If it’s one thing anti-gunners have on their side it’s ignorance. That ignorance was revealed once again during an episode of “The View” on Wednesday.
Automatic weapons are not available to the public. Neither have automatic weapons been used in any of the front-page mass shootings that occurred last year.
But still Whoopi Goldberg tried to get Rand Paul to support a push to ban automatic weapons from the general public only to be told that they are already banned.
In order to even get your hands on an automatic weapon you have to first get a special license from the federal government, pay $200 to the IRS, and then go through a ton of paperwork with the Treasury Department. In other words, it’s way beyond a simple background check.
Transcription of the exchange from the Blaze:
“Automatic weapons, they’re not for hunting. They do nothing — they’re only there to kill. And you’ll notice that a lot of things that happened are with automatic weapons,” she claimed to Paul. “When we see that why don’t we say, ‘Who really needs to have one other than people that are at war?’”
“What we have is not automatic weapons. It’s semi-automatic.”
The crowd erupted in applause before Paul could explain that the very weapons Goldberg was referring to are already unavailable to the general public.
“Truly automatic weapons we don’t have,” he said. “We banned truly automatic weapons in I think 1934.”
Goldberg interjected, “But we still got a lot of them Rand. C’mon!”
“What we have is not automatic weapons,” Paul quipped back. “It’s semi-automatic. So they fire in a fairly fast sequence, but you can’t pull the trigger and they come like a machine gun. Those are no longer out there.”
Paul then explained that “people do hunt and people also do shooting and sports shooting and target shooting” with semi-automatic weapons.
“Come to Kentucky and I’ll introduce you,” he told Goldberg. “There are a lot of people who like and enjoy this as a sport.”
Paul added, “But the other problem is if we take ownership away of specific types of guns, you really have to modify — something that big has to be either legislation or possibly a Constitutional amendment.”