Thursday, February 13, 2014

Colorado GOP Senator: "a good thing that he (Aurora Theater Shooter) had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed."

I found this story on both Daily Kos, and Talking Points Memo.  I'm still trying to wrap my head around the absurd logic of this story.  From TPM:
According to KDVR, state Sen. Bernie Herpin (R) made the comments during a hearing debating legislation he has proposed that would overturn the state's new ban on magazines of more than 15 rounds. A measure similar to Herpin's was voted down on Monday by Democrats in the state's House.
“My understanding is that James Holmes bought his 100-round capacity magazine legally,” state Sen. Irene Aguilar (D) said to Herpin during the hearing. “So in fact, this law would have stopped James Holmes from purchasing a 100-round magazine. ... I just wondered if you agree with me.”
“Perhaps, James Holmes would not have been able to purchase a 100-round magazine,” Herpin said in response. “As it turned out, that was maybe a good thing that he had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed. If he had instead had four, five, six 15-round magazines, no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up.”
Herpin was elected in September to replace former state Senate President John Morse, a Democrat who faced a recall following his support of gun control measures.
Talking Points Memo also has the audio here:

Fox 31 Denver, has more on this story.

It is a "good thing" that the 100-round magazine jammed?  What if the 100-round magazine did not jam?  Would Holmes have killed more than 12 people, and injured more than 170 people in the Aurora theater shooting?  Is that responsible gun control--hoping gun magazines jam?

The madness of Republican politicians.

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