Congressional Gun Banners Like Sheila Jackson Lee Can’t Get Their Story Straight

Sheila Jackson Lee ar-15 ban

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

By the NSSF

Professional movers make a note. When Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) eventually vacates her office on Capitol Hill, it’s going to be an easy lift.

She recently compared the weight of an AR-15 to something really scary and simple to visualize for those who are easily frightened. Since no one really likes moving, it must have been natural to compare them to moving boxes.

“I held an AR-15 in my hand. I wish I hadn’t,” Rep. Jackson Lee said. “It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving.”

Moving Boxes? Really?

Those are some mighty light moving boxes, given the average AR-15 weighs in at between seven and nine pounds. But don’t fret yet, she made her description super scary for the uninitiated.

“And the bullet that is utilized, a .50 caliber, these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street,” she added.

Social media was quick to show her the difference between the two bullets.

The scariest part of her attempt to demonize the rifle of which she obviously knows little is that she’s a leading voice calling for the ban on these commonly-owned rifles. She’s an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 and sits on the House Judiciary Committee, through which all gun legislation must flow.

We know we’re just the firearms industry trade association, but we know a thing or two about firearms. The AR-15 is most commonly chambered in a .223 caliber or 5.56mm bullet. The .50 caliber bullet is a full half-inch diameter. It’s the difference of driving a sports car and Mack truck. One is much, much heavier.

Hyperbole Helps Gun Control

We shouldn’t be surprised.  This isn’t a new tactic. New York Daily News’ Gersh Kuntzman fired an AR-15 for an objective report to inform those who aren’t familiar with the rifle. The headline read, literally, “It’s horrifying, menacing and very very loud.” So loud, he described it this way, “It felt to me like a bazooka — and sounded like a cannon.”

Of course, there’s case of Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling who gave an AR-15 lesson to CNN’s Gary Tuchman. The general, in all his military experience, described the semiautomatic as full semiautomatic.” Cringeworthy, yes, since the general made a career of the martial arts, including the use of firearms in warfare. He certainly should know the difference between an automatic firearm like a machine gun and a semiautomatic rifle that fires one bullet for each squeeze of the trigger.

Lt. Gen. Hertling attempted to clear the air by agreeing that he misspoke. Yet, he never came out and said he cut gun control videos for the gun control group Giffords for Gun Safety.

The American public deserves better than half-truths, made-up farcical facts and duplicitous claims.

This is a serious debate. The National Shooting Sports Foundation comes to the table with actual facts and Real SolutionsSM.


The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the national trade association for the firearms industry based in Newtown, Connecticut. Formed in 1961, the organization has more than 8,000 members: firearms manufacturers, distributors, retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s clubs and media.


  1. avatar Carl B. says:

    Jackson Lee has the IQ of a fire hydrant.

    1. avatar RA-15 says:

      CARL B you give Lee too much credit , at least a fire hydrant serves a purpose , it spouts water to put out fires. Lee spouts nonsense & lies to anyone dumb enough to listen.

      1. avatar Scott C. says:

        More like she’s spouts BS to fertilize the land of gun control.

        1. avatar SGT Preston says:


      2. avatar neiowa says:

        If canines didn’t know about fire hydrants, then SJL would have a purpose/use.

      3. avatar rt66paul says:

        Not to mention a fire hydrant is dog friendly.

    2. avatar Scott C. says:

      How dare you insult something so useful to society like a fire hydrant.

    3. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      What do you have against fire hydrants ?

    4. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

      You’re insulting fire hydrants. I’m offended. Apologize immediately.

    5. avatar Roh-Dog says:

      I’m a transpersonhood antiobjectivist that identifies as a fire hydrant and this comment is offensive to our community!

  2. avatar Dude says:

    Ignorant or lying propagandists? I’d say a little bit of both. She might think 5.56 means .556 caliber, but I doubt she’s interested in actually being informed. It isn’t that hard to find these things out.

    As far as Lt. Gen. Hertling clearing the air with his non-apology, he said people were missing the point. He only said it that way because he was trying to inform the crew. For someone that should qualify as an expert, he sure is a terrible teacher, or maybe just a lying propagandist.

