Gun Control Advocate: Daughters Have Bullseye Targets in Their Bedrooms

August 2, 2012 - 2:25 PM

Diana DeGette

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) (at podium) joined other House Democrats for a press conference on Wednesday to express their opposition to two Republican-sponsored bills that would prohibit federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), a gun control advocate who has been pushing for an assault weapons ban, especially following the Aurora, Colo., shootings, said her daughters have bullseye targets in their bedrooms after taking gun safety courses through the National Rifle Association.

Speaking on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Thursday, DeGette said she is a supporter of the Second Amendment but is not a gun owner. She is one of four Democrats calling for a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

“I am not a gun owner myself, but in both of my daughter’s bedrooms they have their targets from when they took their NRA safety courses. The NRA has very, very good gun safety courses that they teach, and both of my girls got a bullseye, and they put their little targets up on their wall,” DeGette said.

“So we do support gun rights, but again, I think we need to think about what happens when a mentally unstable person does get ahold of a weapon that is designed solely to kill people and then an ammunition clip that can shoot 100 bullets within just a matter of moments,” she said.

DeGette said the carnage from James Holmes’ shooting spree wouldn’t have been as severe if he didn’t have access to an assault rifle.

“You’re never going to stop somebody from taking a gun into a theater, but if that person

couldn’t get access to an assault rifle and an ammunition cartridge like that, then they wouldn’t have been able to kill so many people and to severely injure so many people,” she said.