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Rosie O’Donnell claims to have ‘begged’ for gun ban that already existed

Once again, liberals have found themselves woefully uninformed when it comes to firearms — and the latest walking repository of misinformation is none other than actress-turned-activist Rosie O’Donnell.

In a stunning display of ignorance regarding an issue with which she should have been intimately familiar, O’Donnell insisted that she has “begged for” an assault rifle ban “since Columbine 1999,” when she took part in the “million mom march.”

There’s only one problem: assault weapons have been banned in Denver, Colorado, since 1989 — and this did nothing to stop the tragedy of Columbine.

Low information shooter

Ms. O’Donnell’s virtue signaling appeared on Twitter, where she repeatedly referred to National Rifle Association (NRA) Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre as “Wayne” and implored him to “#beDECENT” and “compromise.”

Check it out:

According to Denver Channel 7 News, the law banning assault weapons was on the books in Denver, where Columbine High School is located, for a decade prior to the mass shooting. The law was clear:

The 1989 city ordinance bans the use of all semiautomatic action, centerfire rifles with a detachable magazine with a capacity of more than fifteen rounds. Bump stocks are also prohibited.

This applies to the mystical AR-15 family of rifles, which liberals of O’Donnell’s intellectual capacity mistakenly call “machine guns” and insist stands for “assault rifle 15.” In addition to this local ordinance, there was also a federal ban on assault weapons instituted by the Bill Clinton administration that should have protected the children of Columbine.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) recognized the inability of draconian gun control legislation to stop these crimes during his Sunday appearance on Meet the Press. He noted:

You had a ban on assault rifles in 1999 when Columbine happened. The so-called assault weapons ban lasted from ’94 to 2004. Columbine fell right in the middle of that. The assault weapons ban would do nothing to stop school shootings.

On the books

Contrary to O’Donnell’s shrill insistence that the NRA should “compromise” with the gun control lobby, stricter gun laws rarely work to reduce the chances for a mass shooting event. In fact, if the laws that are already on the books were simply enforced as they were intended, numerous tragedies could have been averted.

This is precisely the point that the subject of O’Donnell’s wrath made when speaking to an audience at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) just days after the Parkland, Florida mass shooting. LaPierre contended that Americans should simply employ the current background check system as it was intended to prevent these tragedies.

Massie outlined some of these lost opportunities during his Meet the Press interview. In Parkland, authorities were warned numerous times that shooter Nikolas Cruz was not just a public menace, but a threat to his former school district.

In the recent Sutherland Springs, Texas school shooting, Devin Patrick Kelley would have never had the opportunity to kill 26 people if his former employer, the U.S. Air Force, followed protocol and forwarded his criminal record to the FBI. Still, Massie recognizes that current background check procedures are powerless to stop criminals who secure guns unlawfully. He explained:

Look, you could put all the information you want in it, but the shooter in Connecticut who stole his mother’s firearms and shot her before he committed the crime wouldn’t– isn’t going to be stopped by a background check.

Neither were the two perpetrators in Columbine who got other people to buy the guns for them. One of them. One of the straw purchasers went to prison for that, because talk about the handgun, you know 21 age. The guy who went to prison he was 22, and he sold a handgun to one of the perpetrators who was 17.

A family affair

Like many of her liberal elitist friends who champion gun control reforms, O’Donnell wants to deprive other people of their right to defend themselves, while retaining the option to defend her own family. In May 2000, O’Donnell’s bodyguard applied for a concealed carry permit so that he could be discreetly armed while protecting O’Donnell’s then-five-year-old son — while he was in school!

Unsurprisingly, liberals jumped to their gun control matriarchs defense.

“She’s not being a hypocrite,” said singer Melissa Manchester, who was at the Million Mom March with O’Donnell. “The Million Mom March is not to take away guns, it’s to regulate guns.”

O’Donnell also stressed that her goal was never to outlaw guns, but simply to make sure that they are licensed and registered. She argued that her ability to furnish professional protection for herself and her family had nothing to do with her reasonable stance on gun control.

“Whether or not my family is in need of armed guards, that doesn’t change my position on gun control. It’s not inconsistent,” she concluded.

Hypocritical much?

Except in June of 2000 — one month after the Million Mom March and her son’s bodyguard’s attempt to bring a concealed firearm to preschool, but before she insisted that she stood for common sense gun control measures — O’Donnell had this to say during a debate with gun rights advocates:

I know [the right to bear arms is] in the Constitution. But you know what? Enough! I would like to say, I think there should be a law — and I know this is extreme — that no one can have a gun in the U.S. If you have a gun, you go to jail. Only the police should have guns. It’s ridiculous. 

So much for “COMPROMISE Wayne COMPROMISE?” The same hypocrite who wanted to imprison gun owners (who aren’t protecting her family) now demands that her political opposites “#beDECENT.”

In truth, O’Donnell does not want stricter gun laws — she wants the federal government to come knocking on doors to pry weapons from the hands of U.S. citizens. She fails to understand the applicability of the very laws for which she advocates, and refuses to listen to any alternative theories for preventing violence.

And sadly, Rosie O’Donnell is liberal America.