GOP Sen Goes On Crazy Rant On Fox News Claiming Assault Rifles Are Too ‘Extremely Popular’ To Be Banned
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) appeared on Fox News on Tuesday to talk about the recent horrific shootings that took place over the weekend. Instead of talking about gun control, Toomey claimed that assault rifles are a must-have in America because they are “very popular.”
“My focus is on keeping guns out of the hands of people who should not have guns, people who have no legal right to a firearm,” Toomey insisted. “Guns that are described as assault weapons are almost invariably no more powerful than regular hunting rifles.”
“They are no more lethal,” he continued. “They are extremely popular, so to ban an extremely popular firearm, I’m not going to support that, that would be an infringement on the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
Fox News host Rick Leventhal agreed with the Senator saying, “You will never get rid of all of them.”
“Nor should we because the vast overwhelming majority of Americans are not a threat to anyone,” Toomey replied. “I own firearms. I’m a big believer in the Second Amendment. I’m not a threat to anyone.”
Toomey claimed that guns are needed for safety.
“If you confiscated my guns, no one would be any safer, and we should bear that in mind,” Toomey said. “What we have to focus on is keeping them out of the hands of the violent criminals, those who are mentally ill. Those are the people that are committing these massacres.”
This is a typical talking point by Republicans, that the mentally ill are the ones who commit these horrendous murders. In fact, it is a myth that most mass shootings are carried out by mentally ill people.
Take a look at Toomey’s remarks in the video clip below: