General backs gun control

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal backed banning assault weapons on Tuesday, saying guns like the M4 and M16 belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets.
”I spent a career carrying typically either a M16 and later, a M4 carbine,” McChrystal said on 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.”

He added, “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 — 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.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • whowon

    yet…no one mentioned to him that these are NOT the issue? Hundreds murdered in Chicago yet the talking points get the attention. Watch this, so good.

    • banjo kid

      He is right on . The word smiths are at work hard and fast.

  • SigFan

    Ummm, sorry General, but there are damn few of us out here in the civilian world that tote M4’s or M16’s with full-auto capability. How about you leave us alone and concentrate on retiring with grace instead of a foot in your mouth.

    • $8194357

      Wow, is Illinois and Chicago great or what?
      Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago?
      Body count: In the last six months 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago.
      221 killed in Iraq AND
      Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US.
      The leadership in Illinois – all Democrats.
      President: Barack Hussein Obama
      Senator: Dick Durbin
      House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr.
      Governor: Pat Quinn
      House leader: Mike Madigan
      Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike)
      Mayor: Rahm Emanuel
      Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago.
      Of course, they’re all blaming each other.
      Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!

      Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!

      State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!

      Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!

      This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois.
      And he is going to ‘fix’ Washington politics for us???

      I fear for my country.

  • RCND

    Barry is calling in his marker for allowing him to retire with a pension vs putting him through a court martial

  • banjo kid

    I prefer semi automatic as you tend not to waste ammo . Street and city fighting if it ever came to that would need all the rounds to hit their mark . The general must live in a cocoon as he does not understand the issue . The guns they want to ban is any with the ability to fire a round, not M14 or 16’s

  • The Whistler

    The 223 is considered too underpowered to hunt for deer. I want access to the weapons that the police think they need to protect themselves against criminals.