When it comes to getting a piece of legislation passed, Democrats don't care about how much they have to stretch the truth to accomplish their goal.
On Thursday, Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) actually said on MSNBC, "We're talking about millions of kids dying, being shot down by assault weapons."
Chris Jansing on the MSNBC program bearing her name was speaking to the Congressman about the votes being short in the Senate for an assault weapons ban.
The Congressman responded:
I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s politics and it’s money. The National Rifle Association has taken this position. There's no reason, there's no foundation, there's no hunter that needs automatic military weapons to enjoy the culture of going hunting. But, you know, it's really basically the absence of the voices of good people. I cannot believe that politicians are afraid of the NRA. If they thought for one minute that the churches and the synagogue and the priests and the ministers were saying, “Hey, do the right thing and we have your back.”
We're talking about millions of kids dying, being shot down by assault weapons. We're talking about handguns where it’s easier in the inner cities to get these guns than to get computers. This is not just a political issue. It's a moral issue. And so when we condemn the NRA, we should not ignore the fact that a lot of people that have taken moral positions have been solid on this big one.
Millions of kids are dying from assault weapons? Really?
According to GunPolicy.org, there were 11,101 homicides committed with a firearm in 2011. Probably the vast majority were by handgun and not assault weapon.
FBI data corroborates this as that agency says that only 323 people were killed by rifles in 2011 which would include the so-called "assault weapons" the left are so afraid of.
But the facts really don't matter in this debate, do they?