|Firearm expert Lawrence O'Donnell|
Sunday, February 25, 2018
MSNBC: Handguns Are Too Slow To Stop A School Shooter
The following article appeared in the Daily Caller on February 23rd
MSNBC anchors are claiming that teachers armed with handguns would be unable to stop a school shooter because rifles shoot “three times faster.”
Anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said on his show Thursday night that “a bullet fired from an AR-15 travels 3x faster than one from a handgun…and yet the president and the NRA think giving teachers guns will stop a school shooter.”
Stephanie Ruhle similarly asked, “How does the best marksman in the world with a handgun take down a shooter with an AR-15 (bullets travel 3x faster).”
While bullets fired from rifles do travel faster than those fired by handguns, the difference comes down to a matter of milliseconds, which would be negligible in any confrontation with a shooter. In close range situations, the difference in bullet velocity matters even less.
The pair also seemingly failed to consider why handguns are standard issue weapons for police officers.
A number of Twitter users pointed out the stupidity of O’Donnell and Ruhle’s claims.
Ed. And these jag-offs get by with this drivel because no one in their on-air panel of geniuses would be willing to call them on it; even if they knew better.