Andrea Mitchell interviewed one of the gun lobby’s many useless idiots, Erich Pratt (heh) of Gun Owners of America, and did us all the service of pointing out that she’s not allowed to go on the teevee and call people fucking cunts no matter how bad she wants to. Nor can she go on television and announce the sailing dates of ships in wartime. (Only Geraldo Rivera can do that.)
If the First Amendment is not “absolute,” why then would the Second Amendment be? Then she explainered that St. Ronald Reagan, sitting now at the right hand of the Father, and who will come again to judge the living and the dead, loooved gun control, maybe because he was shot with one? And the gun lobby stooge had a super good answer: that St. Ronald Reagan, sitting now at the right hand of the Father, etc., etc., was a senile old Frankenstein monster who was shoved around by his harpie of a wife. And he hated gun control despite all evidence to the contrary. (Spoiler: he was wrong!)
ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): What’s the problem with registering a gun? If you have a bushmaster, first of all, why would you have one?
PRATT: President Reagan owned an AR-15.
MITCHELL: And he supported gun control. He advocated…
PRATT: In his later years. We have to keep that in account.
MITCHELL: In his later years he was almost killed by John Hinckley.
PRATT: But all through his presidency he opposed gun control, that’s my point.
Gosh, is that correct, Think Progress? Here, let us copy and paste your answer, for efficiency:
In 1986, [Reagan] signed into law the Firearm Owners Protection Act, which “banned ownership of any fully automatic rifles that were not already registered on the day the law was signed.” He later backed the Brady bill, expressing support for “a seven-day waiting period before a purchaser could take possession of a handgun, an even more stringent restriction than the five day cooling-off period that was included in the final legislation, and less stringent than the 15-day cooling-off period he signed into law as governor of California.”
That is so weird that Erich Pratt (heh) is wrong about everything in the entire universe, forever and ever, amen.