On The McLaughlin Group this morning they were discussing the shootings at Virginia Tech, and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell seemed on the verge of violence of his own, as he made shooting motions with his hands, literally frothed at the mouth, and shouted down Pat Buchanan to say:
O'Donnell: It was a high-tech killing because the magazines he was using in his automatic weapon were illegal during the Clinton administration. He would not have been able to buy them if George Bush and the Republican Congress did not allow them to become sold to mentally ill people like this... There were kids on that campus who were brave enough and big enough to stop one person with a gun unless it was an automatic weapon that could spray the bullets, just spray them, Pat. That's why they couldn't stop him.
Buchanan: He didn't spray them. Who stopped him? Men with guns came on the campus. The good guys. If they'd been on campus there wouldn't have been that problem.
O'Donnell: If he'd had to squeeze one bullet at a time he wouldn't...
Buchanan: He did.
O'Donnell: No he didn't. You hold that trigger and it sprays. That's what he was doing. He was spraying the bullets.
Buchanan: You don't know anything about guns. That was a semi-automatic weapon.
That brief exchange told me something about the left's support of gun control that I had never realized before. They fear guns. They even hate guns. But they don't know a damned thing about them. Their crusade against guns is born primarily out of the kind of ignorance, misinformation, and unreasoning fear which Lawrence O'Donnell showed this morning.
I suppose that to make my point I have to catalog O'Donnell's factual errors.
1. The two guns Cho used in his killings did not have magazines which were banned during the Clinton administration. The Glock can take a larger magazine, but in Cho's video it is shown with the standard one which was never banned.
2. The Bush administration and the Republican Congress didn't pass any law to make selling guns to crazy people legal. The assault weapons ban expiration was built into the original bill by the Democrat congress which passed it. Plus the existing background check law precludes selling guns to people who are documented to be mentally ill.