This letter is from a state representative of Illinois. His lack of knowledge on what it is he trying to do is unacceptable and scary. The worst part is that there are examples all over the country as you will see in the article from David Codrea as seen on AmmoLand.
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“It is clear that we must crack down on deadly, military-style assault rifles, which is why I voted to pass Senate Bill 1657, which holds gun dealers accountable by ensuring dangerous criminals and those with a history of mental illness or domestic violence cannot get their hands on a weapon,” Illinois State Representative Fred Crespo claimed in a letter to constituents. “I also support House Bill 1469, which would prohibit the sale and possession of high capacity magazines which turn regular firearms into fully automatic weapons” [emphasis in original].
First, gun dealers in Illinois don’t sell anything without controls mandated by the feds and the state, and “prohibited persons” are called that for a reason. If citizen disarmament edicts really meant such people “cannot get their hands on a weapon,” we’d expect to see results vastly different from reality, not that the political trough-feeders don’t use still unacceptable reductions as an excuse to brag about what a bang-up job they’re doing.
Second, really? Magazines can convert a gun to full-auto? This is one of the guys responsible for crafting “commonsense gun laws”?
At first I had to make sure the letter wasn’t a put-on, because I doubt The Onion could do a better job at parodying gun-grabber cluelessness. Sure enough, gun owners were giving Rep. Crespo a well-deserved shellacking on his Twitter feed, and he actually doubled down on stupid over at his Facebook page.
“A recent statement from my office incorrectly described two gun safety bills. I appreciate this error being pointed out because I would never want to misinform my constituents. I had intended to inform them of my work with Republicans and Democrats to pass House Bill 1467, which bans bump stocks and other modifications used to make semi-automatic weapons operate like fully automatic machine guns, and my support for House Bill 1469, which prohibits the sale and possession of high capacity magazine clips like those used in the murder of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer. I’ll continue working to keep weapons of war out of our community, and striving to provide the people I represent with the latest developments from our Capitol.”
Crespo blames his “office.” What a weasel. So much for “the buck stops here…”
He insists he “would never want to misinform my constituents,” adding new corroboration to the truism that for “progressives,” every day is Opposite Day.
He evidently is above the magazine vs. clip controversy, but what the hell—he wants to ban them all, because “weapons of war” should evidently only be in the hands of the “Only Ones” who have proven trustworthy enough to keep and bear them.
Who could disagree with that? Aside from the Founders…?
The shameful level of subject matter ignorance is hardly new.
“This right here has ability with a 30-caliber clip to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second,” California State Senator Kevin de Leόn blathered at a press conference to a fawning media that didn‘t know enough to question his claims. “Thirty-magazine clip in half a second.”
Thene there’s New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham, who called for a ban on “high magazine cartridges.” And it gets better (worse).
“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,” Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette claimed as justification to ban magazines. Her spokesflack, trying to do damage control, doubled down on the ignorance:
“She simply misspoke in referring to ‘magazines’ when she should have referred to ‘clips,’ which cannot be reused because they don’t have a feeding mechanism.”
And who can forget New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who thought the barrel shroud she wanted to ban was “the shoulder thing that goes up”? Or New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington, who maintained .50 BMG rifles needed to be banned because:
“Some of these bullets have an incendiary device on the tip of it, which is a heat-seeking device, so you don’t shoot deer with a bullet that size. If you do, you could cook it at the same time.”
That any of these authoritarian control freaks consider themselves qualified to weigh in on anything having to do with firearms is nothing short of political malpractice. But the true shame, as has been pointed out throughout the years, is owned by a constituency allowing a real-life version of “Idiocracy” to become inevitable.
Perhaps anyone dumb and dependent enough to vote for Fred Crespo and other gun-grabbing frauds is too stupid and irresponsible to own a gun. That’s just the kind of voter they’re counting on…
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.
43 Replies to “Gun-Grabbers don’t even know what they are trying to take… (almost funny)”
Agree that this is the equivalent of political malpractice. After all, these are some of the same people who agreed that they had to pass Obamacare so that they could read the bill. Shameful.
Malpractice Hmm ! Someone Does Not Have A Clue ! And are Clueless mishappaning ! Piss poor excuse For A leader ! Get A Clue ! Get A Life ! Get Real ! Or Be Eaten By The Machine !
Oh yes ! So very true. These are supposed to be educated people ? I don’t care how ” book” educated they are you simply cannot fix that much stupidity !
THIS GUY IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A 2 STAR ASS HOLE, COULD NOT EVEN GET A FULL 4 STAR RATING IN THIS CATAGORY.
got that right, just shows how stupid the democratic party is, just bread Obama care will be raising prices 2019, big time once again. guess they should have read it. republicans did, why no one from that side voted for it.
sorry, read, not bread.
If we educate the left on proper gun descriptions then we are arming them with a vocabulary to be correct and to sound more like they know what they are talking about. It’s a lot easier to call out those who do not know what they are saying than it is to recognize a wolf hiding in sheep’s clothing.
A clip is what women put in their hair and her spokesflake had it right, there is no feeding mechanism in a clip.
