Shannon Watts Mocks NRA Opposition to Centerfire Rifle Ammo Ban

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense founder Shannon Watts joins other gun safety advocates for a news conference to introduce legislation to expand background checks for firearm sales in the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol January 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Eight …
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On Tuesday Shannon Watts used Twitter to mock the NRA’s opposition to a ban of centerfire rifle ammunition.

Watts is the founder of Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action.

Her criticism was ubiquitously rooted in the NRA’s opposition to an “armor piercing” ammunition ban. What Watts missed is that the opposition rests, in part, on gun controllers’ ambiguous use of the phrase “armor piercing,” whereby they expanded the term beyond its actual meaning in order to broaden the scope of the ban being sought.

The NRA-ILA reported, “In response to claims that new ‘armor piercing ammunition’ could penetrate police body armor, the gun-ban movement turned to proposing a ban on any ammunition capable of penetrating body armor.”

The left saw an opportunity for a ban and tried to expand it before it was ever enacted. And instead of admitting their error–which includes a failure to understand centerfire rifle ammunition–leftist spokespersons like Watts charged ahead full steam.

Watts tweeted:

The NRA responded to Watts, tweeting:

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