Dem congressman wants to ban rifles with ‘barrel shrouds’ but doesn’t know what they do
Friday morning “Fox and Friends” host Tucker Carlson interviewed Congressman David Cicilline (D-R.I.), a fierce advocate for stricter gun laws. The two began their discussion about the recent Democratic House sit-in and eventually shifted to the Cicilline’s proposal for an assault weapons ban. The congressman listed the components of a weapon that made it an “assault weapon” but had no idea of the function of what he wants to ban.
According to Cicilline, a barrel shroud is one of the elements that make a rifle an assault weapon. But when pressed on what a barrel shroud does, he kept evading the question. (For the record, a barrel shroud is a safety feature that slips over that the barrel of a rifle to prevent the person handling the weapon from burning himself on the hot barrel.)
Call me crazy, but don’t you think that someone pushing for a ban on something should know what he is seeking to banish?
Ultimately, Cicilline is calling for weapon-related bans because they sound good in a political campaign, not because it will prevent terrorists from carrying out their murderous acts. In fact, when Carlson points out that none of the anti-Second Amendment bills proposed by the Democrats would have prevented the massacre in Orlando, Cicilline responded that it doesn’t matter.
Ed. Note: This is not the first time a Democratic congressmen has tried to ban something that they did not know what it was. Former Representative Carolyn McCarthy infamously said she wanted to ban guns with “shoulder thing[s] that go up.” Watch the video below.