These are two people who should really pick topics to talk about where one of them actually has a friggin clue.Â From Illinois:
Jeff Berkowitz: What about the state, should there be some state controls on the sale of guns?
Terri Ann Wintermute: I donâ€™t have a problem with the waiting period. I donâ€™t have a problem with registration.
Jeff Berkowitz: Would you like to see a ban on assault weapons?
Terri Ann Wintermute: It depends on whatâ€™s on the list?
Jeff Berkowitz: Semi-automatics. How about that? Do we need more semi-automatics out there?
Terri Ann Wintermute: I donâ€™t know that we do.
Jeff Berkowitz: So, you might want to restrict semi-automatics.
Terri Ann Wintermute: It dependsâ€”Is it used for hunting? Is it used for sport?
Jeff Berkowitz: Well, you can hunt people or you can hunt deer.
Terri Ann Wintermute: Exactly. Or is it used for hunting people.
Jeff Berkowitz: So, the same gun can be used for multiple things. Do people who hunt deer need semi-automatics? Is that the way itâ€™s done, I donâ€™t know. I am not a hunter.
Terri Ann Wintermute: I donâ€™t know. I think you canâ€”thereâ€™s a description of whether it goes into the chamber–
WTF? Seriously, do either of you have any idea what you’re talking about?Â If not, do us all a favor: DON’T.Â Yes, semi-automatics are used for hunting, they are used for shooting clay pigeons. Even scary looking “assault weapons” are used for service rifle competition, and numerous other recreational activities.Â They are also damned useful for self-defense, as evidenced by the fact hat police are using them almost exclusively these days. Â So go get a clue, or leave it to people who actually know this stuff.
It scares me that “thereâ€™s a description of whether it goes into the chamber” is making public policy.