Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal threw his weight behind the government effort to rollback the Second Amendment on Tuesday.
“I spent a career carrying typically either a M16, and later a M4 carbine,” McChrystal told MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “And a 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. That’s what our soldiers ought to carry.”
“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 have to protect our children and our police and we have to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that.”
The unofficial don of the anti-Second Amendment movement, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, enthusiastically supported McChrystal’s call to disarm the American people.
“Stanley McChrystal is a guy who has more credibility than I ever will have in terms of guns and the damage that guns can do,” he said during a round table discussion. “He’s devoted his life to public service. But Stanley McChrystal can be as good a spokesman as can the five of us.”
McChrystal’s comments on Morning Joe were not one-off. Later in the day, the former commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan went on The Daily Show to call for taking firearms away from civilians. “I don’t want them on our streets, I don’t want them in our schools,” McChrystal told host John Stewart. “I don’t think that most people are prepared to carry them.”
McChrystal’s push to deny so-called assault weapons – semiautomatic firearms with cosmetic military attributes – to law-abiding citizens is part of a hysterical call to limit the Second Amendment following the murders at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, have announced the launch of their Americans for Responsible Solutions initiative, an effort to raise enough money to go up against organizations supporting the Second Amendment.
Giffords was the victim of a shooting in Tucson, Arizona, in January, 2011, and her effort to counter the NRA and other gun rights organizations is reminiscent of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, formed after White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot during an attempt to assassinate president Reagan.
Also on Wednesday, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie said the government needs to do more about gun violence, mental illness, and substance abuse.