I need to order more 30 caliber clips
The definition of a high capacity magazine clip is the magazine rack that hangs on a wall in a Dr.’s office.
A bullet is just one of the parts of the entire cartridge.
Fully automatic machine guns are illegal.
A bump stock increases the rate of fire one squeeze of the trigger at a time.
A “weapon” is an instrument used for fighting, this includes; Hands, feet, elbows, knees, head-butt, crowbar, knife, hammer, rock, scissors, screw driver, stick, rope, woman’s high heel, coffee mug, pencil, pen, spoon, fork, broken glass, butt end of anything, car, truck and the beat goes on…
I have a suggestion to help make communities and schools safer. Place some armed personnel in them and take the NO GUN ZONE signs down! Is there insurance for political malpractice because these nimrods need it badly!
Well actually a “Clip” is an item used by the Military that clips on or into a magazine which holds various number of rounds depending on the weapon being used. It’s actually called a “Stripper Clip” shortened to Clip!
Also, the M1 Garand uses a clip to hold The cartridges while you insert them into the fixed magazine inside the rifle.
You’re looking at semantics here. A device, typically flexible or worked by a spring, for holding an object or objects together or in place. A fastener, clasp, hasp, catch, hook, buckle, lock, “a clip” A money clip. A metal holder containing cartridges for a firearm.
I referenced their use of the word clip in replacement of magazine – an oxymoron. Moron being the key part of the word relating to people who speak without knowledge of what they are talking about 🙂
And these morons who gave us Obama care and a $20 trillion deficit are talking about guns .Wow!! Unbelievable!!!And we pay these people????
This is a case of “the blind leading the blind”. These morons could write a cogent sentence about firearms if they had a proper glossary of firearm terms and a dictionary.
the fact that they don’t feel duty bound to provide accurate information is probably because they don’t think those who read will know the difference….
Does he know what AR stands for. Where can you purchase a magazine that will convert a semi auto rifle to a fully automatic rifle ? It is already unlawful to sell any firearm to a criminal and the background check is for that purpose. If a politician is going to propose gun laws he or she should be sent to a week long training school before election.
Stupid cannot be fixed. Gun grabbers refuse to even listen to the truth to the point of sticking their fingers in their ears. No one can reason with them. Cliff
I live in Ma. and it is frightening on how many of our law makers don’t know much of anything about firearms. They make statrements all the time misnaming parts and statring their “facts’ that are NOT even close to being true, like a high capacity magazine turns a rifle into a machine gun. I think this was first stated by some US Senator or some idiot in the government chain.
Chuck Schuemer wants to make it a law that ANY part of a gun be classified as a “firearm” so it is covered by other restrictive laws.
It is time to begin today by RECALLING some of the politicians that we can for their ignorance on guns while they fight so hard to deprive people of teir RIGHTS. If they can’t be recalled, we must vote them out and vote in people with real common sense about any subject they talk about. A good place to start is with the NY Governor. He needs to go for so many reasons. Recall him now.
I am a Licensed Engineer in the State of Illinois. After reading Mr. Crespo’s letter it is obvious we need licensing and educational requirements for people in government. This man has his head up his ass for so long he has no idea firearms work
Obviously these idiot’s with the intelligence of a soda cracker, who are totally brain dead about anything concerningg guns and their accessories and uses are put in and kept in office by the same type of people. And no matter how much proof they are given that shows the result of excessive gun control they will not accept it or change their minds.
Don’t insult the soda cracker!
Think it’s a bunch of hogs trying to do away with guns not even thing of the avid hunters there are just like to hunt for there food source. I dont know where they all think abolishing all firearms due to the fact there are many other weapons out there that can be used has a weapon.
If anything you need to ban games that shows killings and the movies that are made this is where it’s coming from. Get a grip on life you all make big bucks but when it comes down to making a change you all go overboard due to the frustration it occurs .
And you all get money from our hard earned dollars of social security that suspose to forgiven to the people who earn it not people who didn’t earn a dime of it. If you can’t do what you were voted in for get off your high horse And let someone that will do the job.
The guns are not the only reason AMERICAINS should have the right to own guns. After Pearl Harbor bombings of our American Navy. the General in charge for the Japanese military said they would not try coming on our shores to invaid because he said we CITIZENS had MILLIONS OF GUNS OWNED BY IT’S CITIZENS!!! SHOULD TELL THESE YOUNG LIBERALS something about letting us have our guns.
Amen, brother! AMEN!
I have heard this but have no idea if ts true or not.
It’s unfortunate, but some people are born stupid. Some of them work hard to gain an education and a knack for common sense. Some practice ignorance and work at it diligently. The former lean Right politically, the latter are Liberals.You can sort them one from the other by simply having a conversation with them. Those on the Right will speak clearly, answer coherently, and if they disagree, give cogent reasons politely. Those on the Left will not listen to reason, will not give you a chance to speak, will spout slogans, and if they disagree with you, will shout you down then resort to breaking glass and setting fires, anything to silence you. They will then blame you for the violence. This is increasingly true on college campuses, where Conservative students are physically denied their right to the education they paid for. Liberals are trying to turn the U.S. into another third world Communist paradise. And if Conservatives let them, they will be successful. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s Communist leaders.
