Sheila Jackson Lee and the .50-cal AR-15, ‘as heavy as 10 boxes’

Sheila Jackson Lee and the .50-cal AR-15, ‘as heavy as 10 boxes’
Sheila Jackson-Lee. YouTube video

Sometimes you wonder why Democratic politicians even bother.  It seems doubly incredible given that Sheila Jackson Lee represents a district in Texas.

And it’s central Houston, not Austin (where you’re more likely to find refugees from California who’ve never known anything about firearms in their lives).  Rep. Jackson Lee is bound to have constituents who know an AR from a .30-06, and can tell you without bothering to ponder the matter that by far the most common AR-15 round is a .223, with a specialized (let us even say a very specialized) .50 caliber AR-15 round requiring a modified receiver.

There are other things her constituents probably know, such as that one of the principal advantages of the AR-15 is its comparatively light weight (at about 7 pounds).  (A .30-06 will probably run in the 8-9 pound range.)  Although the AR’s lighter weight and contributing attributes mean using it with larger-caliber rounds takes getting used to, and is not for everyone.

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But I digress.  Ms. Jackson Lee doesn’t, so let’s hear her out.  Just start at the beginning; it’s about 28 seconds in.

A thought-provoking aspect of this interview is that the people in the background are witness to it with no change in expression.  Multiple industries’ worth of career professionals dedicated to “controlling” something about which, in Ronald Reagan’s famous words, they know so much that isn’t so.

H/t: Weasel Zippers

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.


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