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February 24, 2018

WE’RE MSNBC, WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ FACTS: Poor Stephanie Ruhle really ought to check her basic facts before tweeting. She said that:

Also remember that Reagan was surrounded by the secret service in 1981…yet, he was shot. How will teachers with guns protect students? How does the best marksman in the world with a handgun take down a shooter with an AR-15 (bullets travel 3x faster)

Let’s leave the question of armed teachers aside for a moment, and let’s even leave aside the irrelevance of “bullet speed” (what genius made that a talking point?).

What she ought have asked is whether the Secret Service carry only handguns. Um, nope. She could learned in 5 seconds that the Presidential detail carries a FN P90 submachine gun, as well as the 9mm Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun. So very facepalm.
** Disclosure: I used to work with her at Bloomberg, were friends (so I thought) but she was one of the folks who defriended me on Facebook for not being a Clinton cheerleader**