VIDEO: VA Gun Control Expert Shows Dumbfounding Ignorance Of How Guns Work

Holly Matkin

Virginia Delegate Mark Levine has introduced a bill to ban "assault firearms," but has no idea what they are.

Alexandria, VA – A Democratic Virginia legislator’s complete lack of firearms knowledge was on full display when he stopped by a town hall meeting to speak about his push to ban “assault weapons” (video below).

According to Virginia Delegate Mark Levine, the factor that sets “assault weapons” apart from “hunting rifles” lies in “how you hold the gun.”

During a town hall meeting at the Mount Vernon Community School on Jan. 25, Levine also took aim at “high-capacity magazines,” which he claimed become “red-hot” when they are seated into a weapon that’s being actively fired.

He said that “silencers” are another problem, because they muffle gunshots to the point that deer can still understand that a round has been fired, but people cannot.

Weapons with “bayonet mounts” are also concerning features of these “weapons of war,” he added.

Levine said that the goal of HB961 is to “distinguish hunting weapons, weapons used for self-defense, weapons used for sports shooting, from weapons that are the preferred weapons for mass shooters.”

He claimed that mass shooters don’t like “hunting rifles,” because “someone could hit the rifle butt against their head.”

“Deer don’t do this. Elk don’t do this,” he noted. “But humans trying to save their [own] lives do this.”

Levine said that it is “very hard to shoot people fast” using a hunting rifle.

“The assault weapons ban is largely about mass murder,” he said. “What we find is, there’s certain weapons that mass shooters prefer to use – basically the same kind of weapons, modified weapons from weapons of war – and what they do is, they kill a lot of people fast.”

What sets “assault weapons” apart from other firearms, Levine declared, swinging his arm left to right as if he was spraying the audience with bullets, is a “pistol grip.”

With semi-automatic weapons, gunmen are also able to “shoot with each finger,” according to the delegate.

“Guns that go like this are wildly inaccurate,” he continued, as people in the audience began to laugh at him. “That’s why hunters don’t like them.”

Levine said that mass shooters aren’t worried about accuracy, and that they just want to fire as many rounds as possible.

“You may know that in Dayton, the shooter got off some 75 rounds in less than 30 seconds,” he falsely claimed.

In actuality, the Dayton shooter fired 41 rounds in 30 seconds using a semiautomatic weapon, The Daily Wire reported.

Levine said that “assault weapons” are the weapon-of-choice for the military because they can “mow down an approaching army,” but he failed to note that the military uses fully-automatic weapons that have been banned for purchase by the general public since 1986.

“They’re not useful for hunting. They’re also not useful for self-defense,” he said. “The best weapons for self-defense in your home? A shotgun!”

Levine told the audience that HB961 was created to “mirror” the federal assault weapons ban of 1994 – a ban that he referred to as a “tremendous success” with regards to “reducing the number of mass murders nationwide.”

According to two Department of Justice studies, the ban had little-to-no effect, because the firearms that were banned were not generally used by criminals in the first place, The Daily Wire reported.

The National Rifle Association posted footage of Levine’s bumbling presentation to Twitter, calling the presentation “pathetic.”

“He knows nothing about what he’s trying to ban,” Gun Owners of America Senior Vice President Erich Pratt told the Washington Examiner. “Obviously, he’s watched too many movies…It definitely showed ignorance, and he out-and-out lied about the facts.”

Virginia Citizens Defense League spokesperson Phil Van Cleave agreed.

“It’s clear that he’s way out of his league, and he’s the one trying to make law,” Van Cleave told the Washington Examiner.

You can watch Levine’s town hall presentation in the video below:

Comments (52)
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sbuckner021
sbuckner021

this is comedic gold.

shooter
shooter

Pathetically and totally ignorant. This pile does not deserve to hold any public office...to include dog catcher.

sbuckner021
sbuckner021

as a note, the buzzing in the background of the video is nauseating.

Heezels
Heezels

In my opinion, if things go tits up in Virginia and they have fight to keep their rights, none of them should get a pat on the back and a good game. Those idiots voted in these idiots, and you can’t tell me you’re not surprised that these idiots want to take your guns.

They were republican since 1993. Virginians that voted or failed to vote are culpable for the potential loss of life and should be treated with disdain. Democrats... not even once

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

I wouldn't expect Politicians to know how guns work.

Ron1617
Ron1617

Just another know nothing.

JBoH
JBoH

Is this an "Onion" article?

snafu
snafu

The dolt wasn't smart enough to turn on his microphone. So, not only doesn't he know what an assault weapon is, but he can't even realize his microphone is as dead as his brain. I would post that to friends, but I could barely hear it.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

If you were to take a guy who has been locked in isolation his whole life, give him a brief description of what a gun is and ask him to give a speech on the difference between an assault rifle and a hunting rifle, this is basically what you'd get.

Cloudancing
Cloudancing

Who is this guy? He hasn't really done any actual research on guns and the shooting sports at all. Why do people keep voting witless buffoons like this into office? I couldnt watch the whole video. Just too painful to watch this performing monkey going through his rehearsed routine.

