Quote of the Day: Slight Exaggeration Edition

“[The LAX gunman had enough ammunition to] have literally killed everyone in that terminal.” – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, quoted in Deadly LAX shooting: Why did he do it? [via cnn.com]



  1. avatar Joey Miller says:

    5 mags, probably in addition to one that was loaded in the weapon. That’s probably 180 rounds, if they’re all standard capacity magazines. I’m sure the unspoken end to that statement is “If they all line up like cattle to individually receive a round to the head at point blank range”. Even then, I bet there were more than 180 people in LAX.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Enough to kill everyone in the terminal once it was evacuated, anyway.

    2. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      I heard 100 rounds on him from Detroit FOX news last night not that that source is reliable.

    3. avatar Marty the Lett says:

      I thought Kalifornia had a 10 round/mag limit. With strict law like that how can anyone get a 30 round mag?

      1. avatar Sid says:

        Maybr he worked for NBC news and needed the illegal magazines to prove a point.

      2. avatar Adam says:

        A “friend” of mine lived in Calif for a few years recently and “he” was always worried about the fact that “he” had a few surplus M-4 mags in “his” possession the whole time. One of then happened to be a mag that took a bullet fragment during a firefight and was more of a war trophy then an operable mag.

        I’m glad that “he” finally moved out of that crap hole state. (It’s only a crap hole politically, some of the most beautiful land in the country is located in the Sierra Nevadas there.)

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          USGS scientist who predicted 1989 quake says mega-quake, tsunami imminent:


          Some of you may end up with the state to yourselves. For whatever it’s worth.

    4. avatar Cliff H says:

      And carefully not mentioning that he was “literally” walking through the terminal asking people if they were TSA because that was the only people he was there to shoot.

  2. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

    So that means on any given day your local police have enough ammo to wipe out the entire town, right?

    1. avatar PeterC says:

      Please, don’t give them any ideas!

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        You don’t think it’s crossed their minds?

    2. avatar Craig says:

      More than the town. But police never go on rampages, because they’re well trained. Except for Chris Dorner 😉

      1. avatar Chaotic Good says:

        And Tyler Peterson.

    3. avatar Accur81 says:

      I carry 34 on me, with another 151 in my go bag, plus 5 + 4 on the twelve gauge, and three 20 round mags for the AR. That’s hardly enough to take out a terminal.

  3. avatar Birch Knoll says:

    What, was he wheeling this ammo around on a pallet jack, or what?

    1. avatar S.CROCK says:

      seriously! i heard he had 5 or 6 30 round mags plus 100 rounds in boxes in his backpack. so a maximum of 280 rounds!

  4. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Maybe by very carefully using one bullet to kill more than one victim, as the SS sometimes did once ammunition started getting scarce at Buchenwald et cetera.

    Pretty hard to do with .223, though.

    Oh, wait a minute! He’s the mayor of L.A! Please tell me, why are we listening to him?

    1. avatar Mecha75 says:

      He is not just the mayor. He is also la raza who wants to give back all of the southwest to Mexico. Including Texas. Goes without saying that he is also a communist. There is a reason ex soviet premier Gorbachev moved to San Francisco.

      1. avatar noofus says:

        You’re thinking of the last mayor. Garcetti came into office in July.

  5. avatar jirdesteva says:

    Ok, I’ll say it, because, now wait for it. POLITICIANS LIE ALOT!
    They (you know who they are) the ANTIs (just in case you didn’t know) are emotional and prone to exaggerate for their benefit.

  6. avatar DerryM says:

    This exaggeration by Garcetti is part of the Left’s gleeful attempt to demonize this guy because he appears to be an extreme Right-Winger. I am sure they have been praying for a bona fide Rightist, nutjob to commit a mass shooting attack with an “assault rifle” (or something they can call that misnomer). He used a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 in .223 is what the Los Angeles News is reporting and had about 150 rounds….Garcetti is a lying Politician who believes everyone in L.A. who voted for him is basically an idiot. He would have said the Suspect had a “machine gun” and 10,000 rounds of ammunition if he thought he could get away with it.

    1. avatar Leo338 says:

      Garcetti is a lying Politician who believes everyone in L.A. who voted for him is basically an idiot.

      He may be a liar but he is correct to assume anyone who voted for him is a complete idiot. California is full of idiots, that’s how we got Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, and Nancy Pelosi.

  7. avatar Paul McCain says:

    Not just “to have killed everyone in the terminal” but “LITERALLY to have killed everyone in the terminal.”

    Glad they added that detail. Makes it totally believable then.

    1. avatar gemalo says:

      lit·er·al·ly [lit-er-uh-lee] Show IPA
      in the literal or strict sense: What does the word mean literally?
      in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally.
      actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed.
      in effect; in substance; very nearly; virtually.

      BANG! You’re dead. See, I literally killed you. Has nothing to do with ‘actually’ killing you. BTW, Eric is the late Gil Garcetti’s son. Gil was the D.A. during the O.J. screw-up.

  8. avatar Peter says:

    That is so dumb a statement that it literally made my head explode.

    1. avatar Vince says:

      Now that your head is gone, maybe you could run for mayor of LA next…..

    2. avatar Paul McCain says:

      Does anyone know where the funeral is for Pete so we can send flowers? Poor bastard.

  9. avatar Ima Yeti says:

    So that’s why Wallyworld is always out of ammo.

