Ace has a theory that the elite political class (both journalists and politicians) don’t care when they make monumentally stupid and ignorant statements about guns.
They are proud of being ignorant of guns because knowledge of guns would mark them as deplorables, or, at minimum, as the kind of peasants in flyover who know proper gun terminology.
They are like aristocratic 19th Century women who were proud of having no useful skills, because only the lower class should know of such things. Or straight guys who are proud of knowing nothing about gay culture. (“So, what’s a bear again? Is that like a fat guy?”)
So our country is governed by a class of people who are completely ignorant of the things they want to regulate, and genuinely take pride in their ignorance. Fabulous.