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Reverend Jesse Jackson claims assault weapons can “shoot down airplanes”
Red Alert Politics ^ | /// January 17, 2013 | Erin Brown

Posted on 01/17/2013 5:57:07 PM PST by Red Steel

“Bang! Bang! Bang!”

Hear that? It’s the sound of an assault weapon in the hands of a rogue individual, taking down an airplane flying overhead.

At least, that’s what the Reverend Jesse Jackson thinks assault weapons can do. The Reverend’s misinformed assertion that assault weapons are capable of shooting down airplanes came during a Fox News appearance yesterday.

“These semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapons, can only kill people, and in fact, they are threats to national security … the young man who did the killing in Aurora, Colorado … he could shoot down airplanes, so this is a matter of homeland security as well,” he said while speaking about gun control with anchor Martha MacCallum on ‘America’s Newsroom.’ The debate about gun control has permeated the national dialogue ever since the tragic massacre of 26 innocent victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month involved a gun.

An assault weapon is a loose term not easily defined, often brought up in discussions about gun control, and commonly refers to the high-powered rifles and other guns that are used in tragic shootings, such as the AR-15. And according to Jason Hanson, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who spoke to The Blaze, using a rifle similar to the one Aurora shooter James Holmes used, “it would be impossible to shoot down a plane. (Okay, nothing is impossible, but it would be as likely as aliens knocking on my front door tomorrow.) I’ve never heard of a rifle shooting down civilians plane outside of a war zone either.”

Even Michael Knox, a criminology consultant with a specialty in firearms and ballistics, said the AR-15, “is no more capable than any other firearm of shooting down a plane–less capable than most hunting rifles–so, Jesse Jackson’s claim would mean that all firearms are a threat to national security.” He went on to say, “Clearly, Jackson is reaching for gun control rhetoric and he would be well-served to do some research on firearms before making such absurd public statements.

We await comment from the White House and its liberal parrots on whether or not the Reverend’s comedic comments are a welcome distraction from the President of the United States and his recently issued controversial executive actions.

(h/t to The Blaze for catching the glaring flaw in Reverend Jackson’s statement.)


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1 posted on 01/17/2013 5:57:15 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

We know that’s not true because Air Farce One is still flying.


2 posted on 01/17/2013 5:58:15 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Red Steel

omg lololol....what a whack...


3 posted on 01/17/2013 5:58:41 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: Red Steel

they can “cut off nuts” too Jesse


4 posted on 01/17/2013 5:59:57 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Red Steel

Thousands of planes go down each...due to assault rifles. Only by outlawing them....will we be safe again in America.

By the way...assault rifles also cause obesity. Assault rifles also cause poverty. Assault rifles cause marriage problems. Assault rifles can also cause baldness and crouch itch.


5 posted on 01/17/2013 6:00:41 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: Red Steel

Reckon it’s possible, if the plane were less than 1000 feet up, and a bullet hit a hydraulic line or a vital electronic component.

That’s pretty good shootin’.


6 posted on 01/17/2013 6:01:26 PM PST by lurk
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To: Red Steel

Wow...wonder if they can take out drones?


7 posted on 01/17/2013 6:01:43 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Red Steel

Jesse should have treated his VD years ago when he had the chance.Now his mind is gone.


8 posted on 01/17/2013 6:02:02 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: pepsionice

Not to mention assault rifles leave the toilet seat up and kick your dog.


9 posted on 01/17/2013 6:02:19 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: Red Steel

The liberal dems don’t need to check facts, they just spew their garbage and the msm takes it as gospel.


10 posted on 01/17/2013 6:03:17 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Red Steel

FYI...when you are close to an airport and it’s landing pattern, a high powered rifle could make it a bad day for the passengers. Especially if it hits one of the engines...but then again so do the green lasers...just sayin’ as a former gun owner...boating accident...you know the story.


11 posted on 01/17/2013 6:09:52 PM PST by BreezyDog (Illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: Red Steel

Same thing they said about .50 Cal rifles.


12 posted on 01/17/2013 6:10:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Red Steel

sweet!

Then my .45 ACP can shoot down UFO’s then?


13 posted on 01/17/2013 6:10:23 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Conservative4Ever

This is the fault of the right for not hammering these idiots into oblivion when they spew this nonsense. They just sit there dumbfounded at the idiotic comments and only a scant few ever attempt to fight back.


14 posted on 01/17/2013 6:11:10 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: Red Steel

Ft Hood~~~ Registered Democrat ~ Muslim

Columbine ~~~ Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals

Virginia Tech ~~~ Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff ~ Registered Democrat

Colorado Theater ~~~ Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal

Connecticut School Shooter- ~~~ Registered Democrat; hated Christians,

Does anyone see a trend here?


15 posted on 01/17/2013 6:11:37 PM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: pepsionice
If you live on an island and stack all your rifles on one side, the island could you know, like uh, tip over.

Before I get flamed, I know Jesse Jackass didn't say that, but the intelligence level and thought processes are the same.

