Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), who received a $5,000 donation from the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign but offered “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre, explains that AR-15s aren’t “dangerous.” Which begs the question, why own one then? I own a handgun because it is dangerous and will only use it for self-defense if it’s ever necessary.
The gunman owned 49 weapons, in total, so MSNBC host Willie Geist asked Cole if he was “alarmed at all” about that. Mind you, with a legal add-on, an AR-15 has the potential of firing 900 rounds per minute, but that’s not scary at all, right? The Las Vegas shooter had two bump stock devices, allowing him the capability to speed fire.
“I have friends that have that many weapons,” Cole told the MSNBC host. “That’s not uncommon in my part of the country. I mean, I literally could tick off 10 names right now of people — they’re collectors, they’re sportsmen. This is something they do. They’re not a threat to anybody. Quite the opposite. They are some of the most solid citizens in my state.”
Well, jinkies, if Mr. NRA knows a guy who isn’t a threat then no one is a threat.
“I’m very fierce about the Second Amendment,” he continued. “And again, I know most of the people that own these weapons — I mean, like 99.99 percent aren’t a threat to anybody.”
Geist asked Cole about why U.S. civilians would need a military-grade weapons such as AR-15 rifles.
“There’s millions of them in circulation,” he said. “When they’re used appropriately, they’re not dangerous.”
“They have to be dangerous!” Geist shot back.
“So, again, so are some trucks driving into crowds,” Cole said for some reason we cannot explain. “So again, I don’t see that as the obvious answer.”
Well, if Cole’s buddies aren’t a danger to society, then it’s all good and we have nothing to worry about. It’s almost like he’s saying that the deadliest mass shooting in recent history didn’t just happen. There are 300 million legally owned guns in the U.S., by the way. Our country is saturated with guns and our elected officials are owned by the NRA.
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