Jesse Jackson Warns: Semi-Automatic Rifles Can 'Shoot Down Airplanes'

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | January 14, 2013 | 12:58 PM EST

The Rev. Jesse Jackson appeared on Fox News today and said that semi-automatic firearms can be used to shoot down airplanes and are a matter of national security.

"These semi-automatic weapons- these assault weapons- can only kill people. And, in fact, they're threats of national security. I would now allow the young man who did the killing in Aurora, CO with the arsenal that he had.

"He was right near the airport, right near the runways of the airport in Denver. He could shoot down airplanes. So, this is a matter of Homeland Security as well," Jackson said.

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