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Columbia Mall shooting: Dubious claims from the anti-gun lobby

Vinny DeMarco, a progressive lobbyist for sin taxes and gun control issued this disingenuous and misleading statement on the tragic shooting at the Mall in Columbia this past weekend.

A close read of this statement reveals either one of two things.  Vinny the gun grabber has no idea how the guns he banned actually work, or he is deliberately misleading the public.

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The weapon police say Darion Marcus Aguilar used to murder Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson was a Mossburg 12-gauge pistol grip shotgun, loaded with shot.  Shot is not a bullet, as DeMarco would have you believe.  Shot, as opposed to bullets, are small balls or pellets blasted in a wide range.

indicates that Aquilar used shot ammunition because one of the five people injured in was hit by stray buckshot.

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DeMarco is conflating the two types of ammunition.  Shotguns don't use magazines to hold ammunition.  That's like saying football is played with a hockey puck.

Furthermore, his use of the terms "AK-47" and "assault weapon" are meant to put the image of a fully automatic machine gun in the mind of the reader.

Of course, fully automatic machine guns or assault rifles have been banned in the United States since the 1934 National Firearms Act.

Vinny is correct that the semi-automatic variant of AK-47 was banned by the Firearm Safety Act of 2013.  However, the term semi-automatic means one trigger pull, one shot.

Even if state law did not ban the semi-automatic AK-47, it wouldn't be able to "fire more than 10 bullets at one time," as DeMarco would have you believe, because a semi-automatic can only fire one shot at a time, not 10.

DeMarco also leaves out the fact that Maryland's gun law wouldn't have stopped Aguilar from bringing crude, improvised explosive devices to the mall.

The fact of the matter is that the Maryland Firearms Safety Act did not save a single life that tragic Saturday morning.

--Mark Newgent has contributed commentary to The Washington Examiner and National Review Online, and he is an frequent guest on WBAL Radio. His posts appear here regularly via Red Maryland, which has strived to be the premier blog and radio network of conservative and Republican politics and ideas in the free state since 2007.

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