On Wednesday, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle exhibited a complete lack of knowledge about guns while reporting on the shooting at the Republican congressional baseball practice.
Ruhle interviewed terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance about the incident in which Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional aide, and two Capitol Hill police officers were injured after a delusional man open fired at the Republican congressional team that was practicing for a charity game the next day. In the segment, Nance questioned whether the gunman was using a scope.
“Or it could have been an aimed shot — using an optic, some form of scope trying to get at a very specific target,” questioned Nance.
Ruhle did not understand what Nance was referring to and subsequently asked him to clarify.
“Malcolm, slow down. Walk me through, for those of us who are not familiar with weapons, what exactly does a scope mean?” Ruhle asked.
Nance tried to simplify the concept to Ruhle:
It’s a sniper scope. It’s the long optic that you put on top of a weapon to gain a much closer field of view so that you can see your target better and it gives you the ability to shoot with some measure of precision. We don’t know what kind of optic that he had on this weapon, but if he did have an optic on there it would probably explain the first shot. Whoever he was aiming at with the first shot was the person that he would really want to hit.
In a statement, President Trump said that the perpetrator, James Hodgkinson, died at the hospital after sustaining injuries from police return fire.
First reported by The Blaze.