Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) called for restrictions on magazine capacity for firearms in an interview with left-wing MSNBC’s Chuck Todd that aired on Sunday’s Meet The Press. In addition to supporting a ban on “assault weapons,” he acknowledged definitional problems related to the nebulous term in the context of drafting legislation to undermine the Second Amendment.
Ammunition clips and magazines for private citizens, said Kaine, should be subject to limitations as set by Congress.
“As soon as you define what an assault weapon is – you can’t sell a weapon and here’s how we describe it – gun manufacturers just make one adjustment or two and they say, ‘See? This isn’t subject to the limitation.’ Whereas if you say, ‘You can’t sell an ammunition clip or a magazine that would have more than 10 or 12 rounds,” said Kaine.
“Ammunition is the way to go?” asked Todd for clarification.
“I really think that’s probably the way to tackle the problem more effectively,” confirmed Kaine.
Inadvertently describing the Second Amendment as a “problem,” Kaine sought to undermine the right to keep and bear arms.
“I think there’s a better way to go at the problem, and that is limitations on the size of magazine and ammunition clips,” said Kaine, adding that he supports a ban on the sale of the AR-15.
In this Feb. 4, 2016, file photo, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., gives a ‘thumbs-up’ as he takes his seat at the head table for the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Hillary Clinton’s search for a running mate is moving into a more intense phase, according to several Democrats, as aides contact a pared down pool of candidates to ask for reams of personal information and set up interviews with the vetting team. Those on the shortlist include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kaine, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
In explaining his support for Clinton, Kaine praised the former Secretary of State’s “character.”
“The reason I’m helping Hillary – I encouraged her to run in May of 2014 – because I could telescope forward and see some of the challenges that this nation would be facing,” said Kaine. “I decided that by reason of character, by reason of background and experience, but also especially by reason of results, she would be the most qualified person to be president in January of 2017.”
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