    It’s scary how incompetent people in charge of the government are. Listen in on your local, state, or federal legislature when they’re discussing a topic you know something about. It’s crazy how many just shoot from the hip with emotional instead of informed responses.

    1. avatar Phil Wilson says:

      Exactly. She doesn’t care about the technical details, and neither do her supporters.

      The useful idiots don’t even understand why technical details are important for crafting clear laws that define what is and isn’t legal. Some concerned-looking people have promised them safety, rainbows, and ponies. That’s good enough for them.

      The people pulling the strings of the useful idiots recognize the potential for abuse in ambiguity, and actively seek it.

      I’m guessing Lee is a useful idiot rather than a string puller, not that it really matters.

      1. avatar SoCalJack says:

        “She doesn’t care about the technical details, and neither do her supporters”
        You hit the nail on the head. In CA and NY, for example, the Dem Politicians didn’t get a lot of technical details right and they still passed gun laws.

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “In CA and NY, for example, the Dem Politicians didn’t get a lot of technical details right and they still passed gun laws.”

          “You don’t need to be technically correct when you are morally right.”
          – Alexandria Occasionally Coherent

    2. avatar Wiregrass says:

      You are giving her way too much credit. Granted I’m sure using metric units are way beyond her, but to think she could muddle her way through a misplaced decimal point to make that mistaken association requires more cognitive skill than is at her disposal.

  3. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    They’re ignorant because they choose to be. They aren’t interested in the facts. If you try to educate them they put their fingers in their ears and chant la-la-la-la.

    1. avatar EWTHeckman says:

      The problem with facts is that they get in the way of lying to get their way.

      The big problem with lying (besides the direct harm it causes) is that when you tell a lie it becomes difficult to remember which lies you’ve told to whom, and you eventually wind up contradicting yourself. That’s a common feature we see in the Left. That’s why I make it a policy to stick to the truth. It’s a lot easier to avoid mistakes.

      1. avatar Zzzz says:


        What you just said isn’t limited to one party or ideology. Unless you’re so blind or brainwashed or just like gaslighting or you’re just ignorant? Or could you not even keep your own lies straight? The left, the right, the Ds, the Rs and everyone lies.

        Just look at the current occupant of the White House. Fits in EXACTLY with what you just said. Except he and y’all say he isn’t on the left…. (No party lies more then the other unfortunately. And we’re all stupid for believing otherwise.)

        1. avatar EWTHeckman says:

          You made several mistakes.

          First, that mistakes are the same thing as lies. Everyone makes mistakes and gets things wrong. Getting something wrong is not the same thing as lying.

          Second, that one person lying makes someone else guilty. If that were true, I could call you a liar because SJL lies.

          Third is the assumption that everyone lies all the time. That’s simply false.

          Fourth is that you thought your accusation had some merit.

          You can avoid a fifth error by learning from this exchange. Have a great day!

  4. avatar Timothy Toroian says:

    Did anybody check to see if she has a full high school transcript?

  5. avatar Tim says:

    “Hell” is being forced to witness illiterates feign intelligence.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Too many times you go from single face-palm to double face-palm when the stupid hurts too much.

  6. avatar Dan says:

    Politicians who don’t know anything about firearms shouldn’t be the ones making gun control laws. That’s like a doctor performing surgery but not knowing anything about the human body. Its political malpractice.

    1. avatar EWTHeckman says:

      That is a fantastic analogy! I’m going to try to remember it so I can steal it. 😉

      1. avatar BeoBear says:

        I’d say it’s more like your barber performing surgery rather than a doctor as politicians aren’t connected with firearms in any way as a profession.

  7. avatar NORDNEG says:

    Maybe she just asked one of her homies what the difference is.

  8. avatar Scooter says:

    Maybe you can’t fix stupid, but you can fight it by shining light into the dark. In education the policy-makers often know little about education. Firearms regulation suffer a similar set of issues. Introducing legislation that those who sit on particular committees demonstrate a degree of knowledge and understanding could be a start… but providing a set of minimum expectations for career politicians would get their undies in a knot, although every other profession requires some form of certification or proof you know WTF you’re talking about.

  9. avatar Swifty Morgan says:

    The truth does not matter when 2 A supporters can be silenced to make room for protected class anti-gun groups.

