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The anti-gun left’s ‘assault weapon’ fixation is absurd and deadly

Posted 06/15/2016 4:53 pm by

Modern AR-15 (M4A1) carbine

At the frontlines of the anti-firearm hysteria gripping the nation’s leftist urbanites are people who have no experience handling firearms. How do we know? Because they keep saying really stupid stuff about guns.


One of the best examples of late is veteran newspaper columnist Gersh Kuntzman’s attempt to relay to his New York Daily News readers how simply firing a so-called assault rifle can disorient even the most normal person into an “anxious and irritable” maniac who’d have little trouble imagining “dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel.”


Well, he told his readers that— and of how the big, scary AR-15 he had the opportunity to shoot at a Philadelphia range bwoosed his widdle shoulder.


“It felt to me like a bazooka — and sounded like a cannon,” Kuntzman began his column before launching in to a discussion about the AR-15’s biggest buyers being murderous madmen and repeatedly questioning why, why, why any normal citizen would wish to own one.


Here was the result of Kuntzman’s little experiment:


I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).


The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.


Even in semi-automatic mode, it is very simple to squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened. If modified to fully automatic mode, it doesn’t take any imagination to see dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel.


All it takes is the will to do it.


This all feels to me like classic yellow journalism— and sounds like a load of bullshit.


First of all, attempting to make AR-style rifles the center argument in talking about mass shootings in the United States is nothing but a bit of dishonest Democratic herd-worship on Kuntzman’s part. After all, the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimated in congressional testimony a couple years ago that there are probably more than 8 million of the things floating around in the United States.


Certainly that number has only risen since. So, if “assault rifles” are being picked up by the bushel by murderous psychos as folks like Kuntzman would have you believe, we’d should be seeing far more tragedy than we are.


That’s why the favorite liberal name for the guns is so absurd. They are rifles. But, except for a handful of bad actors (and perhaps the government), none of the millions of Americans buying them intend to ever use them for any form of assault whatsoever.


My favorite part about what’s wrong with Kuntzman’s column, however, isn’t that he’s caught using Democratic talking point drivel to push an obviously irrational argument. That, we’ve all come to expect.


His carrying-on about the “horrifying, menacing and very very loud” (from his headline) nature of AR-style rifles is what makes me chuckle about this particular attempt to scare the uninformed against lawful ownership of semi-automatic sporting and self-defense rifles.


Anyone with even a little understanding of different rifle platforms and ammunition options knows that the AR-15 chambered in its most popular .223 variant packs a pretty mild recoil compared to similarly-powerful long guns.


That’s precisely why it is so popular among shooters using the rifle for everything from law enforcement to home defense to sport— it’s not particularly loud, scary or difficult to shoot.


In a follow-up column after several commenters and emailers had questioned his manhood, Kuntzman—pardon the expression—stuck to his guns, writing: “Yes, this weapon scared the crap out of me. And it should scare the crap out of all of you, too. An AR-15 is a weapon of mass destruction, a tool that should only be in the hands of our soldiers and cops. I don’t think there’s anything unmanly about pointing out this fact.”


I disagree. Sure, there’s nothing unmanly about telling people that shooting sports aren’t your thing. But certainly there’s no manly quality to be found in crying untruths and backing them up with personal opinions.


An AR-15 is no more a weapon of mass destruction than is an automobile or a match. But it is a tool. And soldiers and cops are men and women, just like the millions of civilians who’ve purchased the rifles for peaceful, personal use.


We’re all capable of good and bad.


What should scare the hell out of Kuntzman’s readers—and all of us—is the prospect of living in an age and society where the actions of men are considered less important than the means by which those actions are achieved.


In the natural order of a polite society, good men are left to themselves because they can be trusted.


We don’t need a new gun ban. We need a ban on the political correctness dulling our collective ability to better recognize the people not worthy of society’s trust. And we need to do away with gun free zones. Any chance at all that a concealed carrier may have the opportunity to dispatch one of these bastards to hell before he racks up a high innocent body count sounds more sensible to me than does thinking that murderers obey gun laws.


It’s liberal stupidity that’s bringing on all this bloodshed, not AR-15s.



7 responses to The anti-gun left’s ‘assault weapon’ fixation is absurd and deadly

  1. joe June 15th, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    This is the UN gun grab agenda,these shootings are all staged.Debating who buys what is waste of time…


  2. Brent June 16th, 2016 at 3:43 am

    We proved Sandy Hook was a drill and that no one was slaughtered. (Even the FBI crime stats show zero deaths in Newtown.) http://sandyhookjusticereport.com/

    I haven’t seen even one pic of a dead fairy. Noticed the crisis actors dropped the “victim” and joked around as soon as they believed they were off camera. Also, two sets of “rescuers” were moving “victims” back to the club…which makes no sense.

    I trust people recognize the agenda behind these psychological operations.


  3. Wilbur June 16th, 2016 at 5:14 am

    No one KNOWS anything, no one is ever RESPONSIBLE for anything, and no one is ever ACCOUNTABLE. If you are a teenager with a joint, you are going up with ZERO TOLERANCE. If you are a 5th grader and you point your finger like a gun you are going up with ZERO TOLERANCE … If Hillary Clinton breaks every law on the books ZERO NOTHING


  4. Wilbur June 16th, 2016 at 5:15 am

    MEDIA-ASSAULT-THOUGHTS. There is no action that is not preceded by the thought and idea of the action, and MSM has immersed America in violent anti-social thoughts. and been publicly proud and boastful of their ANTI-heroes. The immersion of a society in the thoughts and ideas of senseless violence unaccompanied by consequences. The flooding of Media venues such as music, movies, video games, TV, with thoughts and ideas designed to induce violent behavior. If purveying ideas through the media does not work ….. why are $BILLIONS spent every year on advertising and political propaganda if spreading “thoughts” does not matter?!?!
    What are the anti-Freedom activists doing except SPREADING anti-gun THOUGHTS hoping they will lead to ACTIONS?


  5. Wilbur June 16th, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Have you noted the “morphing” story ….. first he was a muslum terrorist, then when TRUMP was proven correct in blocking muslums the story CHANGED to he was GAY and a frequenter of the “Pulse” club, but THEN his wife was driving him “by the club to SCOPE it out” WHY does she drive him by, if he is a FREQUENTER?!? They just cannot get their story straight. By the way, as usual, they are using muslums terrorism to attack YOUR 2nd Amenbdment RIGHT …… after they get your guns they will move on to get rid of the 13th and the 19th Amendments ……
    Any government that will TORTURE will ENSLAVE
    When you protect your house …… do you lock each room, door by door? Each item, one by one? Or do you lock the BORDERS, the FENCES and outside doors? Why is this “government” locking each of us into individual cells instead of locking the BORDERS as any sane person who was ACTUALLY working to protect the House of FREEDOM would do? NOTE they absolutely REFUSE to seal that mexican border. They tell you fences do not work, and put up some flimsy joke fence to “prove” it —– but YOU are paying for a 25 foot tall fence all around Israel. YOU are paying for fences all around THEIR HOUSES(and GUN carrying guards)


  6. Robertsgt40 June 16th, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Maybe KUNTZman should stick to knitting. He sure can’t handle guns.


  7. Tom June 16th, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I remember even back in the late 70’s a very well-traveled cousin-in-law telling me what a bunch of wimps European men had become — that they were so feminized that they made terrible soldiers who had no interest or ability to man up to the power of modern weapons or the rigors of the outdoors.

    Now the disease has arrived in the US. Kuntzman is probably one of those urban weenies who would take being called a metrosexual as a compliment.

    If Kuntzman believes that these rifles are “a tool that should only be in the hands of our soldiers and cops”, he clearly slept through every history class he ever took. He missed the information that “soldiers and cops” have killed vastly more humans (260 million over the last century) in larger mass-murders than all civilian murders combined, and that includes mass-murdering his own tribe.

    Gun control isn’t about public safety, it’s about the government’s ability to mass-murder the people of their choice without being seriously challenged. Which makes Kuntzman, and others like him, an accessory-before-the-fact to mass murder on a grander scale than any penny-ante terrorist like Omar Mateen can imagine.


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