It’s All The Assault Weapons’ Fault! Lame-stream Talking Heads And Their Ineffective Solutions – Again…

Posted on August 15, 2012

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The United States (The Gaslamp Post) – Every day it seems that all we are hearing about on television are seemingly (bogus) public pleas to the legislators in congress for gun control.  Nothing too restrictive mind you, just something to keep the “military style” weapons off of the streets of America.

In all honesty, anyone who uses the term “military style” weapon to describe the firearms which they wish to see banned obviously has never fired one at the range, or has never served in any capacity to have ever fired a “military style” weapon, and if they claim to have – couldn’t produce a 214…

I received an email from a tactical equipment supplier which also features a weekly blog story and one couldn’t help but do a double-take at the subject line; “Jesse Jackson: AR-15s Are For ‘Domestic, Homegrown Terrorism.'”

Well now if they didn’t heave that one at you like a brick…

The story went as follows;

Debate over the recent U.N. Arms Trade Treaty and the Colorado Cinema shooting has spurred a spate of legislative talk about banning a variety of firearms and shooting accessories. In particular, there’s renewed political efforts to try to enact a new “Assault Weapons Ban” and a “large-capacity magazine ban.”

A common assertion is that gun owners don’t need to possess self-loading rifles, such as AR-15s and AK-style semiautos. For example, President Barack Obama told the National Urban League last week that “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers … not on the streets of our cities.” Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines and added, “There is no place in the state of Illinois for weapons designed to rapidly fire at human targets at close range.” In one of the following story links, Jesse Jackson even claims, “These are weapons for domestic, homegrown terrorism.”

After the interesting piece came the sources which the author used to write the story.  I read each of them and just shook my head.  Inasmuch as I try to avoid using the whole left vs. right narrative, sometimes when you look down at the grass, you can’t deny dog crap when you see it.

Of course I had to read what the Rev. Jesse Jackson (who cheated on his wife, had illegitimate child with mistress, and raised a crooked politician son who may be facing prison time for his role in the attempted selling of then Sen. Barack Obama’s seat – which ended up sending former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison) had to say on the matter.

According to the good reverend, police chiefs in Detroit and Miami, are reporting that the AR-15 is the weapon of choice for gangs and “home grown” terrorists.  According to Rev. Jackson, a person possessing such a weapon could potentially shoot up an airplane, shoot through the White House, and should be banned because they were designed specifically for war.

AR-15 pictured above. Brunette not included.

Um, pardon me your eminence, how often are semi-automatic rifles used by our military in combat situations?

“An AK-47 is a Russian-made weapon that is made for war. An AR-15, which is an answer to the AK-47 . . . these high-capacity [guns] . . . you can shoot 50 to 60 rounds within a minute. Within a minute you can literally shoot through brick, shoot through steel.”

Yeah… all that, OH and let’s just forget the fact that we equip our soldiers with fully automatic firing rifles, not to be confused with the ones which fire only one round each time the operator pulls the trigger.

For anyone interested, the AK-47 is not only made in Russia, but all throughout Europe as well as the United States.  In fact, Century Arms of Florida makes two different versions of the rifle, chambered for both .223/5.56x45mm as well as the traditional 7.62x39mm.

So then Jackson goes on to say that anyone could basically assemble an arsenal overnight and pull off a James Holmes style shooting.  How is this possible?  Because politicians are intimidated by those evil boogeymen; the NRA and gun lobby.

…politicians are more intimidated by the gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association than they are moved by the police chiefs or by common sense. The result is that gun ownership is less well-policed than driving. There is no required training to own or use a gun, even an assault weapon. And as Holmes showed, in Colorado and many states, you can build an arsenal overnight capable of bringing down an airplane or shooting up a baseball crowd without any meaningful checks or accountability.

Again, good reverend, I’m not sure where you’re getting your information.  Is not your home state one of the most repressive when it comes to gun ownership already?  Is not Illinois one of three states which requires an individual to pass a background check before they can obtain a special ID card which tells a firearms seller that they are eligible to purchase a firearm?  Does that individual not still have to go through another background check at the time of purchase and be subject to a 2 to 5 day waiting period for that gun?