16 posted on 01/17/2013 6:13:32 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: DJ Taylor

Just wow.

Please post this everywhere. And often.


17 posted on 01/17/2013 6:14:23 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: DJ Taylor

yep, they’re all right wing gun nuts.


18 posted on 01/17/2013 6:14:48 PM PST by RC one (.From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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‘reverend’ my ass .. you’re a lowlife ghetto pimp, NOTHING more.


19 posted on 01/17/2013 6:14:59 PM PST by tomkat ( .. shall NOT be infringed)
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To: Dutch Boy

That is my thought exactly...where are the news people hammering back. I am so sick of this crap.


20 posted on 01/17/2013 6:17:29 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Red Steel

“ol Jessie been watching too many old movies - like Johnny Dangerously -

Dutch: It’s the .88 Magnum. They made it for him special.
Danny Vermin: It shoots through schools.


21 posted on 01/17/2013 6:17:37 PM PST by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: Girlene
Wow...wonder if they can take out drones?

I suspect we will know within a year or two.

22 posted on 01/17/2013 6:19:11 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Red Steel

They should outlaw “assault” birds for they can do great harm if they strike an aircraft.


23 posted on 01/17/2013 6:19:55 PM PST by teacherwoes ("I saw under the sun in the place of judgment wickedness, and in the place of justice iniquity.")
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To: Red Steel

This coming from the man who has probably shaken hands as friends with more terrorist hijackers of passenger jets than anyone other than Yassir Arafat.


24 posted on 01/17/2013 6:20:44 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Bring back the booby hatches.)
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To: Red Steel

Yes, you can bring down a small aircraft with small arms fire, including a AR-15. It is still part of Army doctrine for active air defense measures. I’m not supporting his pov, just bringing up that fact.


25 posted on 01/17/2013 6:21:29 PM PST by Theoria
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To: Red Steel

I heard that assault rifles cause milk to curdle and causes crops to fail. If you throw a rifle in a well, and it sinks, then its a witch...er...I mean, it’s an Assault Rifle!


26 posted on 01/17/2013 6:25:58 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Red Steel

Hey Jessie, they can sink a ship!


27 posted on 01/17/2013 6:26:39 PM PST by Captain7seas (Fire Jane Lubchenco)
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To: Repeat Offender

It would tip over...if they were mutli-shot American assault rifles. But if they were Chinese-made single-shot assault rifles...the island would float like a majestic Mallard Duck.


28 posted on 01/17/2013 6:29:07 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: Red Steel

They can bring down a Cadillac.


29 posted on 01/17/2013 6:31:15 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: pepsionice
assault rifles also cause obesity

Nah, spoons do that.
30 posted on 01/17/2013 6:34:03 PM PST by sasquatch
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To: pepsionice

“By the way...assault rifles also cause obesity. Assault rifles also cause poverty. Assault rifles cause marriage problems. Assault rifles can also cause baldness and crouch itch.”

And don’t forget, most of ‘em are black. Ooops. That sounded kinda racist. ;>))


31 posted on 01/17/2013 6:38:57 PM PST by zagger
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To: Red Steel

Good thing the Space Shuttle is done flying.


32 posted on 01/17/2013 6:41:59 PM PST by Captain7seas (Fire Jane Lubchenco)
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To: Red Steel
Forget the gun; it is the mouths of Liberals that need a protective lock. These people are a public 'hazard'; every time they speak.

Stop their madness. . .

33 posted on 01/17/2013 6:47:42 PM PST by cricket
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To: DJ Taylor
Ft Hood~~~ Registered Democrat ~ Muslim
Columbine ~~~ Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals
Virginia Tech ~~~ Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff ~ Registered Democrat
Colorado Theater ~~~ Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal
Connecticut School Shooter- ~~~ Registered Democrat; hated Christians,
Does anyone see a trend here?

nice summary, attach some references and go public!

34 posted on 01/17/2013 6:49:21 PM PST by norton
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To: Red Steel
Assault weapons cause cancer of the toe nails. Assault rifles crack sidewalks. Assault rifles make cats cough up hair balls and male dogs lick their genitals. Assault rifles force teen-agers to rebel against their parents and start smoking cigarettes and even stranger things. Assault rifles force price increases at chain groceries from coast to coast, and there's nothing the feral government can do to stop it but ban those terrible assault weapons! Assault rifles make new wrinkles appear on your grandmother's face. Assault rifles cause freeway crashes in Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Chicago, and other major metropolitan anti-corruption success stories. Assault rifles contribute trillions of cubic hectare-decibels of noise to global warming every year, which kills poor little baby seals and polar bears. Assault rifles use 3.2 times as much scarce electricity as ordinary rifles. Assault rifles make freshly diapered babies squint and wiggle and start to cry because their diapers are wet. Assault rifles give President You Didn't Build that a really bad tummy hurtum. Assault rifles give Senator Feinstein a really bad tummy hurtum and a really, really, really bad case of gas, though to be fair, her gas attacks satisfy both of Senator Schumer's deepest and most luscious lifelong sexual cravings. Assault rifles kill more pre-teen-aged children in India every year than helium balloons. Assault weapons steal soap and wash cloths and small bottles of squash-scented shampoo from motels by the truckload. Assault rifles make mothers burn scrambled eggs, fathers lose their tempers and cut off finger tips with power saws, eleven-year-old daughters run away to Tibet. Assault rifles are the single leading cause of dental cavities in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Nevada, and Bolovia. Assault weapons do nearly as effective a job of enticing leftist extremists and elected misrepresentatives into making spectacular public fools of themselves as fiscal and taxation topics that require arithmetic more difficult than can be done on this many fingers.

