Every few years, televangelist Pat Robertson manages to say something sensible.
Like when he said our existing drug laws needed to be revisited because “criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot…[is] just costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people.” Or when he mocked Young Earth Creationists by saying, “Bishop Ussher… wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said it all took 6,000 years; it just didn’t!”
It’s happened again, proving the old adage about a broken clock.
Robertson said on today’s show that assault weapons needed to be banned because nothing good can possibly come from them. He added that expanded background checks for people buying guns were needed.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am a gun owner,” Robertson said. “I have hunted. I have shot skeet. I have gotten awards when I was in the Marine Corps for shooting. I’ve got no opposition whatsoever to shooting, but for heaven’s sakes, I don’t think that the general population needs to have automatic weapons. It just doesn’t have to have Russian-built or Chinese-built machine guns. It just doesn’t.”
“I mean it’s one thing to defend yourself with a pistol or a shotgun to hunt with, but it’s something else to have [assault weapons],” he added. “I think we can ban those things without too much trouble. They have what they call bump stocks, which you hit it and it would go automatic, we can stop that.”
“It’s just got to be,” Roberson said. “It’s sensible.”
He’s… he’s…. Christ, I can’t believe I’m saying this… Pat Robertson is right.
That said, the gun used in the recent Florida school shooting was an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. So even if Republicans listened to Robertson, the sort of weapon used in multiple school shootings would still be around.
But at least Robertson’s on the right track. This time.
(via Right Wing Watch)