Does the ATF not flag anyone who purchases over a certain amount of firearms within a certain period of time?

Is not your home state the only state in the union which denies law abiding citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon in order to be secure in their person while on the streets?

Detroit, Michigan

I wonder if the reason that Detroit and Miami are such havens for criminals and such a hazard to police is because they are both left-leaning havens for entitlements which only breed crime and dependency.  Hmmm….  It’s interesting that he failed to mention what is happening right now in his home city of Chicago.

You guys remember Chicago, right?  The city now run by President Obama’s lackey, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which is now officially the murder capital of the PLANET.  I wonder if left-leaning policy havens have anything to do with rising crime rates?

Chicago crime scene

Alright so we’ve established that Jackson is an uninformed (useful) idiot, lets move on…

Not surprising we find an article published by CNN (Ted Turner’s “Clinton News Network”) which espouses the idea that gun ownership is fine and dandy, but there are certain kinds that the American public has no legitimate purpose of owning.

Or so says Roland Martin, CNN contributor.

I absolutely and positively support the Second Amendment. Americans have the right to bear arms, but nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it say that you must be able to bear any arms your heart desires.

Opinion: Media can’t ignore the killer

There is no reason the ban on assault weapons is no longer the law of the land. If you need an AK-47 to hunt, maybe you need shooting lessons.

Shooting lessons?  Seriously?  Alright well for anyone whose never hunted before, you might accept that lame statement from Mr. Martin.  For the rest of us who hunt, especially in the early spring or late fall, you understand that the animal for which you hunt is not the only animal out there.  Believe it or not, YOU are on the menu of some of those critters.

Matthew Sutton (pictured above) and son (not pictured) were attacked by a bear (pictured above) while elk hunting in 2011. Both hunters survived with injuries.

Bears, mountain lions, cougars, and wolves have a way of popping up when you least expect it.  Sure you’ve got your heart set on that 10-point buck and maybe this is going to be your year, but that 1100 pound ball of muscle, fur, and teeth coming at you at around 30 miles-per-hour is hungry and has his heart set on YOU.

What are you supposed to do, crack off a shot and ask the bear to stop so you can reload?  With all due respect Mr. Martin, go fuck yourself.  Go hunting sometime in any of the northern states and find out for yourself.  In fact, take a single shot with you and try to prove me wrong – then we’ll never have to hear from you again.

I do not need your acceptance or to explain myself to you why I have a right to keep and bear arms.  If you choose to not exercise your right, so be it…  But get the hell off my back.

NEXT!!!!

So now we’re on to yet another load of bs article, this time written by the dizzy Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).  This one’s a real piece of work, let me tell you.  Hailing from San Francisco, California, the queen of Prozac has staked her claim, and planted her battle flag on the field of the gun-control battle.

Contrary to gun-lobby propaganda, the assault weapons ban worked. The 101 California Street attack involved two TEC-9 semiautomatic handguns. The Aurora shooting involved an AR-15-style semiautomatic assault rifle with a 100-round ammunition drum. The manufacture and sale of these weapons, along with the 100-round drum, would have been prohibited under the assault weapons ban.

Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds?

These weapons are not for hunting deer – they’re for hunting people.

Wow, huh?  “Gun-lobby propaganda…”  “The assault weapons ban worked…”

This is like shooting fish in a bucket, yes pun intended.
Curious that if it’s lobbyists seeking legislation to be passed for people to sit on their butts for 99 weeks, and not find a job at the expense of the tax payer is fine and dandy, but if it’s lobbyists pushing to reinforce the United States Constitution, they’re pushing “propaganda.”  Interesting choice of words, is it not?

“The assault weapons ban worked,” Sen. Feinstein said.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) displaying what she is calling an “assault weapon.”

Did it?  Did it really?

Sherman, set the Way-back Machine for the year 1994…

Well alright, let’s take a look at what happened in the United States during said Assault Weapons Ban, the 10 years from 1994 to 2004 – where it ended under Bush 43.

Are we going to again blame the last administration, Mr. Peabody?

Absolutely not Sherman, just read on!

