Whenever a new Heavily Armed, Deranged, Attention-Seeking Person appears upon the scene and goes berserk with a firearm, those Americans who irrationally support an unlimited interpretation of right of the people to keep and bear arms immediately become very defensive and claim the firearm is not to blame.
A very recent example is this flyer which is making the rounds following the actions of the latest Heavily Armed, Deranged, Attention-Seeking Person in Aurora, Colorado. The actions of the Heavily Armed, Deranged, Attention-Seeking Person in Colorado, using an AR-15 in addition to other firearms, did bodily harm to 71 people in 10 minutes and left many of those people extremely injured and 12 of them dead.
Think about the flyer for a minute. A rock is being claimed to be as big a threat as a gun. Make that, a rock is being claimed to be as big a threat as a an “Assault Weapon”.
71 people in 10 minutes. The AR-71 is a semi-automatic version of the US military M16 rifle modified for civilian sales. A quick search of the Internet shows that the rifle can fire 12–15 rounds a minute almost indefinitely; but there are many, many reports of firing rates as much as 10 times that (100’s per minute) for minutes at a time. Also from the Internet you quickly find that drum magazines are readily available that hold 100 rounds each. Damn, an AR-15 is an “Assault Weapon”!
71 people in 10 minutes. Try it with a pile of rocks. Well first of all, it would probably take longer than 10 minutes to carry in all those rocks. You might harm one or two people. But by then at least a few of the others would start to steal some of your rocks and beat the crap out of you. OK, maybe you decide to use larger pebbles and a slingshot. You might get them to the location and you might harm a few people. But most of the rest would run out of range before long. I bet they would throw back any pebbles that missed or that they found lying around. Probably some of them would find other heavy sharp objects. Plus a few might have guns in their cars.
No, anyone who thinks a rock is as much of an “Assault Weapon”, or anywhere near as dangerous, as a gun is purely delusional.
I learned to shoot at a young age. Small targets at long ranges where not really a problem. Still Here Too learned to shoot from a few, proud good men. She was a really good shot, would have put me to shame. For purely personal reasons we do not keep any firearms in our home. We have no real fundamental issue with firearms properly used. But we would both feel a lot better about living in America if there were a few less than the projected 200–300 million privately owned guns; and we would both feel even better about living in America if “Assault Weapons” were not allow in the general population.
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