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Rev. Jesse Jackson: Assault Weapons Can 'Shoot Down Planes' & Therefore Pose Risk to National Security


"These semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapons, can only kill people"

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: Rev Jesse Jackson Sr stands in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is scheduled to hear arguments on Fisher V. University of Texas at Austin, and are tasked with ruling on whether the university's consideration of race in admissions is constitutional.Credit: Getty Images

Rev. Jesse Jackson appeared on Fox News' "America's Newsroom" Monday to discuss the proposed changes to gun law in the United States of America.

In his estimation, semi-automatic guns and so-called "assault weapons" must be banned for the sake of national security, because they could "shoot down planes."

He stated:

These semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapons, can only kill people, and in fact, they are threats to national security... The young man who did the killing in Aurora, Colorado, with the arsenal he had-- he was right near the airport, right near the runways [in] Denver.  He could shoot down airplanes, so this is a matter of homeland security as well.

Jackson was presumably referring to James Holmes' guns and not any explosives he may have had, because the stated risk is that Holmes could have "[shot] down" a plane.

Jackson proceeded to say that on the battlefield, soldiers determine where enemy guns are being produced and they stop the flow of weapons.

"We know where they're manufactured; we know where they're sold," he said of American guns.

When asked how he proposes to to fix the situation, Jackson said we must "make manufacturers more accountable for their product" like we did with cigarette manufacturers.

"What functions do assault weapons hold except to kill people...what is their function?" he asked.

Here is the clip:

TheBlaze reached out to gun experts for comment on Jackson's comments, but have yet to hear back.  Stay tuned.



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