Aren't you glad you've got some assault weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition? Don't you wish every American patriot did, too?

35 posted on 01/17/2013 6:54:00 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: Red Steel

Jesse’s right but there’s more:

Assault weapons can knock down ICBMs and spy satellites. And worse? They cause global warming ...


36 posted on 01/17/2013 6:57:03 PM PST by GOPJ ( Gang members breaking down YOUR door-daughter&wife screaming -Dems took YOUR gun. Shots fired.)
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To: Red Steel

The sad thing is that a large portion of the LIVs (low information voters) will believe this idiot.


37 posted on 01/17/2013 7:00:49 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: DJ Taylor
Have said from the beginning; that it is Liberalism and Liberals that are America's greatest threat. Ban it; ban them. . .or at least; hold them accountable. Demand warning labels. . .

And why have we not ever heard the results of the autopsy - as to what drugs were in Lanzas' system; and just what condition was his brain.

Was certain; as were many; no doubt; per the prior perps; that this too, had the Liberal hand print. Hit the mark in so many ways; including the absence of 'critical thinking' on behalf of the Mother; and most of those in contact with. 'Had to be'. The judgment impairment; as well; that all played out here; nailed it. . .as did the deed itself.

It is infuriating; that the Repubs simply will not bother to 'connect the Liberal dots'; while ignoring the Left's ascriptions of Gun-owner/Repub guilt. . .and our entire Country; our Constitution; our Rights; being damned by it all.

38 posted on 01/17/2013 7:18:57 PM PST by cricket
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To: norton
"nice summary, attach some references and go public!"

That's what investigative journalists do, isn't it? If you can find one who hasn't sold his soul to Karl Marx, put him on the case.

39 posted on 01/17/2013 7:36:06 PM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: pepsionice
Assault rifles also cause poverty.

At their current market prices I would say this statement is true. :-)

40 posted on 01/17/2013 7:46:52 PM PST by OldMissileer
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To: Red Steel
For the good Reverrrrruuuunddd Jackson, a BLACK Klingon doing a face palm:


41 posted on 01/17/2013 7:56:39 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: cricket

Here’s something to ponder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx9GxXYKx_8&sns=em


42 posted on 01/17/2013 8:07:06 PM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Red Steel
Way to go Jesse, give nutcases some ideas. And, when some nut does just that, will it be Jesse Jackson's fault, or Bush's fault? Inquiring minds want to know.

Should we offer more ideas here?

43 posted on 01/17/2013 8:27:25 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: max americana
Then my .45 ACP can shoot down UFO’s then?

Only if it's below 25,000 ft.

44 posted on 01/17/2013 9:11:11 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Red Steel

Well, like gosh, dude — perhaps a .223 Remington or a 7.62x39 bullet can shoot down an airplane on your planet, but not here in the real world. You really need to stop doing that blow [cocaine], Rev. You’re getting a little wacky. Spend more time with the mistress and your love child in California on the Rainbow PUSH nickel, Jesse.


45 posted on 01/17/2013 9:57:32 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Theoria
Theoria said: "It is still part of Army doctrine for active air defense measures. "

Is that right?

When I was in Army basic training in 1968 we were taught not to bother shooting at aircraft, and we were training with M-14s.

46 posted on 01/18/2013 1:11:11 AM PST by William Tell
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To: Red Steel

Marble mouthed moron.


47 posted on 01/18/2013 5:06:25 AM PST by Amagi (John "Cry Baby" Boehner is a traitorous weasel.)
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To: DJ Taylor
Registered Democrat

I think the Tuscon shooter was also a registered democrat.

48 posted on 01/18/2013 8:29:13 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (0 bummer inherited a worse economy in 2012 than he did in 2008.)
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To: William Tell
You can see it here in FM 44-8[pdf]. Section, 5-4. Use against UAV's as well.

Some examples.


49 posted on 01/18/2013 10:51:23 AM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria
Thanks. This was a very interesting read.

We had one night of tracer firing during my training, so it was interesting to read about how tracers would be used to adjust aiming points for aircraft.

My recollection is that the guidance I was given NOT to bother firing at aircraft was addressing the individual soldier. The manual makes it clear that you need to create a high volume of fire to have a decent chance of success, meaning that an entire squad should engage simultaneously.

50 posted on 01/18/2013 1:26:35 PM PST by William Tell
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