I spent some time in Australia in the company of some extremely gregarious Sheilas. Perth was like the best bits of California without the Californians. But I wouldn’t live there on a bet. The country founded by English convicts—people with a profound grudge against tyrannical government—has regressed into a proto-police state. As always, civilian disarmament is the slippery slope down which the citizens’ natural and civil rights are sliding. Key to this de-evolution (are we not men?): demonizing guns. And the easiest way to do that is to point to the U.S. and say “You don’t want to become like that, do ya mate?” More specifically this from news.com.au: “It’s designed as a military killing machine and instead it’s doing its job slaughtering the innocent in shopping malls, schools and cinemas across America.” Anthropomorphize much? It gets better/worse . . .
The gun that’s killing America is a lightweight, easy to handle assault rifle that has become a lethal weapon in the hands of losers, misfits and people with a grudge.
Gun enthusiasts call it the “iPhone” of gun shops.
I think they means “iPhone of guns.” (It’s hard to write clearly when your hair’s on fire.) Besides, we all know the AR-15 is the Barbie of guns. Back to the Reefer Madness of firearms-related reportage.
From the Sandy Hook school massacre, to the Dark Knight Cinema slayings and now the Los Angeles Airport shootings last weekend, the AR-15 is the firearm of choice for people who want to wreak maximum havoc . . .
“Designed specifically for lightweight mobility, speed of target acquisition, and potent firepower capability – the Colt Law Enforcement Carbine delivers,” Colt advertises on its website. “This specially designed law enforcement weapon system features many of the combat proven advantages of the military Colt M4.”
Its popularity has spawned dozens of YouTube videos on how to choose your AR-15, how to fire it, and with demonstrations of young women in short shorts giggling and loosing off round after round in target practice.
The fully automatic version can fire up to 800 rounds per minute, and instructive videos explain how to “bump fire”, or repeat fire, a semiautomatic version to give the spray effect.
Far from discouraging Americans, the Sandy Hook massacre saw in its wake an escalation of sales with AR-15s “flying off the shelves” of gun shops.
Around 47 per cent of Americans own firearms, and they bought weapons in record numbers in 2012.
Here’s how the AR-15 is killing Americans:
The rest of the article is a potted history of recent spree killers wielding AR-15s. About the only good thing that can be said about this AR-15 hit piece: the accompanying video shows a wonderful clip (not magazine) of Erica (of Corey and Erica YouTube fame) shooting an AR. The really scary part: this article is not a million miles away from America’s mainstream coverage of the AR-15. There but for the grace of the Second Amendment, and your vigilance, go we. Or something like that. [h/t JA]