Emily Miller is an excellent spokesperson for gun rights: beautiful, intelligent, facile and media friendly. But this appearance is not her best. First of all, fully automatic firearms are not outlawed by the National Firearms Act. (A fact she later alludes to but doesn’t state outright.) Second, her antagonist is right: why should we outlaw machine guns as defensive weapons? TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia will argue that all day long. Third, defending a ban on full-auto firearms because “we as a society have decided” opens the door to the counter: why shouldn’t “we as a society” decide to ban semi-automatic modern sporting rifles? The proper distinction here (as we’ve mentioned many times) is that . . .
aimed weapons are OK. Weapons of indiscriminate mass destruction are not. Say yes to the bazooka! Other points of information . . .
Lanza did go into Sandy Hook Elementary with a handgun. A semi-automatic Bushmaster AR-15 is different from the hunting guns of yore, which were bolt action. The cartridges used in most modern sporting rifles are different from the calibers used for hunting back in the day (.223 vs. .308, .30-30, etc). Half the owners of AR-15s are not former military and law enforcement. They account for less than 30 percent of MSR ownership.
As for agreeing that NICS background checks need to be improved before they’re expanded, I know that’s the official NRA and NSSF position. But they have to say stuff like that. A conservative pundit can tell it like it is. The system sucks, it will always suck, it degrades our firearms freedom and it needs to go away.
Again, Emily’s good for gun rights. But she needs to bone-up on her gun facts and think it out again.