Stupid Quotes From Monday's Senate Gun Debate

If you missed it (and unless your remote control was broken with the TV stuck on C-SPAN2, why would you catch it?) the Senate debated a number of gun related issues Monday. (HR-2578 is the official bill if you're into that sort of thing).

I thought it'd be fun to take notes because I'm a glutton for punishment. Without further ado, here's how things played out.

Harry Reid - (D - Nevada), Senate Minority Leader

3:12 p.m. First highlight of the day was when Harry Reid called Newtown, Connecticut, "Newton". Nevermind that the Newtown tragedy is central to the Dems' talking points today, how does any American not recognize the city involved with the Sandy Hook shootings?

3:14 p.m. Reid just did it again, "Newton". How do you sit on a soapbox of respect for those "victims" when you can't even learn the city they lived in?

3:15 p.m. Reid continues to call it "Newton". Isaac Newton is proud and I could use a beer.

3:16 p.m. Reid on a 30-round AR-15 magazine, that he of course called a "clip":  "It would take 3-4 seconds to empty it"  Based on his language, he seems to have a semi and fully automatic rifle confused. (common theme among liberal politicians).

Patrick Leahy (D - Vermont)

3:20 p.m. It sounds like Sen. Leahy just wanted to get out of writing a letter. He read his response to a 15-year old who is concerned about guns. At least saved taxpayers a stamp by reading his response on the Senate floor rather than mailing it.

Barbara Mikulski (D- Maryland)

3:33 p.m. "I'll tell you why I support a filibuster, guns, guns, guns, guns!"

3:40 p.m. "40% of gun sales are unlicensed, they are sold online or at gun shows. That means 40% of the gun sales have no background check."   - How is this stat possible? Without a background check, how does the government know about it to count them?

It turns out this stat is based on 1994 data that Hillary Clinton has used extensively. The stats are derived from phone interviews conducted with just 251 people. In that survey, about 24% indicated they received their firearm as a gift or via inheritance --- which would be lumped in with the 40% number Dems love to tout. I'd say there's a pretty big difference between getting Grandpa's World War II M1 and lurking in the shadows trying to buy a firearm "off the grid" to do something nasty with it.

Richard Blumenthal (D - Connecticut)

4:14 p.m. "AR-15's are weapons of war and mass destruction."   I guess we found what we were looking for in Iraq post-9/11 then, huh?

Bill Nelson (D - Florida)

5:25 p.m. (Paraphrasing) "There are only 5,000 people on the terror watch list. Who cares if we restrict their rights with no due process."

5:35 p.m. - Close of Debate