    Pa. gun rights supporters waiting hours to enter hearings in Harrisburg were removed to make way for Moms Demand group who got special treatment and set up a podium and pa. system in the capitol. This reeks.

  10. avatar TechGuy says:

    I watched the Gen.’s video on gun control. He is “retired”… and looking for a job. Don’t be surprised when his name shows up on a ballot somewhere or, he takes a lucrative job with the “left”. As they say, to find the facts, just follow the money.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      He already had a job when he made that “fully semiautomatic” video — shilling for Everytown as their resident military Quisling.

  11. avatar FAAQ2 says:

    SJL is the dumbest clown to ever hit the airways- she is clueless and terminally stupid. If I was a voter in her district I would be ashamed. But then again perhaps the voters in her district are just as stupid.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      You look at the level of “average” intelligence and see half the people are under that margin.

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “You look at the level of “average” intelligence and see half the people are under that margin.”

        Contemplating that statement a little longer, one finds it applies equally to all the Doctors and Lawyers.

        Except in Lake Woebegone, where all the children are above average.

    2. avatar bryan1980 says:

      I don’t know……I think she battles Auntie Maxine for that title.

    3. avatar UpInArms says:

      She’s got some pretty stiff competition with AOC. And how can we ever forget Carol Mosely-Braun?

      1. avatar UpInArms says:

        Wow. I just noticed. All the really stupid ones are women. Why is that?

        1. avatar Shallnot BeInfringed says:

          Well, not all of them… Don’t forget U.S. Representative Hank Johnson from Georgia (who is still in office):

          “During a House Armed Services Committee hearing on March 25, 2010 concerning the U.S. military installation on the island of Guam, Johnson said to Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize”, to which Admiral Willard replied, “We don’t anticipate that.”

  12. avatar I Haz A Question says:

    I think I’m going to start talking about topics I know nothing about and convince everyone around me that I’m an authority on the matter. Things like veganism, underwater basket weaving, and the trajectories of NOAA’s weather satellites in orbit. And then I’ll verbally attack anyone who disagrees with me and call them racist.

    If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander, no?

    1. avatar UpInArms says:

      So, what you’re saying is you want to be a Democrat?

      1. avatar Upinarms1 says:


        “So, what you’re saying is you want to be Trump?”


  13. avatar tdiinva says:

    You can get a short action AR chambered in .50 Beowolf and you can get an Bolt Action AR-50 chambered in .50 BMG. The former is at the high end of AR-15 weight but still single digit pounds and the later comes in at 34lbs but is not semiautomatic.

    I doubt she know this.

  14. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    She is devoid of all thought or reason,bordering on brain dead,Leftard moron doesn’t begin to cover her lack of thought. There should be a I Q test plus a base understanding of the Constitution to be elected to federal office

    1. avatar Someone says:


    2. avatar Trump#1 says:

      No. We shouldn’t do that. If we did, Trump would have never become president.

  15. avatar Sam I Am says:

    Politics is/are an amazing animal. Whatever your position, whatever your result getting legislation to a floor vote, it is a win. If you win, you fund raise and use your victory to establish your creds. If you lose, you win because you fund raise, and use your loss to energize your voters.

    “No one in this world, ….has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

    – H.L.Menken, Sept. 19, 1926 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune

  16. avatar Charlie says:

    This woman is suffering from a case of STUPID and for these politicians there is no known cure. This person is a TAKER not a GIVER, just as the people she represents in her district and the people of Texas. Her record is clear to those who have witnessed her all the days of her political life.

  17. avatar Someone says:

    Hey, guys, cut her some slack. Maybe she meant empty boxes.

    I actually think that she tried to lift a Barrett and thought it was an AR15. Everything is AR15!

  18. avatar PATRON49IFT says:

    Is it a requirement that these Dem congresswomen be selected from the ugliest and dumbest of the litter?

  19. avatar Discusted says:

    SJL IS SO RETARDED. Shes a total moron! I think her problem is she HAS PENIS Envy and probably can’t find anyone dumb enough to give her any so she picks on guns.

  20. avatar Dom says:

    This is what was elected to Congress, she and too many others like her. These are the people holding hearings, making our laws etc. God help our Republic. Frightening is it not?

