Video: Carolyn McCarthy doesn’t understand her own gun-control legislation

posted at 10:54 pm on April 18, 2007 by Allahpundit

I wish I could show you the bill (H.R. 1859) but the text isn’t online at Thomas yet. It’s probably identical or nearly identical to this bill, which she introduced in February, to reinstate the assault-weapons ban. Tucker Carlson scrounged up a copy and put a simple question to her: since she’s so worried about weapons with barrel shrouds, could she at least explain to the viewers what a “barrel shroud” is?

This is why Eisner’s so hot for the “emotional, story-driven” approach.

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For home protection I prefer my 870 with 00 buck. When travelling: Have Glock, will travel.

SPIFF1669 on April 19, 2007 at 1:30 PM

Classic! ‘it’s a shoulder thing that goes up’, ‘No, it’s not’

I’m rolling.

doginblack on April 19, 2007 at 2:42 PM

For home protection I prefer my 870 with 00 buck. When travelling: Have Glock, will travel.

Just curious. Aren’t you worried that 00 buck will blow through drywall and hit an unintended? I have an 870 also, but load #4 buck for the first 4 rounds and then the last 2 are 00 stoppers (just in case).

nico on April 19, 2007 at 4:19 PM

Rounds!! Oops. Shells.

nico on April 19, 2007 at 4:26 PM

.410 pump with buckshot is best for home defense.
its the same caliber really as a 45 long colt with the same stopping power. However the buckshot reduces the danger of going through drywall and hitting unintended targets.
Plus in a close quarter situation you don’t want the flash and noise and smoke of a large caliber shotgun ringing in your ears and obstructing you vision with smoke.

…Just sayin’

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on April 19, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Wasteland: Noted. Thanks.

But, I’m thinking maybe we’re both wrong. Maybe we should just get one of those barrel shrouds. I hear they’re deadly.

I mean, sheeesh, it’s “a shoulder thing that goes up”!

It even sounds scary.

nico on April 19, 2007 at 4:57 PM

I thought we had the most ‘intelligent’ Congresswoman in California. Oldie, but goodie…

Waters told the rallied, “I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion.”

Entelechy on April 19, 2007 at 5:40 PM

Forget what a barrel shroud is…

I want to know what “a shoulder thing that goes up” is.

I don’t think I have one and better get one before they are banned.

F15Mech on April 19, 2007 at 6:33 PM


Crime rate plummeted after law required firearms for residents

As the nation debates whether more guns or fewer can prevent tragedies like the Virginia Tech Massacre, a notable anniversary passed last month in a Georgia town that witnessed a dramatic plunge in crime and violence after mandating residents to own firearms.

In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite dire predictions of “Wild West” showdowns and increased violence and accidents, not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting – as a victim, attacker or defender.

The crime rate initially plummeted for several years after the passage of the ordinance, with the 2005 per capita crime rate actually significantly lower than it was in 1981, the year before passage of the law.

Prior to enactment of the law, Kennesaw had a population of just 5,242 but a crime rate significantly higher (4,332 per 100,000) than the national average (3,899 per 100,000). The latest statistics available – for the year 2005 – show the rate at 2,027 per 100,000. Meanwhile, the population has skyrocketed to 28,189.

By comparison, the population of Morton Grove, the first city in Illinois to adopt a gun ban for anyone other than police officers, has actually dropped slightly and stands at 22,202, according to 2005 statistics. More significantly, perhaps, the city’s crime rate increased by 15.7 percent immediately after the gun ban, even though the overall crime rate in Cook County rose only 3 percent. Today, by comparison, the township’s crime rate stands at 2,268 per 100,000.

This was not what some predicted.

In a column titled “Gun Town USA,” Art Buchwald suggested Kennesaw would soon become a place where routine disagreements between neighbors would be settled in shootouts. The Washington Post mocked Kennesaw as “the brave little city … soon to be pistol-packing capital of the world.” Phil Donahue invited the mayor on his show.

Reuters, the European news service, today revisited the Kennesaw controversy following the Virginia Tech Massacre.

Police Lt. Craig Graydon said: “When the Kennesaw law was passed in 1982 there was a substantial drop in crime … and we have maintained a really low crime rate since then. We are sure it is one of the lowest (crime) towns in the metro area.” Kennesaw is just north of Atlanta.

The Reuters story went on to report: “Since the Virginia Tech shootings, some conservative U.S. talk show hosts have rejected attempts to link the massacre to the availability of guns, arguing that had students been allowed to carry weapons on campus someone might have been able to shoot the killer.”

Virginia Tech, like many of the nation’s schools and college campuses, is a so-called “gun-free zone,” which Second Amendment supporters say invites gun violence – especially from disturbed individuals seeking to kill as many victims as possible.

Cho Seung-Hui murdered 32 and wounded another 15 before turning his gun on himself.

America1st on April 19, 2007 at 8:29 PM

Whoops, accidentally cut off the source information. World Net Daily article ( © 2007 )

America1st on April 19, 2007 at 8:31 PM

serpentineshel on April 19, 2007 at 8:27 AM

I know it’s not relevant to the subject under discussion here, but I must congratulate you on your screen name. It’s been so many years that it took me a couple of seconds to get it. Thanks for the fond memory!

p.v. cornelius on April 20, 2007 at 7:49 AM

Her idiot constituents deserve to represented by someone this stupid.

Dave R. on April 20, 2007 at 1:00 PM

There is a reason the mascot for the Democratic Party is an ass… but does it need to be demonstrated so darn often?

Mibrilane on April 20, 2007 at 3:17 PM


Thanks! Not a lot of folks do. Glad you got a smile.

serpentineshel on April 20, 2007 at 9:18 PM

Experiment, in the Halls of Congress, place a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic firearm, an empty clip, and a box of ammo in a clear glass case. Put next to it a timer. Start the timer. The timer will stop when “the gun”, without human interaction, is fired. Clock starts……….. now…

Imagine that, the clock is still ticking, and without human interaction, the “gun” has not “fired”, now what the fu”k?

Clock still ticking…….

PinkyBigglesworth on April 21, 2007 at 2:08 AM