Sheila Jackson Lee Confuses AR-15 for 10 Moving Boxes and a Heavy Machine Gun
UPDATE: Jason Howerton should have credited PJMedia's own Nicholas Ballasy, who posted the original video from which Howerton seems to have grabbed a clip.
Introducing her new gun control legislation, Congresscritter Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) proved conclusively that she's just too uninformed to go anywhere near the subject. She claims to have "held an AR-15 in my hand," which weighed as much as "10 boxes that you might be moving." She also claimed the rifle fired a .50 caliber round, and that "these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street."
Here's the video:
If Lee wants to ban 90-pound .50 caliber AR-15s, I say, "Why not?" While she's at it, Lee could put a ban on flying cars, unicorns, and doing seven impossible things before breakfast. If Lee wants to get heavy .50 machine guns off the streets, well, first she's going to have to get some on the streets.
Here's Jason Howerton again to show you the difference between the .223 rounds fired by most AR-15s and an actual .50 caliber machine-gun round. Lee's claim is a lot like mistaking a Cadillac Fleetwood 75 for a Smart Fortwo.
My AR-15 weighs about 7.5 pounds unloaded, and a bit more with a 10- or 30-round magazine filled with common .223 rounds. Or rather I should say it did, before I lost it and my banned 30-round magazines in a tragic fishing accident shortly before Colorado's 30-round magazine ban went into effect. Other popular AR-15 attachments and modifications include scopes, laser designators, the chainsaw bayonet, and of course under-barrel landshark launcher. But even a fully-loaded and heavily modified AR-15 isn't going to weigh anything near the same as ten moving boxes.
This isn't the first time someone with an anti-gun agenda beclowned themselves so publicly. Two years ago USA Today published an "educational" video on the dangers of AR-15 modifications, including -- yes, really -- a chainsaw bayonet. And former Democrat New York Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington once tried to explain why she's against certain types of ammo: "Some of these bullets, as you saw, have an incendiary device on the tip of it, which is a heat seeking device. So, you don't shoot deer with a bullet that size. If you do you could cook it at the same time."
If there were such a thing as heat-seeking bullets that pre-cooked venison, I'd have a lot fewer deer crowding the little roads in my neighborhood, and I'd save a fortune on charcoal.
Brian McCrery was only joking, but still, a shooter can dream, can't he?