Thursday, September 25, 2008

John Lott Takes to the Woodshed

Analysis: Fact-Checkers Fall Short in Criticizing NRA's Anti-Obama Ads

"Ban Rifle Ammunition Commonly Used for Hunting and Sport Shooting" -- acknowledges that Obama voted for a bill that would “expand the definition of armor piercing ammunition,” but labels this statement as “false.” Their evidence is a statement by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ted Kennedy, that the bill “is not about hunting.”

But here is the problem with Kennedy’s claim. The bill banned ammunition that “may be used in a handgun” and can penetrate the “minimum,” type 1, level of body armor, which only protects against the lowest-powered handgun cartridges. Any center-fire rifle, including those used for hunting or target practice, can penetrate this “minimum” armor. There are handguns that can fire these rifle rounds, so the bill’s language of banning ammunition that “may be used in a handgun” would be met.

I'd almost pity for the thrashing they're getting over this, but I don't. (The second set of bold type was my doing)

Thanks to Ashley for the pointer.

Update: Thirdpower has more.


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