The Libertarian ticket is strange this year as it doesn’t have a libertarian on top or on bottom of the ticket. Johnson has said that his beliefs align with Bernie Sanders 70% of the time and Bill Weld is closer to Hillary Clinton than any libertarian I have ever known. Weld has just given us more proof of his liberal tendencies.
“The five shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses. That is when they become, essentially a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns probably is even worse than the problem of the AR15.”
Like the liberal he is, Weld lied in this statement. He claims the the standard military rifle holds 5 shells. The military uses two types of rifles. The M16A1 and the M4A1. Both have 30 shell capacities and they can fire up to 300 using a feed belt, although the feed belt does not work as well as with the M4A1, but the M4A1 will allow the use of M203 grenade launcher.
Weld also opined extensively on the recent police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota. He was certain that the police officer had committed a criminal offense and that the officer would be going to jail. He misquotes what Castile’s girlfreind said on video; then he claims that it was Philando himself who said it.
Weld: Having said “I have a license to carry, you do not mind if I reach for it, do you?”
As an attorney, Mr. Weld seems to have little regard for the rule of law, due process and the concept of “innocent until proven guilty.”
Traditionally, Libertarians have been the party voicing the strongest support for Second Amendment-protected gun rights, and upholding the rule of law as defined by the Constitution. Not this time.
How can true libertarians support either of these clowns?