Skip to comments.Brady/MMM: Will the NRA Tell the Truth about Military-Style Assault Weapons?
Posted on 12/04/2004 4:34:26 PM PST by TERMINATTOR
"This is not a gun you go deer hunting with."
Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel National Shooting Sports Foundation New York Times, 11-23-04
"They can be used for hunting. They are not any more
powerful, and they're not... you can hunt anything. People
hunt everything from deer to any type of game."
Wayne LaPierre, President
National Rifle Association
Hardball with Chris Matthews, 9-8-04
Washington, DC - The SKS rifle apparently used by the hunter to kill six other hunters in Wisconsin wasn't banned under the Federal assault weapons ban that expired September 13, but it should be banned for civilian use. Designed for use in war, even the gun industry admitted yesterday that it's not intended for hunting.
It may, in fact, be the first time the official spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation has admitted that any military-style semiautomatic assault rifle is inappropriate for hunting. Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the group, went further, and even told the New York Times that the SKS isn't a humane weapon for hunting deer. "The reason the SKS is not used by hunters, Mr. Keane said, is that it is designed for combat soldiers and is therefore underpowered for killing an animal like a deer with a single shot, the goal of good hunters," The Times wrote. "'The ethics of hunting are you don't want the animal to suffer needlessly,' Mr. Keane said."
Prior to the expiration of the assault weapons ban, the industry's spokespersons were unified in describing these types of weapons as perfectly normal for use by hunters. It was one of the industry's main arguments for letting the ban expire.
Since the ban's expiration, high-profile crimes involving assault weapons have already become more commonplace. Plano, Texas police are searching for members of a bank robbery gang that have opened fire on police with AK-47s, and that same weapon is believed to be the weapon of choice of a killer or killers who have shot eight people in West Palm Beach, Florida.
They've switched to calling the SKS an "assault rifle" instead of an "assault weapon". Even further from the truth! The SKS was never an automatic. "semiautomatic assault rifle" is a contradiction in terms.
little things like truth and logic will not stop the brady bunch and liberals in general.
Boy, that sure didn't take them long. Hope they get as much traction out of this as they did Columbine. So that psycho was using a Saiga, the sporterized variant? NOT an SKS?
Lawrence Keane should have kept his pie-hole shut.
I think they are correct, these monstrous weapons have to be controlled. They should reinvigorate their most worthy national campaign to get these weapons off the street, er, out of the woods. Should make it a campaign issue in 2008 in fact. Something has got to be done. And the people will support it. Yeah, that's the ticket.
I believe the police report called it a "Saiga SKS". That may be all we know about it.
Please, no facts.We're dealing with feeeeeelings here.
We lose the argument as soon as we concede, incorrectly, that the second amendment was about hunting.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
How can that be interpreted to mean "the government shall restrict the right of the people to bear arms to those appropriate only for hunting purposes"???
Since when is the US Constitution about recreation?
---and, hopefully will lose his job---as ignorant as he must be , he'd be a natural in, say, the airline industry--
Oh that the great myth that the 2nd Ammendment is for preserving the right to hunt, oh that the lie would just fade away.
Of course, anti-gunners don't care about the 2nd Ammendment. They don't care about what they need to say to gut it, either. Lies? No problem. Misstatements? Sure. Pathetic guilt-trip tearjerker stories? Bring 'em on!
No use preaching to the choir, though. If you are reading this post, you are very likely in agreement.
Hinkley shot the wrong Brady.
Even if it were an SKS, while not a deer rifle, the SKS is a passable hunting rifle for smaller game. It's an excellent, and cheap varmit rifle.
That's just wrong.
So I suppose if the sooter used a .300 Winchester, this would be preferrable? Tell you what, what if the shooter used a .50 BMG??? Would that be powerful enough? No, wait, it would be too powerful, obviously a military weapon. Now, if he shot those other hunters with a .270, that would be acceptable; after all, that makes for a nice deer gun, and since the gun wouldn't be a (gasp) AsSaUlT WeApOn, I suppose those six victims would have had a better chance.
Man, liberals are a stupid lot! Somebody needs to inform these pour ignorant souls that the Second Ammendment has nothing to do with hunting!
Translated by any sane person, that belies the grabbees "high-powered assault weapon" sobriquet, without even addressing their bogus "automatic assault weapon" designation for a semi.
I guess all hunters could give up their firearms and switch to bow and arrow or Wham-o sling shots.
Of course, the 2nd Amendment doesnt really have much to do with hunting.
Lawrence Keane was misquoted, and he is perturbed. I am trying to get him to post a correction on freerepublic, but I only emailed him yesterday.
PLENTY of people hunt deer with SKSs in Mississippi.
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