Congresswoman Diana DeGette from Colorado has been one of the leading voices for new gun control regulations on Capitol Hill in the wake of the Newtown shooting.
In fact, she's actually the sponsor of a piece of legislation that would ban high-capacity magazines, which is one of her pet causes. With that level of dedication, you'd think she'd know her stuff. Well ... from The Spot blog at the Denver Post:
Tuesday at a Denver Post forum on the gun control debate, the senior congresswoman from Denver appeared to not understand how guns work.
Asked how a ban on magazines holding more than 15 rounds would be effective in reducing gun violence, DeGette said:
“I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”
What she didn’t appear to understand is that a magazine can be reloaded with more bullets.
OK, I give up. Let's just start picking these people via lottery.