The stupid is great with this one.
I’ve always imagined that liberal politicians were either foolish, evil, or corrupt (or some conglomeration of all of these), but I never imagined that one of them would prove my belief as perfectly as New Hampshire Democrat [score]Jeanne Shaheen[/score] just did.
Senator Shaheen (D-NH) is from a pro-gun state where thousands of her constituents own the left’s villain du jour, the AR-15. These simple facts didn’t stop her from saying something incredibly stupid during a recent interview on the radio show, Mitchell in the Morning. She argued that AR-15s and other similar guns should be banned and that anyone who tries to buy such a weapon is only “buying it to do bad things.” I kid you not. What Shaheen must not realize is that the AR-15 is one of the most popular rifles in America, and over 5 million Americans own at least one. If they were buying it “to do bad things” we would all have already heard about it.
Here’s what she said:
“Well, I think people need to have their voices heard, and what I’ve heard from people in New Hampshire is they think there’s reasonable legislation that we can pass including things like looking at the types of weapons that so easy for people to get.
The fact is, the AR-15, the gun that (Omar) Mateen used, that’s a weapon of war; it’s advertised as being able do technologically advances in killing people that previous weapons have been unable to do and somebody who is buying that kind of a weapon isn’t buying it for target shooting. They’re not buying it to go out and hunt deer. You don’t need an AK-47 or an AR-15 to hunt deer. They’re buying it to do bad things and we need to recognize that and address it.”
Senator Shaheen is wrong about so much when it comes to the AR-15 and other similarly styled firearms.
It’s immaterial, but I do want to mention that Omar Mateen DID NOT use an AR-15 in his attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Also, it and the AK-47 are very different animals. The AK was developed as a weapon for the Soviet military and the American version of the AK-47 is neither fully automatic (which is illegal) or a favored weapon of the American gun enthusiast. However, the AR-15 is an American firearm that is the most popular gun in America for a reason, as liberal journalist Jon Stokes explains at Vox.com.
Yet if the statistics from the National Shooting Sports Federation can be believed, some 5 million Americans and counting have decided that they do, in fact, “need” an AR-15 — or, more likely, they determined that they wanted one, so they bought it.
I’m one of those 5 million. I’ve owned an AR-15 for four years, and I use it for varmint control on my 17-acre Texas estate…
And it’s also because “military grade” is widely (if sometimes mistakenly) understood to mean “this technology has been tested in the real world, the kinks have been worked out, and its reliability and effectiveness have been proven in the field by an entity with the resources of an entire nation at its disposal.”
Thus it is that since the dawn of the gunpowder age, gun buyers have snapped up military hardware, because that is often the very best hardware they can get their hands on. In this respect, today’s AR-15 buyers are no different than yesteryear’s lever action rifle buyers.
This is all part of the reason why I, a civilian, own a military-grade combat weapon. I don’t want to shoot and miss; I don’t want the gun to jam because it’s dirty or cold; and when I’m hunting game I don’t want to hit my target and then have it run off into the woods and die lost and wounded because I didn’t “bring enough gun.” Like my grandpa with his “military-grade” lever action rifle, I want a modern firearm that’s popular (which means parts and training are cheaply and widely available), ergonomic, rugged, accurate, and reliably effective, so that none of the aforementioned bad things happen to me when I’m shooting…
This is probably the only time I’ll ever suggest reading something from Vox.com but if you haven’t already read it, you should go read the rest of Stokes’ piece.
Don’t let Shaheen and her liberal fascist buddies in the Democrat Party fool you. There is nothing that sets the AR-15 apart from other firearms that would also make it deadlier or more prudent to ban. This is simply yet another liberal attempt to undermine our rights as citizens and to increase the government’s power in our lives.