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Following in the venerable and time honored NBC News tradition of reediting stories to support their opinions, Good Morning America snipped key parts of Michelle Obama’s interview on gun violence in Chicago this morning.
ABC News does have an excuse, though. Just like NBC does for their latest infraction: Rachel Maddow is an idiot. So ABC was just trying to prevent the First Lady from looking as dumb as Rachel Maddow. Because she’s really not. As dumb. And are we really sure that new hairdo is… Never mind.
In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C.
“She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.”
Chicago police reported, however, that Pendleton was shot by a man who “opened fire with a handgun before fleeing in a waiting car” according to the Associated Press.
It is extremely unlikely that the murder weapon was an automatic handgun, an extremely rare occurrence, even in the streets of Chicago. An overwhelming majority of handguns bought and sold in America are semi-automatic. … [More]
Well, yes, but we’re with Michelle on this one; “automatic” sounds better. Because semi-automatics just go KABLAM once, when you pull the trigger, not KABLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAM!!!
Some encouraging gun-related news today, though. No, Jill Biden didn’t scare away a trespasser with her shotgun. Beretta is seriously considering a move out of Maryland, in the wake of new legislation that would virtually outlaw their products in the state.
On the production floor of Beretta USA sits a hulking new barrel-making machine ready to churn out the next object of obsession in America’s love-hate relationship with guns: a civilian version of a machine gun designed for special operations forces and popularized in the video game Call of Duty.
Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned company that made one of James Bond’s firearms, has already invested more than $1 million in the machine and has planned to expand its plant further in Prince George’s County to ramp up production.
But under an assault-weapons ban that advanced late last week in the Maryland General Assembly, experts say the gun would be illegal in the state where it is produced.
Now Beretta is weighing whether the rifle line, and perhaps the company itself, should stay in a place increasingly hostile toward its products. Its iconic 9mm pistol — carried by every U.S. soldier and scores of police departments — would also be banned with its high capacity, 13-bullet magazine. [More]
Beretta may just be bluffing Maryland legislators, but that’s the thing. You never know—when a law abiding citizen has a gun.