The quote of the day is presented by Guns.com.
There are few things that terrify a New York-based member of the media more than the idea of normal people out in America doing normal things. Things like plinking and having a little fun with a firearm.
So you can imagine the level of alarm that resulted when a New York Post columnist somehow received an email ad from Henry for a terrifying weapon of war like the AR-7. A rifle millions of Americans would love to find under the tree Christmas morning.
For those who are unfamiliar with the gun — which no doubt includes the Post’s scribe — the AR-7 is a tiny .22 LR rifle that packs a full eight rounds of fearsome New York SAFE Act-compliant firepower in each magazine.
Why civilians in this modern age are still allowed to freely purchase this kind of weaponry remains an infuriating mystery.
Sure, there’s the Second Amendment. But the founders of this country, when they were drafting this amendment, had no idea what kind of guns would be invented two hundred years later that could kill large groups of people instantaneously.
But I also understand the allure of guns and their role in family traditions. I’ve shot guns — an Uzi was my choice in the automatic variety — and I understand the thrill.
Here’s one thing, however, that I can’t understand.
I got an email the other day from the Henry Repeating Arms company. In the subject line was this: “Nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ Like An AR-7.”
And nothing says “idiot” like the person who wrote that line.
In case you don’t know guns, an AR-7 is a semi-automatic rifle that can be used to defend your family, go hunting and — in the wrong hands — kill a lot of people.
– John Crudele in A nauseating Christmas gun ad killed my holiday spirit