It was only a matter of time before someone with more typing skill than common sense at the NC Democrat Party decided to weigh in on gun control. What sparked the outburst was newly sworn in Republican Governor Pat McCrory telling everyone what they already knew.
McCrory said the anti-gun people are just shooting themselves in the foot with the discussion about banning assault weapons. “You are only getting more people to buy new guns,” he said. “This is foolish.”
Well, duh! The Obama administration is just riding the anti-gun issue so that he can avoid having to talk about the economy and the “fiscal cliff” he’s trying to drive us over. In the process, everyone who has even considered buying a semi-auto rifle has ran out and purchased one. Or is trying to and is pissed off that all the other jerks have bought them up. Once again the Obama administration has proven that the only part of the economy they can stimulate is the firearms sector.
Here’s what the NC Democrat Party had to say about that.
This is appalling. The Governor has gone off the edge, hand in hand the radical right-wing, on the issue of gun control in this state and in this country. This is a time for a common sense, solution-oriented discussion. This is a time for North Carolinians to have a serious, thoughtful conversation about what we can do to ensure that the senseless, brutal murder that we saw in Newtown, CT, never happens here. North Carolina needs a Governor who is willing to take on the tough questions, and show true leadership on this issue. Instead, what we’re left with, is Governor McCrory dismissing gun control efforts as “foolish.” North Carolinians should be disgusted. Foolish, Governor? Foolish? Would he say that to the families of the 335 North Carolinians who were shot and killed in 2011 (the last year that data is readily available)? Would he say that to the families of the 87 people across the United States that are gunned down every day? That it’s “foolish” to think that this country would be a safer place without assault weapons? That it’s “foolish” to think that military-style clips have no place on this country’s streets? Would he say it to Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, to the families of the 32 people killed at Virginia Tech, or the 12 killed in Aurora, CO? Would he say that to the families of the 27 people, including 20 children, that were killed last month in Newtown? Governor McCrory should be ashamed. North Carolinians deserve better.
That’s how it looks on the page. No paragraphs, nothing.
I sent an email to Clay Pittman, the spokesman who released this press release, which even the reliably liberal News and Observer called “breathless,” asking some specific questions. I was basically told to read the NC Democrat Party Platform if I wanted to know what the Democrat Party stood for.
Here’s the email I sent Clay
I have read your press release. I have a few questions on some of your points.
- Would he say that to the families of the 335 North Carolinians who were shot and killed in 2011 (the last year that data is readily available)?
Since the discussion revolves around semi-automatic rifles, which you refer to as “assault weapons,” the total number of people murdered in North Carolina in 2011 with rifles is 23, not 335. 61 were murdered with knives, 39 with hands, fists, and feet, and for a total of 36 the method was “unknown.”
Are you seriously suggesting that Governor McCrory should work to ban the single most popular rifle sold in the US (the AR-15) when more people were murdered with hands, fists, and feet than with all rifles combined?
- Would he say that to the families of the 87 people across the United States that are gunned down every day?
According to a reputable source (the FBI rather than the Daily Beast) a total of 8,583 people were murdered with firearms in the US in 2011. (323 with rifles!) That works out to 23.5 people “gunned down every day,” not 87. In order to get to 87 you have to add in suicides with guns. How do you justify implying that the gun related murder rate in the US is 3.7 times higher than it actually is?
- That it’s “foolish” to think that this country would be a safer place without assault weapons?
How do you define “assault weapon.” How is that “assault weapon” functionally different than any other semi-automatic rifle? The AR-15 rifle is the single most popular rifle sold in the US. The Supreme Court, in Heller, decided that pistols could not be banned because they were arms “in common use.” Given, as I have explained above, that 323 out of 8,583 murders in the US and 23 out of 335 in North Carolina were murdered with rifles of any type, how can you justify banning the single most popular rifle sold? Do you not agree that the AR-15, a rifle you would probably call an “assault weapon” is an arm “in common use?” Is it the North Carolina Democratic Party’s platform that semi-automatic rifles should be banned?
- That it’s “foolish” to think that military-style clips have no place on this country’s streets?
What is a “military-style clip?” I have never heard that term before. The part of the firearm where the ammunition is stored is called a “magazine.” Some magazines are detachable. The standard 30 round magazine for an AR-15 is one such detachable magazine. Is it the North Carolina Democratic Party’s platform that standard capacity 30 round magazines for an AR-15 should be banned?
I will be pleased to post your complete response, plus any additional information you wish to present at my blog, www.NCGunBlog.com
Sean D Sorrentino
The responses I got were
For information on what the NCDP supports, please find our platform here: http://www.ncdp.org/sites/ncdp/files/2012_NCDP_Platform.pdf
And the President’s plan for gun control here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/president-obamas-remarks-on-new-gun-control-proposals-jan-16-2013-transcript/2013/01/16/528e7758-5ffc-11e2-b05a-605528f6b712_story.html
The state party will support the President’s agenda. NCGA members are free to make their own policy decisions.
Sounds to me like he ran off at the keyboard and is unable to defend his position.
So you know what to do. Call all the Democrat Reps and Senators and ask them if they support the newly articulated NC Democrat policy of banning so called ”assault weapons” and “military-style clips,” whatever the heck they are. Ask them if they want to ban semi-auto rifles and standard capacity magazines. If they say yes, ask them if they enjoy being outnumbered in both houses of the NC General Assembly 2 to 1. Because if they don’t repudiate this position immediately, they will forever be a rump party.
Feel free to tell Clay what you think of his press release. He has helpfully left his phone number on the press release.