is a true toady. He has drunk the Kool-Aid.
    Sheldon and his cronies are just trying to push their hackneyed agenda. Defining the language, controlling the narrative is the only way Democrats know to win any conversation. There is no debate. Gun bans are incremental confiscation.
    It is the oldest trick in debate. Get the witness to repeat your version and you are well on your way to making your point.
    Sheldon is really slimy.

  2. ricbee on January 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I’ll repeat,some old lady that her son armed with a 30 round mag to defend herself,may need every one of those rounds to save herself. She may be incapable of even changing the magazine but be fully able to keep pulling that trigger.

  3. Lynn on January 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Gayle Trotter did a great job, but Whitehouse is truly a male chauvinist and never heard the “little woman” make her point. I want to point out I haven’t used mc in 35 years, before today.

  4. Dimsdale on February 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Politicians aren’t experts on anything other than greasing their palms and covering their butts.


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