Gen. McChrystal Throws Weight Behind Effort to Ban Firearms
January 9, 2012
Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal threw his weight behind the government effort to rollback the Second Amendment on Tuesday.
“I spent a career carrying typically either a M16, and later a M4 carbine,” McChrystal told MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “And a M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed to do that. That’s what our soldiers ought to carry.”
“I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we’ve got to take a serious look — I understand everybody’s desire to have whatever they want — but we have to protect our children and our police and we have to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that.”
The unofficial don of the anti-Second Amendment movement, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, enthusiastically supported McChrystal’s call to disarm the American people.
“Stanley McChrystal is a guy who has more credibility than I ever will have in terms of guns and the damage that guns can do,” he said during a round table discussion. “He’s devoted his life to public service. But Stanley McChrystal can be as good a spokesman as can the five of us.”