Just an outright lie:
“I’m ashamed to admit it but its politics and its money, The NRA has taken this position, there is no reason, there is no foundation. There is no hunter that needs automatic military weapons to enjoy the culture of going hunting.
But you know it’s really basically the absence of the voices of good people. I cannot believe that politicians are afraid of the NRA, if they thought for one minute that the churches and the synagogue and the priest and the ministers were saying “Hey! Do the right thing and we have your back.”
We’re talking about millions of kids dying — being shot down by assault weapons, were talking about handguns easier in the inner cities, to get these guns in the inner cities, than to get computers. This is not just a political issue, it’s a moral issue and so when we condemn the NRA we should not ignore the fact that a lot of people that have taken moral positions have been solid on this big one.”
In 2011, there were 32,163 gun deaths, but according to the federal government, only 11,101 were homicides.
Of total gun deaths in 2011, 19,766 were suicides.
Of those 11,101 homicides, a majority were committed with handguns. Less than a thousand, 679, were committed with long guns.
Drilling down deeper, we see that only 323 of those murders were committed by rifles.
Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, all 323 deaths were kids. With those numbers, it would take 3,095 years for one million kids to be killed by “assault rifles.” And he said “millions.”
Which leads us to only one conclusion: Rep. Charlie Rangel is either lying, or completely ignorant.
Which is it?