    1. avatar Sam I Am says:

      “This is what was elected to Congress,”

      It is the way things are supposed to work: representatives represent the values of the people represented; constituents. Maybe it is the constituents you object to. Not much to be done there.

  21. avatar Stupid is says:

    Is anyone else seriously being entertained by all the banter about “defiling the constitution”, “respect the rule of law”, etc, etc, etc.

    Funny how a phone call defiles the constitution but not constantly infringing on our second amendment rights.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  22. avatar Paul D says:

    Sheila Jackson Lee is who she is, and who she was, when she ran for office and won the election. Scary as she is, the truly frightening part of the equation is the electorate who voted for her, and others like her.

    1. avatar PATRON49IFT says:

      These are the busy-bodies who in school used to run around organizing this or that committee, running for this or that student council position, class president, secretary or what not. They’re the same not as then only worse because they can create rules and laws that effect us all.

  23. avatar Glenn S. says:

    Heavy as 10 boxes? Maybe had one of the larger chainsaw bayonets on it…

  24. avatar GS650G says:

    When SJL visited the JPL in San Diego she was being shown pictures from Mars. She asked if the rover found the flag Neil Armstrong left there.

    Yeah she’s that smart.

  25. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

    If it weren’t for the most ignorant constituents in Texas, she’d just be another fat black woman we’d make fun of on Youtube. A true stereotype. Cant’t speak English, no knowledge of history, utterly ignorant in the most true sense of the word.

  26. avatar Hankus says:

    I’m guessing we’re all in agreement then that this byotch has the IQ of a below-average fence post, and is probably speaking to an audience of even dumber proportions. Texans like to jawjack about how everything is bigger in Texas. That very well may be true in this case. I’ve never seen a bigger bucket of BS in my life. She makes a blivit look empty.

    1. avatar Sam I Am says:

      “She makes a blivit look empty.”

      Is that an air-dropped blivit?

  27. avatar Cpt Olen Ridling says:

    Like most of her type {NOT black or white — terminally stupid} she has absolutely no clue as to what she speaks, and compounds this by her unwillingness to learn.

  28. avatar enuf says:

    Ever hefted a Bushmaster Carbon 15? One of those weighs in about five pounds sopping wet. Not that you should have it sopping wet, just saying that thing is light!

    Mine weighs a bit more with the after-market stuff I put on it but not that much. It’s my light weight plinker.

    In fact, the box it came in added a fair chunk of the shipping weight!

  29. avatar DCChristian says:

    Haven’t yet been able to afford an AR, but some of the reasons I would like to some day are that: I could build one much lighter and more ergonomic, with more optics options, than my favorite old deer hunting rifle. As I get older, it becomes an accessibility matter. It’s sadly ironic to think that, partly because of major ignorance from government leaders, when I really could benefit from a modern AR, They may not be available (except, of course, to criminals).
    By the way, maybe I’m the typical dangerous type the gun grabbers are afraid of: I’m a minister, teacher, musician, and have safely used firearms for 60 years, and neither I nor any of the 300 living or deceased members of my family that I have known have used arms against other humans other than in service to our nation.
    In the long run, I hope and pray that good, God-fearing, intelligent people with common sense and conviction will have the courage to run for public office. We certainly need better stock than most of what we have now.

  30. avatar Michael F Twidle says:

    This again shows the low I.Q. of most people in Congress and their staff. I quick search on the internet would give anyone a complete description of a AR15. They apparently don’t have the intelligence do this.

    1. avatar EWTHeckman says:

      I really don’t think intelligence has anything to do with it. They don’t know because they don’t want to know. Knowing the facts would get in the way of what they want.

      It’s the same fundamental problem underlining the title of the most famous propaganda film of WWII: Triumph of the Will.

  31. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    I have come to really hate people who are stupid on purpose. She is one of them.

  32. avatar Sam Hill says:

    The easiest way to tell if a polition is lying. Keep a close watch on their lips, if they moving their lying.

  33. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

    When banning AR style rifles does’t put a dent into gun dearths…then what?
    ALL rifles…? Shotguns? Handguns?
    We all know the REAL end goal…

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