On Tuesday September 14, 1994, a convicted felon opened fire on a female police officer in Miami, Florida.  Jack Keith Holt, 36, opened fire with an AK-47 and fired roughly two-dozen rounds at an officer, hitting her in the head and shoulder.  The officer survived.

Good thing the Assault Weapons Ban worked…

At around 9:15 am on February 28, 1997, two men wearing body armor and armed with assault weapons engaged police of the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California.  The two men identified as Larry Phillips Jr. and  Emil Mătăsăreanu, were the prime suspects in a string of armed bank robberies.  Phillips reportedly took himself out while Mătăsăreanu was taken down by SWAT officers two blocks away.

Good thing the Assault Weapons Ban worked…

In 1995, in Los Angeles, a 3-year-old girl was cut down by Mexican drug dealers when her father took a wrong turn at 1:45 am on September 17.  The child, Stephanie Kuhen, was torn apart when gang bangers opened fire with assault weapons on her family’s vehicle.  Her stepfather and brothers were wounded in the attack but survived.

They were returning from a family cook out and made the mistake of turning down the wrong street.

Good thing the Assault Weapons Ban worked…

May 29, 1997, two men were convicted in a drive by shooting of individuals in parked cars at a 7-Eleven in Annapolis, Maryland.  They reportedly opened fire on the cars on August 31, 1996, wounding several people.  The weapon was a Chinese made assault rifle obtained by a brother of one of the  assailants (not legal).

Good thing the Assault Weapons Ban worked…

On December 28, 1996, two Las Vegas police officers were accused of a drive-by shooting which they reportedly killed a 21-year-old man.  The officer, Robert Mortenson, 31, had hunted down his victim while off duty, accompanied by another off duty police officer.  Mortenson reportedly opened fire into a crowd of people with an assault weapon outside of an apartment complex before speeding off.

The other officer wasn’t charged because he ratted on his partner.

Good thing the Assault Weapons Ban worked…

March 24, 1998, two teenagers opened fire after on their classmates after pulling the fire alarms and lying in wait to ambush them.  Mitchell Scott Johnson (born August 11, 1984) and Andrew Douglas Golden (born May 25, 1986) killed 5 people and wounded 10 others with stolen assault weapons.

Good thing the Assault Weapons Ban worked…

And who could of course forget the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999.  On April 12, 1999 Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris went into their school and opened fire with assault weapons, murdering 13 and wounding 21.

Good thing the Assault Weapons Ban worked…

Do I really have to go on?  I have time, and I most certainly can, but I think I’ve proved a point here.  Whether a law is enacted or not, the crime that it is aimed at preventing will not go away.

Furthermore, to tell an American citizen that they cannot possess the same weaponry in order to put down, defend against, or stave from such a threat is preposterous!

Here’s another thing; these crimes are also on record as being committed by CIVIL AUTHORITIES!  The Las Vegas story was about 2 POLICE OFFICERS.

Do we not remember Waco?  Did the blood of innocent civilians not fall onto the hands of law enforcement?  America if you thought the Second Amendment was about hunting and robbers in the streets, you have another thing coming…

The founding fathers lived through tyranny and knew that history would again repeat itself.  So often I’ve heard that what happened in the 1770’s could not happen again due to technology and an unforeseen future, but I say that’s total BS.

Do we seriously believe that the men who drafted and signed the Deceleration of Independence  believed that technology would not move forward?  Do we honestly believe that those men thought that they existed at the pinnacle of technological development and weaponry would not advance?

We’re talking about men who had an understanding of the Roman Empire, who understood metallurgy, knew the history of European oligarchs, as well as an understanding of engineering and physics.  John Adams used to play games with his children (who were home schooled) using calculus mathematics!

Show of hands; whose grade school aged children can perform calculus functions, or know what a summation or a derivative is?  How about know what the Riemann Sum is?

They were not fools and saw this day coming.

Senator Feinstein went on;

Let me be clear: If an individual wants to purchase a weapon for hunting or self-defense, I support that right.

But a semiautomatic assault rifle with a 100-round ammo drum – or a handgun with a 30-round magazine like the one used to shoot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona – has but one purpose: to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible.

