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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Demonstrates Utter Ignorance on Guns: an AR-15 ‘is as Heavy as 10 Boxes’

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Demonstrates Utter Ignorance on Guns: an AR-15 ‘is as Heavy as 10 Boxes’

People who repeatedly demonstrate such ignorance on a subject shouldn’t have the power to regulate it for others.

Democrats and people who work in media scream the loudest when it comes to gun control. Yet they repeatedly prove that they have very little knowledge on the subject.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) recently spoke to reporters about the AR-15. In the span of a minute, showed she had no idea what she was talking about.

Zachary Halaschak writes at the Washington Examiner:

Congresswoman mocked for saying AR-15s are ‘as heavy as’ 10 moving boxes and fire .50 caliber bullets

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee incorrectly claimed that AR-15 rifles fire .50 caliber ammunition and that the weapons are “as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving.”

The Texas Democrat, who is pushing for further gun control policies, made the statement to reporters, claiming that she has held an AR-15 but wished she had not.

“It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving,” Jackson Lee, 69, said. “And the bullet that is utilized, a .50 caliber, these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street.”

A loaded AR-15 weighs about 7.5 pounds and does not fire .50 caliber rounds, but rather .223 ammunition. The difference between the size of the two types of ammunition is stark, with .50 rounds typically used by the military in heavy machine guns and anti-materiel weapons.

See the video below:

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People who repeatedly demonstrate such ignorance on a subject shouldn’t have the power to regulate it for others.

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It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Also, you can’t fix stupid.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to farmermom. | September 25, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    “Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Demonstrates Utter Ignorance”

    Her ignorance goes far beyond guns, it is genetic in nature.

“Perceptions are REAL” is the basis for her world. Even the educationally challenged ‘hood rats KNOW the truth about the Armalite Rifle-15 and its ammunition. Perhaps they should demonstrate to Rep. Lee.

The Friendly Grizzly | September 25, 2019 at 9:15 am

Some will take what she says at face value. Why? Because she has some notoriety and is seen as an authority figure.

Meryl Streep testified before Congress about ALAR, a spray for apples. She’s an actress, so of course she has expertise in agricultural chemistry.

The only AR items I ever know about were the AR Xa, AR 3, AR 2a, and the AR 2W.

Escaped from RI | September 25, 2019 at 9:16 am

Next from the Democrat playbook: Calling Shelia Jackson Lee ignorant is racist and misogynist.

    You don’t understand what is happening. Everything is bigger in Texas, even our morons. California has really stepped out with their morons Maxine and Caramatoe. Beto, Al Green and Sheila being Texans realize this and cannot stand for another state having better morons than Texas so they have upped their game to bring the honor back home. It’s just a case of Texas pride. Every thing is so much better in Texas that Oklahoma even hired two old Texas Tech coaches for their football team.

    But she REALLY IS ignorant. Your typical affirmative action Congress critter.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Escaped from RI. | September 25, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    The truth is often seen by stupid people as racist. Some peoples low IQ is whitie’s fault.

Sheila Jackson Lee hardly ever knows what she’s talking about. If she says she is hungry, question the statement. Anyone who thinks our astronauts left a US flag on Mars is not to be trusted with a book of matches.

Has she ever picked up a moving box herself?

Sheila Jackson Lee repeatedly demonstrates ignorance every single time she opens her yap. How her voters are not embarrassed is beyond me.

More troubling than Sheila’s vomit of verbosity are the feckless dullards who keep re-electing this ignorant and venal witch.

It’s so easy to be minorly educated on this stuff. How do they not know the basics?

It’s so perplexing.

Little known fact: It takes as few as 25 AR15s loaded with extended magazine folding clip things if properly placed on a corner of Guam island to tip the island over. Many people think that is what George Bush was up to until Representative Hank Johnson exposed his plan. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee remembers her facts.

Lee also claimed that a AR 15 was planted on Mars along with the flag!

“As heavy as 10 boxes”. Boxes of what? When is the last time this fool/tool has picked up a box of anything?

“Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Demonstrates Utter Ignorance on Guns:…”

can be truncated to

“Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Demonstrates Utter Ignorance.”

No need to limit the scope.

People who repeatedly demonstrate such ignorance on a subject shouldn’t have the power to regulate it for others.

Actually, they don’t. Because of that “shall not be infringed” thing.

Telling them that doesn’t seem to do much good, though.

She’s always been dumb as a sack of hammers.

    I am thinking of inventing a new construction tool. It will be marketed as, “The Smart-Hammer”. It will be a standard framing-type or finish hammer, but won’t turn on unless held by the handle.

      Provide a ring with it to wear when using it. Don’t make any claims about the ring and the “smart” part. Just insist they wear the ring with it….

How much does 10 boxes of stupid weigh anyway?

JackinSilverSpring | September 25, 2019 at 10:59 am

During the Lewandowski hearing, she referred to Vol. II of the Mueller Report as volume eleven. It just goes to show that intelligence is not a prerequisite for being elected as a Democrat to Congress.

If ignorance is bliss, she has to be one of the happiest hamsters in da House.

Better to keep that mouth shut, Sheila, lest even more flies get in there.

Ah…. there is a smidgeon of truth in her statement. I give you the 500 Beowulf . So yes there is a 50 cal cartridge that runs in AR chassis. It’s not Ma-Duece level so it’s the switch-a-roo by Dems to infer it is the 50 cal Browning (PBUH).

“For my non-gun peeps: claiming an AR-15 shoots .50 caliber bullets is as asinine as saying your car runs on orange juice.”

It is interesting to read all of the gun “experts” who assert that the AR-15 is a .223/5.56 platform, when just a brief look online will show the variety of commonly available “uppers” in cals other than .223.

FWIW, at my count, the AR-15 platform can be used to fire about 50 different types of cartridges, two of which are .50 ca., the .50 Beowulf and a kludge set up for the .50 BMG. Still doesn’t excuse the fact that Ms. Jackson Lee is too dumb to breath.

    UnCivilServant in reply to SHV. | September 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    While true, do you honestly think she meant or even knew about those optional modifications?

    Mac45 in reply to SHV. | September 25, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    If you want to get TECHNICAL, the only true AR-15 platform is chambered in .223 Remington/5.56NATO. See, the ORIGINAL Armalite platform was the AR-10, chambered in 7.62 NATO. The AR-15 was a sub-caliber variant of that weapon chambered in .223 Remington. And, the only reason why it is now the main battle carbine in the US military is because of McNamara’s obsession with standardizing the weaponry of the military when he was SecDef. The USAF liked the AR-15, largely to replace their M1s and M1 carbines, which they used mainly for base defense. The infantry services, the USA and USMC did not have any desire to field them. McNamara sided with the AF and allowed them to adopt the weapon, at which point his Whiz Kids essentially forced it on all the services.

    The kicker is that the weapon platform has never been very efficient for the role of infantry battle rifle. And, it has had to be extensively redesigned in order to make it reliable. After 55 years of service, it is still being tweaked. However, nothing can be done about its biggest failings, terminal ballistics and effective range.

    tom_swift in reply to SHV. | September 25, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    It is interesting to read all of the gun “experts” who assert that the AR-15 is a .223/5.56 platform

    And English speakers will note that she didn’t say “platform”. She didn’t say “AR-15-like” or AR-15-esque” either.

    Attempts to confuse the issue with terminology games quickly stray into rocky waters. The AR-15 was concocted by Colt to sell the M-16 to the non-military and non-police markets, using (or misusing) the appellation ArmaLite had used for its original design. In fact, the original ArmaLite AR-15 was an “assault rifle”; the Colt AR-15 (and its copycats from dozens of other firms) is not. In common usage today, AR-15 invariably means a gun which is not an assault rifle in any way, shape or form. But let’s hope the Press never catches on that there are some grounds for confusion, else they’ll all pretend to be confused.

    For present purposes it’s clear that SJL is ignorant and just plain wrong.

