Lieu, one of California’s more out-there Democratic Congress members, tweeted,
“How quaint that some folks are more concerned about kids speaking respectfully than the fact that 17 kids were slaughtered with an assault rifle.”
The incorrect use of “assault rifle” is a tell: it means that the speaker doesn’t know enough about guns to be talking about them, or, in the alternative, just thinks that all guns are bad, and that this is sufficient.
Several people corrected the Congressman, and explained that his terminology referred to banned, military automatic weapons, not the semi-automatic AR-15. Wrote co-founder of “the Federalist,” Sean Davis,
“You said “assault rifle”…Words mean things. If you don’t know which words mean which things, don’t use those words”
Lieu’s signature significance reply:
“NO. I will keep saying assault rifle if I feel like it. I will not let you define what I can or cannot say. In any statute, the term assault weapon or assault rifle would be defined. But in ordinary conversation, I will use assault rifle interchangeably with assault weapon.”
‘ I’m going to keep saying what sounds the most menacing even though it isn’t true, because that’s what will get people upset.’
‘You have your truth and I have mine.’
‘Automatic, semi-automatic, guns, schmuns, they kill people, OK? Get off my back.’
‘My constituents and the anti-gun zealots don’t know the difference, so what should I care?’
‘The ends justify the means.’
‘There’s nothing wrong with ‘alternate facts” if they are MY facts.
‘I have no shame or integrity. Let me do my job.”
‘I am the moron! Goo goo G’joob.’