Elon recently continued his shift to the right by claiming to support the 2A. He then showed that his journey isn’t complete when he went on to say that he supports Universal Background Checks and thinks “assault weapons” should be restricted to range owners and “people who live in gang areas.”

I am not going to be to hard on him. In this case, it is obvious that he isn’t a dogmatic liberal who supports his cause over facts and logic. It looks to me like he is a new convert away from leftist dogma, and it takes some time to see that everything you have believed in the past is wrong because the information you relied upon to come to those beliefs was bullshit. The confusion over assault weapons was a deliberate misinformation campaign.

The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.

Josh Sugarmann, 1988

He will come to realize the truth. This is one of those times when attacking him for his mistaken belief would be counterproductive. Someone needs to educate him without attacking him.

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WDS · May 26, 2022 at 8:10 am

Considering he travels with a security detail of at least 6, perhaps one or more of them would invite him to the range for some hands on experience & knowledge. Personally, I don’t believe he would go because if it ever got out he was operating one of those “weapons of war” at some evil gun range it would really damage the Musk brand.

SiG · May 26, 2022 at 9:23 am

He probably has simply never thought of the obvious questions that follow what he said and which we all know.

He’s a fast learner and very inclined to seeing how ideas work out in reality. I suspect he’ll learn quickly here, too, as you say.

Michael Z. Williamson · May 28, 2022 at 12:10 pm

People who live in gang areas.

So, Americans.

Drang · May 28, 2022 at 1:26 pm

Has anyone asked him to define “assault weapons”?

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