On Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg argued with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over the issue of gun control.
At one point Paul corrected Goldberg, who argued for banning automatic weapons. Paul said that automatic weapons are regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934. Individuals who wish to purchase one must first be approved by the federal government for a special license.
The exchange went as follows:
Goldberg: I don't understand why anyone objects to getting rid of automatic weapons. Automatic weapons, they’re not for hunting. They do nothing — they’re only there to kill. And you’ll notice that a lot of the things that have happened have happened with automatic weapons. When we see that why don’t we say, "Who really needs to have one other than people that are at war?"
Paul: Truly automatic weapons we don’t have. We banned truly automatic weapons I think in1934.
Goldberg: But we still got a lot of them Rand. C’mon!
Paul: What we have is not automatic weapons. It’s semi-automatic. So they fire in a fairly fast sequence, but you can’t pull the trigger and they come like a machine gun. Those are no longer out there.
Goldberg: But you know what I'm saying.
Paul: What there is, is, there's a repetitive fire. People do hunt with them and people do also shooting and sports shooting and target shooting and things with these guns. Come to Kentucky and I’ll introduce you. There are a lot of people who like and enjoy this as a sport. But the other problem is that if we're going to take away ownership of specific types of guns, you really have to modify it, something that big has to either be legislation or even possibly a constitutional amendment. We can't allow one individual to do it.