Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lies: Mittens the Guns were legal

I have a new system to keep us all sane.  If I am going to go off on a lie that a politician says, I will just put the header here - and the rest of it after the jump.  That way I can vent (politicians in easily caught lies infuriate me) and you can ignore.  And we will all live happier....


It's bad enough that Brian Williams gave a softball interview on NBC last night to Mittens - it's worse they bury the lies he told into a story as asides.  Here is the NBC story (my notes added - and AGAIN, I am not saying we need anymore gun control - it is the freaking lying that annoys me.  I hate Presidents that LIE)....
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LONDON-- Mitt Romney said Wednesday that more restrictive gun laws would likely not have prevented last week's deadly mass shooting at a Colorado Cineplex, and argued that it would take Americans changing their hearts, not their legislation, to prevent similar future attacks. <- Wow, that is a sensible statement.  Too bad he didn't make that statement anywhere in the interview.  This is NBC taking his lies and mis-statements and twisting them into something coherent - liberal media my ass!
"Political implications, legal implications are something which will be sorted out down the road," Romney told NBC's Brian Williams during an exclusive interview here in London. "But I don't happen to believe that America needs new gun laws. A lot of what this young man did was clearly against the law. But the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening."<- Tricky.  You see here, Brian was asking about the Assault Weapon Ban he signed.  But Mittens doesn't answer.  His answer implies that the gun laws were broken ("the fact it was against the law") which is not true.  He broke more laws entering the theater illegally than he did by carry an automatic assault rifle.
Romney, who enacted an assault weapons ban as governor of Massachusetts (with the support of a Democratic legislature) would not say whether he still believes that weapons like the AR-15 assault rifle used in the Colorado shooting were "instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people," as he described them during the bill signing ceremony in 2002. 
When Williams followed up later in the interview on the Aurora attack, Romney argued that it would take a change in heart, not laws, to stop future violence.
"Well, this person shouldn't have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already. But he had them," Romney said, although the guns used in the shooting were all purchased legally. <- I love this throwaway from the article, although the guns in the shooting were all purchased legally.  So you let him off on the big lie - he was using illegal guns, so more gun control is useless.  BUT he wasn't using illegal guns, so your dependent clause is unsupported.  You see it is easy to win arguments if you lie and no one follows up.
"And so we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won't. Changing the heart of the American people may well be what's essential, to improve the lots of the American people.".
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Let's see what Aurora Colorado Police Chief said, " AURORA, Colo. — James Holmes is accused of carrying out one of the worst mass shootings in recent U.S. history, but police say there was nothing illegal about the guns and ammunition he allegedly used during a Colorado movie theater attack.
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"All the weapons that he possessed, he possessed legally," Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said. "And all the clips that he possessed, he possessed legally. And all the ammunition that he possessed, he possessed legally."
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Gander Mountain, which sold an AR-15 assault rifle believed to be used in the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, said the company was in compliance with state and federal laws and that it was "fully cooperating with this ongoing investigation."
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A second federal law enforcement official said Holmes had a high-capacity ammunition magazine in the assault rifle. Oates said a 100-round drum magazine was recovered at the scene.
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The type of ammunition magazine Holmes is accused of using was banned for new production under the old federal assault weapon ban, said Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
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When the ban expired in 2004, gun manufacturers flooded the market with the type of high capacity magazines Holmes used Friday, Vice said.
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Authorities have said that Holmes had on an all-black ensemble of protective gear at the time of the shooting. An online seller of tactical police gear told the St. Louis Dispatch (http://bit.ly/Pssg9H ) that it sold more than $300 of equipment, such as an assault vest, magazine pouches and a knife, to Holmes on July 2.

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