Following President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s coordinated gun control push this week, it was up to OFA and the public to hit the streets this weekend while the president again hit the links. Gun control advocates rallied in cities across the country to push for a ban on assault weapons and a limit on magazine capacity — even though some legislators still don’t seem to know what assault weapons and magazines are.
Case in point: State Rep. Rhonda Fields of Colorado, who spoke at a rally in Denver. Earlier this week, Fields admitted to “misspeaking” when she told an NPR correspondent that her son and his fiancée were killed by an assault weapon, though evidence at the scene suggested otherwise.
The story of an assault weapon being used in the shooting was repeated in a Denver Post op-ed written by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado — who herself had misspoken about magazines not being reusable, and then “corrected” herself, saying she meant that clips weren’t reusable.
No number of gaffes seems to slow the push to ban something, and Fields is still leading the charge.
Misfit Politics’ Brandon Morse was at the rally too.
The Denver crowd seemed typical of the turnout nationwide, as photos from the events suggest.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who didn’t have much to say when asked why he wasn’t pro-choice when it came to women choosing to arm themselves, reportedly declared gun violence a form of “domestic terrorism” at a rally in Alexandria, Virginia.