Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said on CNN last night that AR-15 military-style rifles should not be banned. Gingrich also claimed that the AR-15 was not a "military-style assault weapon" (video below), reports RawStory.com.
CNN host Piers Morgan told Gingrich: “I put it to you that an AR-15 military-style assault weapon was used in the last five mass shootings."
Gingrich denied this: “It’s not a military-style assault weapon. Look, this is a lovely propaganda.”
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Morgan asked: “What else do you call then? A machine that can fire 100 bullets in a minute. What else do you call it?”
Gingrich replied: “I would simply say to you that millions of people, by your own definition, own an AR-15. They’re law-abiding. They think it is their right under our Constitution to own it, and don’t kid the rest of us.”
“The reason you find so many of us, and by the way, it’s a substantial majority, I think the last time I saw, 63 percent of the American people agree that the Second Amendment is actually there to protect us from tyranny. The reason you find so many of us very reluctant to go down this road is we believe each step down this road leads to the next step and the next step and the next step.”