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