After two mass shootings over the weekend, Democrats are trying to exploit the tragedies to push for gun control as well as bans on automatic weapons and ammunition.
One leftist talking point that has been making the rounds on social media is: “Who needs 100 rounds of ammunition?”
Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie just dismantled that argument with one fiery tweet.
“Some have asked, ‘who needs 100 rounds?'” he asked rhetorically.
“If 6 brave, trained, and alert police officers with professionally maintained weapons fired 58 rounds to subdue the Dayton shooter,” he explained, “I’d say my wife deserves at least that many chances to protect herself and my kids when I’m not home.”
Massie buttressed his point with a second tweet citing the Washington Post on the effort police officers had to make in order to take down the mass murderer in the Dayton, Ohio, attack.
“Based on recovered shell casings, he [police chief Biehl] said [the killer] fired at least 41 rounds before police officers responded, shooting 58 rounds at him near the entrance to a Dayton nightclub,” he quoted from the report.
“Based on recovered shell casings, he [police chief Biehl] said Betts fired at least 41 rounds before police officers responded, shooting 58 rounds at him near the entrance to a Dayton nightclub.”https://t.co/o9rChef0F7
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) August 7, 2019
Massie’s perfect tweet comes as several Democrats have been using shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, last Saturday to go after President Donald Trump.
Texas Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar, whose congressional district includes El Paso, said Trump “is not welcome” in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Former El Paso, Texas, Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke tweeted that Trump is responsible for the massacre.
Early Wednesday, he tweeted: “22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I.”
Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden blamed Trump for the mass shootings and accused the president of fanning “the flames of white supremacy.”
But Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stunned many with his comments that actually aligned with what Republicans have been saying.
During an interview with Joe Rogan on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Sanders slipped up and admitted that an overwhelming majority of gun owners wouldn’t even think to commit an atrocity like the recent mass murders in Texas and Ohio.
The Vermont socialist also admitted that banning so-called assault weapons isn’t the best solution to reducing gun violence.
“I’m not suggesting that anything here, that if you banned assault weapons tomorrow, that it would radically change everything,” Sanders said. “But we have got to do the best that we can do.”
“But all that I ask of the gun owners—and you’re absolutely right, 99.9 percent of gun owners would never in a million, billion years think of doing these horrible things—but at the moment that we are living in, I think we are all going to have to make some concessions to the reality of what’s going on, and that is that there is a small number of—call them whatever you want, depraved people—who are prepared to do that,” Sanders added.
That’s a pretty major admission, especially given many Democrats are still trying to exploit the tragedy to push for mass gun control and banning assault weapons.