April 4th, 2013
09:40 PM ET

Congresswoman Diana DeGette draw criticism for high-capacity magazine mix-up

Gun control advocate and Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette is being ridiculed for saying this about high-capacity magazines:

"These are ammunition, they're bullets, so the people who have those now, they're going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won't be any more available," DeGette said to The Denver Post.

Only problem: magazines can be reloaded.

The congresswoman's office then released a statement saying DeGette:

"Simply misspoke in referring to 'magazines' when she should have referred to 'clips,' which cannot be reused because they don't have a feeding mechanism."

But, actually clips in most guns can be reused as well.
The NRA jumped on DeGette, saying: "Two words – pretty stupid."

How much do DeGette's remarks hurt the gun control cause?

OutFront Tonight: Michael Medved – conservative commentator for Salem Radio and Charles Blow CNN contributor and op- ed columnist for the "New York Times."

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