I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it.
The Washington Times came out with a report today that the White House is trying to sell the proposed ban on “green tips” – 5.56 M855 ammunition rounds, which can be used in the popular AR-15 rifle (as well as the military M16) – as a way of saving police officers’ lives.
The White House said Monday that President Obama believes a ban on bullets commonly used with the AR-15 rifle will save police officers’ lives.
“We are looking at additional ways to protect our brave men and women in law enforcement, and believe that this process is valuable for that reason alone,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
Calling it a “common sense step,” Earnest went on to make no sense at all:
“The president has long believed that there are some common-sense steps that we can take … to ensure that we’re protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans while also taking some common-sense steps to prevent people who shouldn’t have guns from getting them,” he said.
Mr. Earnest added, “This seems to be an area where everyone should agree that if there are armor-piercing bullets available that can fit into easily concealed weapons, that it puts our law enforcement at considerably more risk.”
None of this weird speech hangs together; it’s just a series of unrelated buzzphrases strung together. But let that pass, for the moment.