Conservative radio host Dana Loesch on Thursday argued that classifying certain guns as assault rifles was silly because “if you stab someone with a spoon it can be qualified as an assault weapon.”
Following Thursday’s revelations that Newtown shooter Adam Lanza had fired over 150 rounds with an AR-15 in less than five minutes, Loesch appeared on CNN to argue that it was a “false premise” that Lanza had used an assault weapon.
“We are talking about semi-automatic weapons,” the former Breitbart editor explained. “I do not own a military-style assault weapon. Just because, what, a firearm looks scary then you call it military assault? Do you realize that one of my children has a BB gun that looks like an AR-15? Is that going to be considered a military-style assault weapon? It sounds silly and uneducated.”
CNN host Piers Morgan noted that Lanza had “in the space of 300 seconds using an AR-15, killed 26 people. He had magazines with 30 bullets.”
“Anyone can reload!” Loesch shouted.
“Are you telling me that doesn’t qualify as an assault weapon?” Morgan asked.
“By the technical definition, no, Piers,” Loesch shot back. “Oh, anything can be qualified as an assault weapon. If you stab someone with a spoon, it can be qualified as an assault weapon.”
“So you’re equating stabbing someone with a spoon with shooting dead 26 people?” Morgan wondered.
Liberal CNN contributor Van Jones said that Loesch’s argument was part of the “conscious strategy on the part of the pro-gun folks to constantly bring things back around to things that don’t make any sense.”
“You’re talking about people stabbing people with spoons,” Jones observed. “If that were the problem that we had in America — stabbing people with spoons — we wouldn’t be talking about this right now. What we’re talking about is funeral after funeral after funeral. What we’re talking about is children being gunned down. And what we’re talking about is common-sense measures, not confiscating guns.”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast March 28, 2013.
(h/t: Media Matters)