After this past couple of weeks, it is hard to decide which idiocy or outrageousness to talk about. So I’ll use a couple of pictures to make a point:
This, my friends, is the number of homicides, by any means, within the US, since 1950. It points out that we presently have the lowest homicide rate in 51 year. OK, chart number 2:
Here we have the number of guns in the US, by year. It is acknowledged that there are over 300 million guns in the hands of US citizens.
So, given the homicide rate, where again is the problem? Where is the crisis? Well, there isn’t one … at least not the one the idiots on the left would have you believe. It’s kind of like their climate change argument, even if the numbers don’t support the conjecture, they go ahead with the conjecture as if it is truth anyway. And when the facts are presented, they simply turn their head, cover their ears and yell “la la la” like a 3 year old. It is an amazing thing to watch. Guns are not the problem. The problem in Orlando was the product of a culture that is incompatible with ours. I wonder, if he had nailed all the entrances and exits shut and burned the place, would they be talking about banning matches? Would they even be talking about matches? Nope. Probably something just as outlandish like blaming an event carried out by a self-declared Muslim terrorist on Christians. Oh, wait …
How hysterical has it gotten on the left? Well, they’re all involved in demonizing a gun that wasn’t even used in the massacre so they can ban it. And the uncritical among them? Well they’re acting fairly typically. Like this restaurant owner in Maine:
A restaurant owner in Portland, Maine, has come under attack by gun advocates after she announced she would not allow assault rifle users to eat at either of her venues.
Anne Verrill, announced on the Facebook page of her fine-dining restaurant Grace that after the massacre in Orlando gay club Pulse on Saturday, owners of AR-15 assault rifles were not welcome there or at her other restaurant in Falmouth.
Of course an AR-15 is not (let me say this again for the slow out there – NOT) an assault rifle. Or, said another way, the AR-15 is not equivalent to an M-16 – which is, in fact, a military grade assault rifle. The difference, of course, is between automatic and semi-automatic. And it also includes some much beefier parts for the real assault rifle – the M-16 – that aren’t found on the AR-15. The reason for those beefier parts is the requirement it be able to fire automatically and sustain that without being damaged.
Why is that? Regulation?
Semi-automatic AR-15s for sale to civilians are internally different from the full automatic M16, although nearly identical in external appearance. The hammer and trigger mechanisms are of a different design. The bolt carrier and internal lower receiver of semi-automatic versions are milled differently, so that the firing mechanisms are not interchangeable. The design changes were done to satisfy United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) requirements that civilian weapons may not be easily convertible to full-automatic.
So, there you go. Oh, and as mentioned above, the AR-15 had zip to do with Orlando. But hey, facts, who is worried about those?
Anyway, back to poor misguided Anne of the Mooseville Inn, Chili Parlor and Law School. After many angry responses, she deleted the post and did a little quick step to the rear on her former hysterical rant. And here’s the laughable part:
‘I don’t want to take away guns of responsible gun owners,’ the second post said. ‘I don’t care if you have 12 hunting rifles if you are a responsible hunter. I want people to not have the power to own weapons of war.’
See above concerning what this weapon is – it is NOT – (once again NOT) a weapon of war any more than those “12 hunting rifles” the “responsible hunter” may have. In fact, if I were to guess, many of those 12 hunting rifles are much more powerful than an AR-15. Since this is picture day, let’s try this one:
Yes you can get a 556 AR-15, but the most popular of them is the .223. It’s a varmint rifle, for heaven sake. Here, I’ll tell you what, how about another picture?
OK, see the round on the right? That’s a .223 round. The center round? A .308 – a very popular round for hunting. And finally, the big guy on the left? The ever popular 30.06. Hunting rounds.
So, Anne, what were you thinking? That just because an AR-15 might look like an M-16 that it was exactly like an M-16? If you slap wings and a tail on a car, does it make it an airplane? Ignorance, dear lady, is what put you in this position. That echo chamber you’re a part of is not your friend. But you’ll now suffer the consequences of your ignorance because, as I understand it, there are a whole lot of folks in Maine who like to hunt and also like the AR-15.
Bah! I’m too frustrated with the level of ignorance out there to continue with this.
Have a good weekend!