Talk about losing grip on reality.  First of all, a firearm is a tool.  It requires skill in order use it correctly, effectively, and in as safe a manner as possible.  What happened in those two instances was an example of how NOT to use a firearm.  Just as the safe operation of automobile or a chainsaw requires a skill, so does a firearm.  Automobiles and chainsaws can and have been used to take human lives, have been used in illegal manners by people who were acting outside of the law, yet we put no such restrictions on their size or ability to be purchased.

Why then is it that we do it with firearms?

Secondly, let us take a look at high capacity magazines.  Let’s discuss for a moment the 100-round drum magazine that Holmes had used.  It jammed, did it not?  This happened because a 100-round drum magazine is not practical, it is a novelty.  It was never intended to perform in any sort of assault capacity.

That sort of thing is a show piece for someone who has the “bigger is better” mentality and is no different than someone building a hotrod and showing it off.  A 100-round drum magazine may make an assault rifle look “cool” but it does little in the way of performance.

If they actually performed the way they are thought to by politicians like Sen. Feinstein, then why isn’t our military using them?  Why do our soldiers still rely on 30 round magazines and belt fed ammo if 100-round drum magazines exist?

Because the 100-round drum magazine isn’t reliable!

I challenge anyone who claims that prohibiting the purchase of military style assault weapons infringes on American freedoms. No sane person would argue that an individual should be free to own a nuclear weapon – we set limits and we abide by them. And we need to set limits on assault rifles.

Oh brother…

Alright Madam Senator, I accept your challenge.  First of all, to try to make a comparison between a nuclear weapon and a firearm owned by a private citizen only goes to prove the foolishness of your argument.  If one has to resort to that sort of erroneous comparison in order to make an argument, then your logic is already flawed.

Why not mention weaponized satellites, weapons grade anthrax, or malicious computer viruses?  Why stop at nuclear weapons?

Secondly, a senator just like any other elected official in American government is there to carry out the wishes of their constituents by representing them in Washington.  Their job is NOT to do what they think is good for us, it is to do as they’re told.

YOU work for US!

“The constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms,” Samuel Adams.

By pushing this gun control nonsense, you along with other like-minded politicians are not doing your job.  The American people do not want any sort of gun control measures.  If they did then one would have to ask why gun sales in the United States have tripled their rate in the last year.  So many firearms are being purchased by Americans that both Colt and Remington have stopped taking orders until next year; they cannot fill all of the orders they presently have.

By disarming American citizens of an effective countermeasure against criminals who possess the same weaponry, you are enabling criminals to run rampant in the streets.  This is not acceptable to the American public.  “Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the overthrow of tyranny, or in private self defense,” John Adams.

Third, the media’s coverage of recent shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin have many Americans doubting the official story.  There are too many eyewitnesses coming out to refute the “official” report, as well as notice those two instances seem very coincidental in their proximity to the UN Small Arms Treaty.  “[Tyranny cannot be safe] without a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace,” James Madison.

Americans are beginning to distrust their elected employees.  Is that the fault of the American people or a result of your missteps as you and others like yourself try to navigate the halls of congress with little regard for anything other than benefiting yourselves?

As we witness more and more of our rights being trampled and abuses upon our liberties increasing, what was once considered conspiracy theory is now apparently clear.  When our military openly engages in maneuvers in civilian locations and stories of abuses by law enforcement surface daily; it is hard to ignore the 800 pound gorilla in the room.  “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance.  Let them take arms,”  Thomas Jefferson.

This further causes your employers, your constituents, the free citizens of the United States to no longer trust you.  If your solution to a problem which you created is to disarm Americans and deny them a weapon simply because it resembles another which is used in combat, then you obviously aren’t the right person for the job.

Americans have neither the obligation to secure your permission nor your acceptance of the right to defend themselves and be secure in their person, from criminals and tyrants alike.  “A people armed and free forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition and is a bulwark of a nation against foreign invasion and domestic oppression,”  James Madison.

Madam Senator as well as all elected officials in Washington, consider this your performance evaluation as well as your final written notice.  You were sworn to uphold the constitution and WE THE PEOPLE feel that you are falling short of fulfilling your obligations.

See you in November.