Illinois’ senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, was at it once again mischaracterizing guns and the U.S. Constitution in his remarks on the floor of the Senate this week.
In just a single paragraph, Durbin packed in nearly half a dozen untruths about firearms, gun violence, and the Constitution on Wednesday, November 28.
Durbin was trying to use the deaths of three people at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital for his political agenda but warped every claim so far out of focus that it is hard to know where to start to correct his falsehoods.
If you are unaware, on November 19, a jilted lover took a pistol to Mercy Hospital and opened fire indiscriminately.
A Chicago police officer, a hospital doctor, and a pharmacist were killed by a Hispanic man named Juan Lopez, 32. Lopez was supposed to marry one of the victims, Doctor Tamara O’Neal, until she broke off the engagement. It apparently sent him over the edge.
So, this week, like any Democrat, Sen. Durbin was using the crime for his own political purposes on the Senate floor, but what he said was wrong in practically every way.
Per Chicago’s WLS AM:
On the floor of the senate, Durbin stood with an array of photos of the Mercy Hospital victims and called for a “clear line” to be drawn between those who use weapons for crime and those for sport.
“I heard recently there are 11 million AR-15s – a military style weapon – that are circulating in the United States of America. Does anyone in their wildest imagination think that’s what the founding fathers had in mind when they talked about the right to bear arms? That people would have these deadly military weapons. That they’d be used so often.”
Lets break these falsehoods down…
“I heard recently there are 11 million AR-15s – a military style weapon…”
The AR-15 is not a “military style weapon.” There is no army in the world that uses the AR-15 as an infantry field rifle. After all, it isn’t fully automatic, only a semi-auto.
“Does anyone in their wildest imagination think that’s what the founding fathers had in mind when they talked about the right to bear arms?”
Actually, yes. Yes we do. The founders intended the American people to have access to military grade weapons. So, if Durbin thinks the AR-15 is a “military-style weapon,” it is exactly the sort of weapon that the founders expected Americans to have in their homes.
After all, how does one form a militia meant to safeguard the home front without military weapons to repel invaders?
So, yes, Senator Durbin, the founders DID want us to have military weapons for our personal use.
“That people would have these deadly military weapons. That they’d be used so often.”
Again, not “military weapons.” But, he ended with an outright lie because Durbin is trying to make his listeners believe that AR-15s are used for murders, crimes and mass shootings all the time. But they just aren’t.
According to the Daily Signal:
Handguns were used in 19 times as many murders than rifles were in 2016, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting data. Handguns killed nine times as many persons as rifles, shotguns, and other guns did combined. The type of firearm used was unknown for about 28 percent of all firearm murders.
According to that 2016 FBI report, only 374 murders out of 15,070 were committed using rifles. And that isn’t just AR-15s, but rifles of all types. Indeed, 1,604 people were killed with knives, so rifles aren’t even a leading tool!
On top of all that, the Mercy Hospital killer didn’t even use a rifle. He used a handgun.
In the end, nearly every word Durbin uttered was a lie.
But, this is the same Senator who called American soldiers Nazis who creep around killing innocent people in the middle of the night.
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