  10. avatar Thomas Paine says:

    yeah, but how did he get 30 round mags in California? I thought this was preventable.

    1. avatar DerryM says:

      California has not forced the surrender or destruction of larger than 10 round magazines, nor do they search cars entering the State for “contraband” magazines, or rifles for that matter. It is still not clear where the rifle and magazines he used came from, so he very well could have brought them in from another State. The rifle he used would have accepted any size magazine, even if it had a “bullet button”, which it likely did not. You can still buy ammo over the Internet in California, so buying a few hundred rounds of .223 would be no problem. even if he had the rifle and magazines in CA illegally. This guy was not on anyone’s “radar”, as he had, apparently, no former history of criminal activity or mental health issues.

      Same old story..perpetrator had legal access to the rifle. magazines and ammo (even if. technically, some of the items were possessed illegally under California Laws unbeknownst to anyone else) and went over the edge due to unknown factors.
      For the record, I am not implying any point of view, just stating the known and possible facts because this incident could really bite us gun owners in the butt…sad to have to say.

  11. avatar Oldmilk3 says:

    Here’s a thought… To really get these anti gunners stumped… ” masked gunmen broke into a prison and shot all the rapist, murderers and drug dealers in the prison. No guards were harmed and 25 prisoners were killed”.

    Would moms demand action,pierce Morgan, Giffords and bloomberg call for tighter gun control then?

    Wouldn’t that be an interesting discussion.

    1. avatar great unknown says:

      Piers Morgan would be upset; he fled England because he was implicated in covering up for the rapists at the BBC.

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Video of Shannon Watts posted: mouth moving; no words come out. Fade to black.

  12. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    I wish there were mechanism to punish lying politicians. Voting doesn’t do the trick. If it cost them personally a lot of money I am sure they would start to correct their lies. Of course that’s just a fantasy.

    1. avatar Rich Grise says:

      I say, bring back good ol’ tarring and feathering!

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Public flogging.

    3. avatar rosignol says:

      Term limits.

      Before you object on the basis that this will punish all of them, show me a politician that has never lied.

  13. avatar scooter says:

    I have literally told you a million times not to exaggerate. Literally. A million. Language Arts teachers should unite with pro-2A folks over their shared hatred of language abuse! Literally.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      I used to use that one on my kids. They would just roll their eyes. I would add the word ‘like’ in there a few times for my daughters benefit. She can now speak normal.

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        Proper English. The “new” normal.

  14. avatar Haiku Guy says:

    If you like your 15,000 rounds of .223, you can keep your 15,000 rounds of .223…

    1. avatar Thomas Paine says:

      we gotta shoot it first to see what’s in it.

  15. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    The strangest thing is that this guy used a rifle which was illegal to purchase in New Jersey where he lived and used said rifle, which is banned in California, to do illegal things… Cuz, I’m thinking all these gun laws had a lot to do with keeping that TSA agent safe. P.S. would this be funnier if the rifle was a lost fast and furious gun

  16. avatar great unknown says:

    A question with an answer:
    headline: “Deadly LAX shooting: Why did he do it?”
    answer: he was driven crazy by the way politicians lie blatantly and
    get away with it. such as mayor Garcetti, in the article.

  17. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    I’m sure he had a few mags and they’re using a one round, one kill calculation to say he had a enough ammo to kill everyone.

    By that logic, thank God he didn’t have a knife because he could’ve kill everyone in the WORLD!

  18. avatar Alan Rose says:

    1. Keep pissing off the citizenry and this is what happens.
    2. Look for a push to arm the TSA.
    3. Look for the TSA to start shooting flyers.
    4. Look for a push to limit rifle sales to in state citizens only.
    5. Feinstein on Face the Nation this morning stated, “It was an S&W M&P AR-15, M&P stands for Military & Police, clearly not for general consumption.” Yeah, thanks S&W for giving the antis more ammunition to use against us.

  19. avatar Xanthro says:

    The button button could have still be in place.

    The CA bullet button can be removed, but it takes some skill (2 on a level of 1-10) and a special tool. They can’t be removed like a regular mag release.

    In CA, they sell magazines that have a tool for using the bullet button built in, these are usually 30 rounds magazines blocked to 10 rounds, so you can’t tell the capacity by looking at the mag.

    Also, in CA you can buy finger clips that have the tool built in, and simply release a mag this way. It’s what I normally do, the bullet button adds about 1/10 of a second to a mag release time doing this (after training)

    You can also stick a piece of magnet inside the bullet button (potentially illegal, has not be adjudicated by the courts) and use it as a normal release.

    Right now in CA, we can buy pretty much any SBR AR-15 as long as it has a bullet button. I have a number, and see them sold all the time.

    Since this attacker couldn’t even figure out how to flip up the rear sight, I doubt he removed the bullet button, and his mags could quite possibly be 10 rounders purchased in CA as well.

  20. avatar ensitue says:

    Please stop using Common Sense when discussing the Communist take over of America
    You must Read Rules For Radicals and think like a criminal sociopath megalomaniac with roots in Marxism to understand that America is now a Police State with Pravda as it’s Media
    Think Stazi, SS, Gestapo, Truth Speak and you will come close to understanding what is happening

  21. avatar SCS says:

    What a DUMBASS statement.

  22. avatar JoshuaS says:

    He had enough ammo to “literally” kill everyone?

    As opposed to figuratively, through metaphor. Literal means “according to the letter/words”

    I think he meant potentially.

    One of my many language peeves

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