    Firewatch in reply to SHV. | September 25, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    My new house has a hedge and I’m considering the hedge trimmer bayonet. Has anyone tried one?

The kludge for AR with 50 Browning is essentially just the lower receiver with its firing control. The full use of both upper and lower receivers would be the Beowulf. I prefer the 6.5 Grendel in full AR chassis.

“Ah…. there is a smidgeon of truth in her statement.”
Sorta the “stopped clock” scenario. Similar to K. Harris saying that in 30 States, a person can buy a firearm with a “click of a mouse” on line, “need universal background checks, blah, blah” Pure BS but you can buy 80% “lowers” on line with a “click of a mouse”, no background check and have an AR after a few hours of work. (except NJ)

    alaskabob in reply to SHV. | September 25, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    80% lowers require the owner to machine out the last 20%. The receiver then can be used to complete a firearm, but only for the owner and it can not be sold or given away. The banned shooter that went on a recent spree used such a created firearm… which from reports was built by someone else. Fully illegal and we will never hear about the builder being arrested for this as doesn’t fit the narrative.

    The Dem weapon of choice is falsehoods. The “big lie” is alive and well being deeply embedded in Leftist culture.

      DaveGinOly in reply to alaskabob. | September 25, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      You can finish your own 80% lower and then sell it. You just can’t seem to have finished for the purpose of selling it. Although if you do it once, the ATF would probably leave you alone (even if they became aware) because it would be nearly impossible to prove that you intended to sell the lower once you finished it. You definitely can’t turn them out and sell them serially, or the “seem” part goes away and the ATF, should they catch wind of what you’re doing, will bring the hammer down for illegally manufacturing firearms. The serial nature of the activity will go a long way to prove your intent to illegally manufacture firearms – it wasn’t a single lower you decided to not build up so you gave it to a buddy.

      However if you finish a lower, build a rifle from it, and use that rifle for a couple of years, you most certainly can sell it, as you can sell any other form of legally-owned property. The only requirement is that it must have a serial number when you part with it. You can make and possess your own un-serialized firearm, but you cannot transfer one.

        drednicolson in reply to DaveGinOly. | September 26, 2019 at 1:24 am

        With a to-scale 3D model and appropriate software, you can 3D-print an unfinished lower out of plastic or composite. Then either finish and use as-is (just don’t expect it to last very long), or leave unfinished as the base form for making a casting mold.

        alaskabob in reply to DaveGinOly. | September 26, 2019 at 1:50 am

        Supposed to be reply and as many know the thumbs down is too close. Thanks for clarification as to sale of firearm with 80%…intent to own and later decided to sell. New York is presently trying to ban sale of parts for “assault” whatevers. Another first step toward progressive utopia.

    alaskabob in reply to SHV. | September 25, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    “SHV” as in “Shooting Hunting Varmint” series of Nightforce scopes?

another demo (just like maxine) who contradicts the old adage about book covers

she IS as stupid as she looks(probably more so)

Sheila Jackson Lee is on to us. It isn’t as if Army and USMC infantrymen have enough to carry. We want to burden them with a rifle that weighs several tons. Because we officers are into playing cruel practical jokes on the troops.

The headline could have stopped after the word “ignorance”. Put big period after that word and you’ve summed up SJL.

In Sheila’s defense, she hasn’t lifted a finger in a good 30 years, so she doesn’t know how heavy a box is.

live television/streaming just isn’t her medium–she’s better suited to some sort of travelling carnival, with a sideman and a tambourine–” Honestly folks, she can talk !!”

You know what would have been shocking? If even one of these gun grabbers knew what they were talking about. Just once if they could get one thing right I’d be happy to buy them a cup of coffee. At least they would have put some effort into their schtick.

I was hoping for another run on AR’s so I could move up to a Larue.

“Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can’t help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.”

When someone like Colion Noir calls out SJL’s stupidity, it’s hard to play the race card. However he will get called out for “betraying his race.” This is why liberals can’t let Black Americans off the plantation.

Wait. Does she mean 10 empty boxes? That might not be wildly inaccurate.