Presented by: Congressman Jim Moran. Yes – that Jim Moran.
Panel: Retired ATF Agent Dave Chipman, Josh Horwitz with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, City of Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook, Jonathan Lowy of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and former counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Karen Marangi.
What was missing: Gun rights representatives on the panel.
What was blatantly obvious: the metric assload of gun rights advocates wearing bright orange “GUNS SAVE LIVES” stickers on their clothing who came out in support of the Second Amendment.
The panel spoke for an hour. Karen Marangi is actually with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and she tried like hell to make her organization seem moderate – not like the band of criminals wanting to deprive people of their rights they are – and the legislation Washington is trying to impose on us not the malodorous, noxious infringement on our rights it really is.
Chipman had the most useful presentation of all of them, explaining carefully and fully the difference between what the politicians like to call “assault rifles” and automatic machine guns. He stressed: one pull of the trigger, one round fired. Not that it helped…
Lowy asserted the Heller decision gave governments the right to implement “reasonable” gun control, despite the fact that it confirmed that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. Horwitz spoke about mental health and the need to keep guns out of the hands of complete nutbars.
Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook was actually the most onerous. As Rob texted me during his speech, “This fat, donut-binging fuck has NO concept of why the Second Amendment is in there!” Rob was correct. The Chief started with a disclaimer about how he and most men in uniform are not against private citizens owning guns. And then came the rub: he merely wants a registry so he knows who owns them! Let me tell you what, fucker. I already passed a background check when purchasing my self defense tools. I’m a veteran and a law abiding citizen, so with all due respect, it’s none of your goddamn business what firearms I possess, where I keep them and why!
An hour of questions followed. As usual, Moran simply ignored the questions from pro-gun advocates and mumbled something about him not seeing the need for anyone to have assault weapons. The need.
I figured I’d give it a try, so I got up in front of the Mike.
I told them I am a veteran of the United States Army, and that I have deployed. An audience member screamed out “Thank you for your service!” and the room burst into applause. (I may have turned several shades of crimson and felt like I wanted to crawl under a chair.) And then I posed my question.
Me: I am a veteran of the United States Army, a single parent, and a concealed carry permit holder. I am trained and have passed background checks – a number of them. As Agent Chipman explained, an “assault” rifle fires one round with one pull of the trigger – just like the M1911 I carry with me. So how can you justify barring me from using a semi-automatic rifle that fires one round with one pull of the trigger, just like my handgun?
Moran: duhhhh…. I don’t see why anyone needs a rifle that’s meant to kill as many people as possible.
Me: With all due respect, it’s a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs.
At that point, a fat, panty-shitting heinoceros turned to me and screeched, “WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHTS? I DON’T WANT TO SHOP IN THE SAME SUPERMARKET WITH YOU!”
I told her there was an easy solution to that. “Don’t go.”
After the formal part ended, I was looking to discuss something with the ATF agent offline, so I was wandering around, trying to see where he went. The blubbering koont came up to me and said, “Are you looking for me? You had a conversation with me, so I thought you were looking for me.” All confrontational.
I just shrugged and said, “you’re entitled to your opinion. I’m looking for the ATF guy.”
I love how this dickwart assumed I gave another thought to her existence! It was almost amusing… sort of. The bulging eyes… the screechy demeanor… I looked at her like she was a turd on my shoe that somehow managed to learn how to speak.
Updating with a more complete version of my question:
LC Light29ID from the Rott was there as well. His write-up is a lot shorter, but hilarious, nonetheless!
Just found a full video of folks confronting Jim Moran and him refusing to address the actual question.