Virginia Democrat Humiliates Himself While Calling for 'Assault Weapons' Ban - WATCH
Del. Mark Levine described as 'pathetic' for being unable to describe guns he wants to ban
A Virginia Democrat humiliated himself while calling for gun control in the state during a recent town hall when he was asked one simple question: To describe the "assault weapons" he wants to ban.
In a Q&A session, he was asked to define what type of guns he was seeking to outlaw with his proposed assault weapons ban.
His answer resulted in an embarrassing few minutes as he attempted to distinguish an assault weapon from other types of guns.
According to the Washington Examiner, audience members were laughing at Levine's obvious lack of knowledge about firearms.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) described Levine, who introduced the HB961 bill to ban "assault weapons," as "pathetic" for having no clear understanding of what he wanted banning.
Levine said his legislation was aimed specifically at reducing the frequency of mass shootings.
Hunters, Levine said, prefer to use bolt action rifles.
People who simply want a gun for self-defense should prefer a shotgun or a pistol, so he's not attempting to ban those.
"Mass shooters use guns that go like this," Levine said, as he waved an imaginary gun back and forth, spraying pretend bullets like an action movie hero.
"Guns that go like this are widely inaccurate, that's why hunters don't like them.
"Mass shooters do like them," he insisted.
In explaining the difference between the assault weapons he wants to ban and the guns he wants to allow, Levine said it's all about how you hold the weapon.
"In terms of the differences of the guns, the heart of the difference is how you hold the gun," Levine said.
"It makes it a semi-automatic. Meaning you can shoot with each finger, not like a bolt action where you have to kick out the cartridges, it has to be a semi-automatic.
"And must contain one of these 'weapons of war' type features.
"Things like a pistol grip, things like a flash suppressor...things like a silencer..."
This is pathetic. But, funny.— NRA (@NRA) January 26, 2020
Virginia @DelegateMark (a Bloomberg-owned "Gun Sense Champion") introduced HB961 to ban "assault weapons."
A town hall attendee asked him to define "assault weapon." Bloomberg’s “champion” spewed garbage for 7 min & couldn't answer the question. pic.twitter.com/7DbwZ4csNd
Gun owners mocked Levine's explanation, and used it to show that lawmakers seeking to ban firearms have very little knowledge about them.
"He knows nothing about what he's trying to ban," said Erich Pratt, senior VP of Gun Owners of America.
"Obviously, he's watched too many movies."
Levine introduced his assault weapon ban, Virginia House Bill 961, to the Legislature this month.
The measure one of many gun control bills Democrats have proposed since taking full control over the state government.