Friday, February 14, 2014

Colorado Republican Bernie Herpin claims It Was A "Good Thing" That Aurora Theater Shooter Had A 100-Round Magazine

File this under one of the dumbest things you will ever hear.

Last week Colorado held a hearing concerning Republican's call to repeal the states ban on high-capacity magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. The high-capacity magazine ban came about after gunman James Holmes used a 100 round magazine in the Aurora theater shooting that left 12 people dead and more than 70 wounded during the 2012 massacre.

At the repeal hearing Colorado Republican Sen. Bernie Herpin (Colo. Springs) was asked by Sen. Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) about the fact that Holmes purchased the 100-round magazine legally prior to the deadly shooting.

Herpin responded to the question thusly...

"As it turns out, that was maybe a good thing that he had a 100-round magazine because it jammed. If he had instead had four, five, six 15-round magazines, there’s no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up,"

Let that sink in for a second... Now watch the dumb bastard say it...
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Tom Sullivan, whose 27-year-old son Alex who was killed in the shooting and who testified against Herpin's repeal bill was asked by The Denver Post about Herpin's quote to which he responded...

"I've had a lot of thoughts since July 20 of 2012 and I can tell you that I never have once thought that it was better that that man walked into that theater with a 100-round drum and opened fire on the over 200 people that were in that theater. From every indication I have, from the pictures and reports that I received from the DA, it says that 76 bullets came out of that magazine."

Even if Herpin point was that some of the cheaper high capacity drum magazines are unreliable it is tantamount to magical thinking that Herpin's  hypothesis is based in sane thinking.

In a final bit of irony Herpin was elected last September to replace Senate President John Morse who was one of two Democratic lawmakers recalled over their support for the state's strict new gun laws.

The bill to repeal the ban never made it out of committee.

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