Misfire: Organizing for Action pushing Ronald Reagan quote on machine guns

Organizing for Action, the rebranded Obama campaign team, has tried before to link the 44th president and his policies to those of Ronald Reagan, without much success. Citing Reagan’s support of an assault weapons ban isn’t a stretch, but why disseminate a quote about machine guns? Even Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller couldn’t let that go without comment.

FWIW machine guns are fully automatic weapons and are distinct from semi-automatic assault weapons

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 8, 2013

For what it’s worth, it’s worth a lot. Even after his session at a Texas gun range, we’re still not sure Piers “Musket” Morgan knows what “semi-automatic” means — only that it sounds scary. And now with talk of “assault magazines” entering the national conversation on guns, it’s far past time to clarify the terms of the debate.

@zekejmiller Yes. Yes they are.

— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) February 8, 2013

Someone screenshot this RT @zekejmiller: FWIW machine guns are fully automatic weapons and are distinct from semi-automatic assault weapons

— John Ekdahl, Jr. (@JohnEkdahl) February 8, 2013

@johnekdahl Will he claim to be hacked?

— Tom Stivali (@TStivali) February 8, 2013

@zekejmiller Exactly. The ’86 bill heavily restricted FULLY AUTOMATIC guns. Semi-automatic assault weapons are just “scary looking” rifles.

— Matt Blumenfeld (@MABlumenfeld) February 8, 2013

@zekejmiller Good thing assault weapons are semi-automatic, not fully automatic like machine guns, which were banned in 1986. #redherring

— Nick Hodge (@nickchodge) February 8, 2013

It’s also worth noting, as today’s rallies at state capitols reminded us, that sport shooting has nothing to do with the Second Amendment.

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