Well what can we expect from elected officials who react without knowing the facts. Pandering ignoramuses. These are the kind of people who would look down the barrel while fidgeting with the safety to see why the bullets won’t come out.
Some one take all of these idiots to a military base and school them about weapons and their parts and their function , better yet make them serve four years at boot camp!
But Hammond M: Then they wouldn’t sound like IDIOTS anymore, and we would not be able to tell them from us, Better to just throw them out of office, and be done with them.
“…prohibit the sale and possession of high capacity magazines which turn regular firearms into fully automatic weapons”
Does this man even understand the principles of shooting?
I don’t believe he understands the laws of gravity, let alone basic operating principles of self-loading repeating arms.
What more can you expect if we elect “DUMMIES” speak for us! We should blame ourselves by not vetting who the people we vote for to the full extent of what matters most to us. Wake up and be smart!
I have only one question… Who can Answer this.
1- Who Gives the GUN to the Student… Here take this Gun and go to School and Shoot your friend’s and Classmates?
THIS NOTHING TO DO WITH NRA or anyone else… The Parents are Responsible for Thier kids behevier … if you that your kid misbehaving you shouldn’t have a Gun in your house, if you have a Gun 🔒 the guns… if you cannot do that Then the Perent should be punished and pay the prices for his kid wrong doing.
If you cannot do the time, don’t do the crime…
We Should not point fingers to one another, if you really wanna a Gun … you can get them on the street, maybe they are stolen from someone. Or maybe it been used in another state…You can not till where that gun came from.
It’s just a common sense.
If you still don’t get it… Then You Need Help, Go to the Doctor 👨⚕️ to Check your Head and make sure get your Medicine on time to provent forther damaged to your brain 🧠💯
I Think … I am Right… Oh yes I am… I AM NRA AND USCCA MEMBER… Yes I have Guns, and I don’t go around shooting people for No Reason, Gun don’t kill… Stupid People with No Common Sense.
maybe when these totally clueless dumb asses that print this crap, you could print their email addresses and I am sure there are readers you would be glad to write them and tell them what they have printed and how mistaken they are in their knowledge of firearms. I just went out and purchased the biggest magazine I could find. guess what it did not turn my semi-auto rifle into a machine gun. oh well !!why is it the politicians who say the dumbest thing about guns and they have never held one or fired one yet they know everything?? has anybody noticed democrats like Durbin, ,Schumer and a few others that wear their glasses on the tip of their nose. are these people so dumb that they do not know they can actually can get glasses that can be for close up and distance. they look look like bewildered college professors
This guy is a perfect example of why term limits are necessary.If he can’t get his facts straight on these very important issues, what ELSE is he clueless about.Just another worthless lifetime democrat career politician.
let’s try to sort this through. would these “all knowing leaders” dare to carry a conversation with someone in the science community or would they go half caulked (no pun intended) and show all their evergrowing knowledge. i believe they feel they have all the answers and we, the general population, are sheep in need of a judus goat ,
This guy does not even know the true definition of ass ult rifle. He needs criminal charges as his statements do not support the Constitution of the United States. He took an oath to support the Constitution. Instead he infringes upon the fact that guns can be removed! He is not an honorable person and actions should proceed against him to remove him from office!
I have been asking for years for someone to tell me how they are going to check on a persons mental health when purchasing a gun. Then, years later, when someone goes over the edge how are they to know that person went bonkers. This all flies in the face of the HIPPA rules. I still say the liberals are not playing with a full deck. Marine Bob
I notice that “high capacity magazine” is not defined. Is it 10? 20? 30? 50? The thing that goes up?
Stupid is , is stupid dose. I like so many more of you people , feel the same way, and give it just a little while longer and see if I’m not right, there will be another revolutionary war.it will be between the common people and the government. As a God loving American who fought for this countrys freedoms for twenty two and a half year’s in military, not understand or fathom how this county is still surviving which the idiot’s we have running it. Guns don’t kill people,people do. Could you imagine what this county would be like if we had honest, smart intelligent people in politics, God this would be paradise. !
Fred Crapso needs a better understanding of both the Second Amendment AND gun terminology.
The problems we have in America with firearm legislation is that our “lawmakers” are IDIOTS !!
I disagree with most of you. I believe these people know the facts but are trained in the art of disinformation and fact distortion. They depend on the majority of their constituents (id’d as “useful idiots”) being both clueless, unwilling to be educated and wishing to vote only their feelings.
I submit as circumstantial evidence the fact that no one could craft rules that would so completely and effectively devastate our right and ability to possess the means of self defense (ie “keep and bear arms”) unless they, some lobbyist or an employee with knowledge of firearms and the process of accessing and using them provided that information.
You can’t blow up a bridge if you don’t know how it’s built.
Doctors are the biggest killers just by their mistakes. Cell phones kill more people than guns.
Most people afre killed by a relative or friend and they are bludgeoned to death. The news media doesn’t tend to cover these stories ss they are not as spectacular.
What is even more frightening is that the people who elected these morons are dumber that the cretins they voted for