Pro-Gun Control Fla. Senator Falsely Tweets ‘Assault Weapons’ Were Used in a Shooting

On Sunday, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) tweeted how he was being informed of a shooting that occurred in the Liberty City section of Miami. Citing state Rep. Kionne McGhee (D-Fla.), Nelson added how “assault weapons” were used in the shooting.

Despite what the Nelson was told, the shooting that occurred did not involve “assault weapons.”

McClatchy DC reports the guns used in the attack were handguns, not a rifle of any kind. Despite now knowing what types of firearms were used, the tweet has not been deleted.

“That was from Kionne. That was Kionne’s impression,” Nelson later explained. “It was information from somebody right on the scene, and I think people are entitled to that information.”

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McGhee also tweeted about the shooting, repeating how “Assualt Weapons” were used:

When pressed on what type of firearm was used, McGhee defended his statement by pointing out “witnesses stated that believed they heard an assault weapon”:

In total, two people were killed and two others were hospitalized, according to the Miami Herald.

Nelson is a strong advocate for the banning of firearms like the AR-15 in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in February.

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