One of the many nutcases in the House of Representative, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R, Tx) has argued against banning assault weapons because, well you have to read it for yourselves.
Appearing on the Dennis Miller Show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told guest host Larry O’Connor that he “refuse[s] to play the game of ‘assault weapon.’ That’s any weapon,” said the
congressman. “It’s a hammer. It’s the machetes.” Texas
O’CONNOR: I want to ask you a question about one of your colleagues, Rep. Peter King in
. He’s a very
passionate guy, a great defender, he’s a great patriot. But he’s on board with
this assault weapons ban. He was actually on MSNBC yesterday, openly saying, “I
don’t understand why anybody would need an assault weapon.” I personally get
nervous whenever a politician is asking me as a citizen why I need my right,
but can you answer that question for your colleague? He might need some help
here. Why would anyone need an assault weapon as they’re defining it? New York
GOHMERT: It’s the machetes. In
killed 800,000 people, an article that came out this week, the massive number
that are killed with hammers. Rwanda
[And in a reaction that didn’t happen].
Upon learning this startling news the NRA immediately started soliciting money to fight the expected “hammer ban” that people who want rational weapons control are expected to launch.
“The Constitution protects the right of every American to own a hammer” the NRA release said “whether claw or ball peen, wooden or metal handled and real patriots will fight for the right to bludgeon people to death with hammers. Ban hammers and the next step is banning nails, and then see what happens to your defenseless house” the NRA continued.
Asked to comment on the NRA statement a group of mental health experts said any characterization of the remarks by people in the mental health industry would violate doctor-patient confidentiality, but an unnamed spokesman for mental health advocacy did say “In technical terms, these people are nuts”.