Here we have someone who claims expertise, but then demonstrates exactly the opposite. I won’t bother pointing out the flaws in the actual blog post – either you see them and get it, or you agree with the post and no amount of information will dissuade you.
See the problem? This is right after the Florida school shooting, so emotions are extremely high.
Browse the comments section. There may be a dozen or so exchanges that are interesting and useful, but nearly all of it is vitriol, accusations, and flat-out ignorance from all sides. Oh, and hate. Lots of that. Gun control advocates are now taking off the gloves and calling for full bans, either of ARs or all privately owned guns.
The GC crowd is now engaging in fully fledged lies, and some even admit it. They don’t care that they’re lying so long as they get their way. Don’t believe me? Search social media for people claiming ARs account for the majority of mass shootings. It turns out there may have been up to 13 mass shootings that involved an AR. Sounds like a lot until you realize that number stretches back 35 years, and over 300 mass shootings. That’s about 4%. And if you choose to use the rabidly anti-gun sources, it’s thousands of mass shootings, which makes the percentage really, really tiny.
They spout things like “military firepower” and “overwhelming destruction”. Also lies. The military characteristics of the AR-15 include ruggedness, reliability, and interchange of standardized parts. ARs do not have automatic or select fire. The round is underpowered for hunting, and while it’s still lethal to put into a human body, it’s not anywhere near the most powerful thing on the civilian market.
Others are crying out for removing semi-automatic weapons. Again, they just don’t have any clue what they’re talking about. Many hunting rifles are SA, nearly every modern pistol is, and even plinking guns like a .22 comes in SA. In fact, a huge number of civilian hunting and sport rifle rounds are available in multiple actions – lever, bolt, and semi-automatic. You know the pistols police carry? Semi-auto. That cute little .25 pocket pistol grandpa has in the sock drawer? Semi-auto.
Oh, and let’s go back to mass shooting weapons. Did you know that Virginia Tech was the worst mass shooting in history up to that point? It was conducted with handguns, including a .22 pistol.
The issue is ignorance. Willful, malicious, religiously held ignorance.