Bachmann: ‘I love’ my AR-15 assault rifle

By David Edwards
Thursday, December 29, 2011 16:51 EDT
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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann revealed on Thursday that the AR-15 assault rifle was her favorite gun.

During a WHO-AM radio interview, Bachmann told host Jan Mickelson that she had planned to go pheasant hunting with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Friday.

“I’m a pretty good shot,” the candidate admitted. “I learned how to hunt here in Iowa from my dad. I went through gun safety when I was 12.”

“My favorite gun is an AR-15 because you can be so accurate with it,” she explained. “And I scored the best in my class of any of the men too.”

“The AR-15, that’s a combat weapon?” Mickelson asked.

“I love it,” Bachmann declared. “It’s a great gun.”

“It can be made automatic, but it’s a semi-automatic .222,” Mickelson said.

“I like being accurate and that is a great gun,” Bachmann insisted.

“Accurate and apparently lots of firepower and many, many shots,” Mickelson noted. “How big is your magazine?”

“You really want to know?” Bachmann asked with a nervous laugh, adding that all of her equipment was legal.

Watch this video from C-SPAN, uploaded Dec. 29, 2011.


(H/T: Talking Points Memo)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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