TXMaverick59
TXMaverick59

What a complete moron. Yep, it's all in the way you hold the rifle that makes a difference.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Is he really that stupid or does he just think the voters are? Though, given the fact that he holds office kinda answers the question about voters.

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

Hockeybuckeye
Hockeybuckeye

There is an error by the writer of this story where they said fully automatic firearms haven't been for sale to the public since 1986, this is false. Only full automatics built after when the McClure - Vollmer act became law in 1986 could no longer be for sale to the public limiting sales to police & military only. All the thousands already existing full automatics in the BATF's registry were unaffected and are able to be purchased by the public.

Anomie88
Anomie88

The whole purpose of any gun and why they were invented in the first place is to assault something. Anti-gun zealots use this obvious fact to go after a weapon that accounts for a tiny part of all firearm related assaults. If they pass an assault rifle ban, then that will be the first step to banning handguns and then all guns. They want this country to be Europe 2.0 which is a continent filled with populations of people who are slaves to their governments' wishes. Our country exists to serve its citizens, not the other way around.This idiot is the avatar of anti-2A legislators in our country who are plain ole' liars. Please vote them out.

TruBlu42
TruBlu42

well on a good note, he didn't call it a CLIP! he studied up really well. "He ran out and grabbed the RED HOT MAGAZINE." not "RED HOT CLIP". BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I love you talkie head person.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

This clown is dumber than a turnip. I bet Northam is so proud.

TopDocBo
TopDocBo

Ditto comments already articulated and I would like to add one more. The second buffoon that scolded the audience needed his arrogance checked.

RPG156
RPG156

I routinely ignore everything someone says when they try to influence me with information that I know to be false for the purpose of furthering an illegitimate agenda.

Clearboard1
Clearboard1

As an old sound tech I'm guessing the sound tech at the event is a 2A supporter because the idiot's mic is definitely off, as "snafu" has already pointed out.

ramrodd
ramrodd

*The Second Amendment was not inserted into our Bill of Rights for the purpose of hunting or target shooting. It was put there for the purpose of the people being able to defend themselves from criminals AND from oppressive governments.

ramrodd
ramrodd

Dear NRA.....
Stop "negotiating" excuses to INFRINGE on OUR RIGHTS... If there must be background checks, let's try this idea... Are there any ‘legislators’ that are interested in a UnConstitutional Background Check?

Since SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED means exactly that..

Let’s try a “Background Check” that DOES NOT INFRINGE on anybodies RIGHTS…A FULL, IN DEPTH background check for ALL Politicians, Bureaucrats, and ALL government employees, and set MINIMAL INTELLIGENCE, JOB SKILLS AND CHARACTER QUALITIES that must be met before they can run for office, be appointed or hired.
That way, WE, THE PEOPLE, get a much better class of politicians and bureaucrats, as well as EMPLOYEES that can be trained to do the jobs they are being hired for.
Any bets on how hard the political class will fight to prevent it?
THAT would be a Background Check that nearly ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS will support and I don't much care if the illegals and their sycophants don't like the idea.

ramrodd
ramrodd

2014 - New Yorks 1,000,000 new illegal gun owners..
REFUSED TO REGISTER THEIR MEDIA LABELED ASSAULT WEAPONS....

One million plus new felons, all armed with scary, high capacity, media labeled assault weapons! The deadline for New York residents to register their so called "Assault Weapons" and "High" (read standard) Capacity Magazines came and went. An estimated million plus, formerly law abiding, gun owners have refused to comply with Cuomo and down state Democrat's naive belief that the NY Safe Act, passed in a so called emergency session of the New York legislature, could force free people to register their hard earned property.
And who can blame these once lawful gun owners, with a president that picks and chooses which laws he will follow or enforce, as well as an Federal Attorney General that operates daily with a Contempt of Congress charge and gun running scandal, "Fast & Furious", hanging over his head. Why should the average New York joe, bother to follow the law, especially when it is in direct conflict with the Constitution of the United States, the one true law of the land.

DR226
DR226

Sad this guy actually believes the bs he's spewing. There should be laws to put all politicians under oath before any public speech or news interviews and charge them with perjury when caught lying. Some ignorant people will believe this shit.

Marine.001
Marine.001

I believe everything he said
What isn’t that how guns work?
I think he should arm the deers

Raymelson
Raymelson

Dumb an dumber was a movie until now the Democrats have adopted it as a life style

PoBeals
PoBeals

Is he related to Joe Biden? About the same number of lies told!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Ironically, this guy's wikipedia page includes a picture of him with the US Constitution.

Louise S
Louise S

Are those clown hats on the stage?

unclesmeege 1*
unclesmeege 1*

Glad the audience laughed at the ignoramus....they never should have Stopped!

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

He obviously never played call of duty and quick scoped through an entire match with a hunting rifle... Anyways, if he’s after “assault weapons” he needs a speech against my assault chihuahua. She’s kills anything in our backyard. Lol


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