Trying to regain some credibility following what she calls an “inartfully (sic) stated” gaffe regarding ammunition magazines at a Denver Post forum, Congresswoman Diana DeGette is now claiming in an Op-Ed published Friday that the “gun lobby” has seized her remarks to silence and discredit her.
“As I have learned in two decades of work on gun violence prevention issues, the gun lobby takes every opportunity to intimidate, and attempt to silence, anyone who stands up to fight to make our families safer,” DeGette writes. “They have done it for decades, and this week, as I continued my pursuit of common-sense gun violence prevention, I found myself in their sights.”
Nobody in the firearms community is trying to silence DeGette, who put herself in the spotlight. Indeed, it has been gun rights activists, like those at Northwest Firearms and Defensive Carry, who have spread her now-infamous video clip far and wide, showing the world how little she really knows about the product she is demonizing and attempting to ban. They want her comments to be heard and repeated, especially that brief exchange with one of her constituents in which she seemed amused that he might be dead by the time Denver police arrived at his home in response to a violent home invasion.
“For those of us who have fought for years to enact responsible gun violence prevention laws, the fervor these remarks has created is nothing new,” DeGette states.
The “fervor” is a natural reaction from knowledgeable firearms owners whose civil rights anti-gunners like DeGette endeavor to trample with insidious measures like magazine bans, when even she admits, “A high-capacity magazine ban will not stop an individual intent upon doing harm…”
As this column pointed out Feb. 27, a video range test featuring Boone County, Indiana Sheriff Ken Campbell – the kind of law enforcement professional who refuses to be a prop for politicians pandering “responsible gun violence prevention laws” – demolishes the myth of high-capacity magazines.
DeGette’s defense of her indefensible remarks and ineffectual magazine capacity limits insists that banning their possession “would give those victims in their sights a fighting chance when the gunman has to stop and reload.”
Fighting chance? With what? Their own legally-carried self-defense handgun? Their own legally-owned semi-automatic modern sport-utility rifle, the kind of gun DeGette and her colleagues are keen to ban? In a “gun-free” zone?
Rep. DeGette contends the facts “have been obfuscated…to distract from the pursuit of meaningful efforts to reduce gun violence.”
Facts such as this one, perhaps: Rifles of any kind, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, are used in a fraction of murders annually?
Rep. DeGette put her own foot in her own mouth. Now she is trying to shift blame for looking the fool by asserting, “In the age of social media, the playbook has taken on a new vicious and viral quality, as half-truths and distorted facts can be spread to thousands of their allies over the Internet for mobilization purposes.”
It is not vicious when one’s own words causes an embarrassment to “go viral,” and when it comes to half-truths and distorted facts, anti-gunners are the undisputed experts.