Ret. General McChrystal says ‘serious action’ needed on gun control


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brnmw
January 8, 2013, 05:38 PM
McChrystal says ‘serious action’ needed on gun control
..By Claudine Zap
.Posts .By Claudine Zap | The Lookout – 3 hrs ago....
Speaking on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" Tuesday, Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said some weapons should be carried only by soldiers, not civilians.

"I spent a career carrying typically either an M16, and later an M4 carbine," he said. "And an M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It's designed to do that. And that's what our soldiers ought to carry."

The general added, "I personally don't think there's any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we've got to take a serious look. I understand everybody's desire to have whatever they want, but we’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we've got to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that."

The general, who had to resign his position as commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan after a Rolling Stone magazine profile in 2010 that included unflattering comments about the Obama administration, is back in the public eye to promote his book, "My Share of the Task."

The former military man told the show, “I think serious action is necessary. Sometimes we talk about very limited actions on the edges, and I just don’t think that’s enough.”

Asked what his message would be to the NRA and the House Judiciary Committee, he said, “I think we have to look at legislation. The number of people in America killed by firearms is extraordinary compared to other nations. And I don’t think we’re a bloodthirsty culture, and so I think we need to look at everything we can do to safeguard our people.”

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I guess the General has spoken....:scrutiny:

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Cosmoline
January 8, 2013, 05:42 PM
When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It's designed to do that. And that's what our soldiers ought to carry."

Admission of war crimes under Hague and current international law? The DOD has heretofore denied the 5.56 was in fact "designed to do that." I know we never actually ratified Hague, but I'm pretty sure the DOD has itself agreed to its principals esp. in NATO operations like Afghanistan. So an admission by General McFootnmouth that his troops used bullets designed to tear apart human bodies certainly seems to cross the line. Let's keep an eye on his further comments to see if he gives enough rope to be hung.

bikerdoc
January 8, 2013, 05:52 PM
sarcasm on
We all should pay attention to sacked General, who is trying to make book bucks.

Sarcasm off

JohnM
January 8, 2013, 05:55 PM
McChrystal has long since lost any credibility he had.

saturno_v
January 8, 2013, 06:34 PM
"And an M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It's designed to do that. And that's what our soldiers ought to carry."


ah ah ah ah...what about the 30-06 or the 300 Win Mag used by millions to hunt deer every year??

Should we ban the Remington 742 and similar??

Pathetic....

Robert
January 8, 2013, 06:59 PM
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=270671

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