MSNBC Anchor Lawrence O’Donnell told his viewers that a handgun wouldn’t stop a school shooter because the bullets travel too slow. Townhall reported that it’s his reasoning (or lack thereof) why the idea that arming teachers is not a good one.
Lawrence: A bullet fired from an AR-15 travels 3x faster than one from a handgun.
And yet the president and the NRA think giving teachers guns will stop a school shooter https://t.co/heze69kRDU
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 23, 2018
One bullet properly placed will take out a shooter. That’s a fact. Maybe he should stop reading Wikipedia and pay closer attention to the effects of bullets in real life. He and Dianne Feinstein. She thinks that getting hit with a bullet from a handgun is like getting stabbed, and goes in like a nail. Did she consult with Congressman Steve Scalise before she said that? Has she ever been shot?
“A handgun [wound] is simply a stabbing with a bullet. It goes in like a nail.” With the high-velocity rounds of the AR-15, “it’s as if you shot somebody with a Coke can.” https://t.co/xkyw3pEtjn #BanAssaultWeapons
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) February 26, 2018
A Coke can. Seriously. Has she ever actually seen the effects of any gun wound on anyone? Not. Let’s be clear: the Capitol Police STOPPED the shooter with an SKS rifle who was systematically attacking Congress members last year. They stopped him with HANDGUNS.
Where did this BS narrative come from that you can’t stop a rifle with a handgun? When has that ever been a thing? Are people’s memories really so short they don’t remember Capital Police stopping a Bernie bro with an SKS shooting at congressman on a baseball field?
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) February 25, 2018
This is what it’s like talking to someone who knows nothing about guns or military weapons but is dead set on banning them. It’s like trying to convince a dog to stop licking its butt.
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) February 28, 2018
We don’t really know if ODonnell was reading Wikipedia or not, but it sounds vaguely familiar from their listing of “muzzle velocity.” How fast a bullet travels is completely irrelevant in confronting an armed suspect unless you’ve been reloading with wax instead of real bullets. A bullet from a handgun can put an armed suspect out of commission immediately. Ask Congressman Steve Scalise. He understands.