I miss Bruce Krafft. TTAG’s once and future gun control argument destroyer (and former submariner) is slowly recovering from a car accident. Truth be told, we can’t handle the truth (alone). We want him on that wall. We need him on that wall. Especially when we come across stuff like this: The Ultimate Guide To The Gun Safety Debate. It’s thinkprogress.com’s compendium of arguments against the arguments against civilian disarmament. Like this: “The law’s ban on some so-called assault weapons is nonsensical. All such weaponry terminology means is that they are semi-automatic weapons (which most guns are) with some military-style external features.” To which they counter . . .
These aren’t merely cosmetic features: they’re the ones that mark guns optimized for effective performance in combat-style situations. They also mark guns easily convertible to full automatic fire, like the TEC-9 submachine guns once favored in gang killings. One such kit is fully legal, despite the 1934 National Firearms Act banning the possession of automatic weapons without a permit. The kit produced by the company Slide Fire product allows you to turn your AR or AK series assault rifle into a rapid-fire machine without technically running afoul of the federal definition of “machine gun.”
See what we’ve got here? The antis’ playbook! And if anyone, anyone, could deconstruct this anti-gun agitprop, it’s Mr. Krafft. Or Mr. Leghorn. Or our readers. Seriously, this is good stuff. Here’s their “pay no attention to the 1 million+ defensive gun uses per year behind that curtain” answer to the assertion that civilians need “high capacity” magazines.
Not only is this assertion dubious on its face, but it’s bad justification for making policy given how rare defensive gun use is. Presumably someone who’s attacking a school or a family would have more people to shoot, and hence require more bullets than the people trying to stop just him. But debating the nuances of this very specific hypothetical situation misses the point broader point that it doesn’t make sense to fixate on these extraordinarily uncommon cases.
It’s a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a gun grabber and excellent intelligence for those fighting for firearms freedom against high information antis. If only Bruce were well, he’d cut them off at the knees, rhetorically speaking. Get well soon.