What is one of the few things a person could do to disrespect the victims of the July 20, 2012 Aurora theater shooting that left 15 dead and 70 injured more than anything else? It seems Republican Senator Bernie Herpin has figured that out! Senator Herpin, who was elected last September to replace Colorado Senate President John Morse as part of recall elections gun-grabbing liberal Democrat commies who wanted to place reasonable restrictions on firearms, showed voters what a wonderful choice they made when he suggested that it might have been a good thing that shooter James Holmes had a 100-round magazine.
In a hearing (that drew three-times as many in favor of restricting guns than pro-gun supporters) about his legislation that would overturn a recent ban on 15-round magazines, Herpin explained that the gun jammed, therefore it was good that James Holmes had a 100 round magazine. If he had multiple 15 round magazines, who knows how many people he could have killed? (Yes, he actually thinks this.)
Sen. Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) pointed out that the law Herpin wants to repeal would have prevented Holmes from legally purchasing a 100 round drum,
[box type=”shadow”]“My understanding is that James Holmes bought his 100-round capacity magazine legally, So in fact, this law would have stopped James Holmes from purchasing a 100-round magazine.[/box]
Herpin’s response upset families of the victims, other lawmakers, much of the gathered crowd, and any reasonable person who heard his comments.
Displaying the mind-bogglingly asinine NRA logic we have all come to know and revile, Herpin responded,
[box type=”shadow”]“As it turned out, that was maybe a good thing that he had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed. If he had four, five, six 15-round magazines, there’s no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up.”[/box]
Of course, Herpin realizes neither that the gun jammed after 45 rounds (apparently the NRA isn’t that great with math) nor that Holmes still had his trusty Glock by his side.
Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex’s life was tragically ended in the Aurora theater shooting, let Herpin know exactly what he thought of the Senator’s words.
[box type=”shadow”]“I’ve had a lot of thoughts since July 20, 2012, but never once did I think anyone was better off because the shooter brought a hundred round drum into that theater,” Sullivan said. “Alex never had a chance. He was watching a movie one second and the next he was dead. The fact is, if the shooter had to change his magazine that would have been a chance for Alex to survive.”[/box]
After the hearing, Sullivan told FOX31 Denver that he is appalled by the lack of understanding on the part of the Senator.
[box type=”shadow”]“The lack of empathy and compassion is shocking–Not just to me and my family, but to all of the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and to all the people of Colorado. But this is what he truly believes…And to think this is the person who they brought in to replace John Morse.”[/box]
A similar bill to Herpin’s has already been voted down on Monday. It is unlikely that Herpin’s attempt to push the legislation through will be met with much more success.
Senator Herpin is up for reelection this year. As of election day, Herpin has unofficially resigned with his hurtful remarks.