Skip to comments.At it again: Anti-gunners trying to demonize yet another class of firearms
Posted on 03/05/2009 3:30:39 AM PST by marktwain
First it was plastic guns that critics, including perennial anti-gun Senator Edward M. Kennedy, hysterically claimed could become the weapon of choice of terrorist because they did not show up on x-ray machines. But the plastic gun turned out to be a myth, and the pistol once called a terrorist weapon for its use of polymer components around a steel frame the Glock is now the choice of American police officers. Then it was the semiautomatic assault-weapon, pilloried in the press because it looked like a military firearm and had some cosmetic features some people didnt like, and this allowed the fear-peddlers at the Violence Policy Center (VPC) an opportunity to confuse people and gull them into supporting a ten-year ban that accomplished nothing, especially when it came to protecting the lives of police officers. One law enforcement expert debunked claims by the gun prohibition lobby that these semiautomatic firearms which function identically to grandpas Remington or Browning shotgun he used to hunt ducks and geese are the weapons of choice of criminals.
I can tell you that the claim that AK-47s or something called an assault weapon is widely used by criminals, isnt true and never has been true. The buzz-phrase became you dont need an assault rifle to hunt ducks, when any hunter could tell you that its illegal to hunt ducks with a rifle, anyway, while any gun rights activist will note that the Second Amendment is not about duck hunting, and that Its the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Needs. Next up was the so-called .50-caliber Sniper Rifle, which gun banners portrayed with the proper degree of paranoia as the gun terrorists would use to bring down passenger jets. There has never been a single recorded incident of such magnitude, and according to Wikipedia, the ViolencePolicyCenter is only able to document 4 actual uses of .50 BMG rifles by criminals. Now, VPCs Tom Diaz, who has made a career demonizing different firearms, is now going after a class of large-caliber handguns developed solely for big game hunting (thus deflating another myth of the anti-gun lobby, that handguns are designed only for shooting people). Like the terms assault rifle plastic handguns and sniper rifle, Diaz has invented a slur term for the huge handguns, dubbing them vest busters. This alludes to the claim that bullets fired from such handguns will penetrate soft body armor worn by police officers. It is no accident that every time the gun ban lobby launches a campaign to ban one type of gun or another, it camouflages the campaign with claims that its to protect children or it threatens the safety of law enforcement officers. Yet the VPC even acknowledges that handgun bullets do not constitute a threat to police wearing bullet resistant vests.
During the 1990 to 1999 period, 20 law enforcement officers were killed by gunshot wounds as a result of rounds penetrating their body armor. All of these rounds were fired from rifles.
Sadly, Michael Steele, former Maryland lieutenant governor and now head of the Republican National Committee, has also fallen for the mantra of gun prohibitionists. He has also alienated millions of gun owners an important base voting bloc for Republicans by stating, What do you need an assault weapon for, if youre going hunting? Thats overkill. Steele exhibited a horrid ignorance of competition shooting, along with the increasing use of AR-15 type rifles for varmint hunting and predator control, especially in the West, by a new generation of shooters brought up with such rifles. According to the Associated Press and Seattle Times, Congressional Democrats currently have little interest in pushing gun control, and Steel should follow their lead. Dont sucker for the new campaign to demonize a class of guns. In a society that condemns racial or religious bigotry, anti-gunners should not get a pass by practicing social bigotry against firearms, and the people who own them. Considering the racist origins of gun control, one would think that new attempts to demonize specific firearms might be met with the same disgust we would feel about demonizing specific classes of people.
when i did this with my children, clintoon was president, the rifle had a lug for a bayonet...that was not illegal at the time, but actually attaching the bayonet made it an assault rifle
Do they realize how good 20 dead in 9 years is?
Deer hunting with an AK-47 can be fun.
Doesn’t China have a million-man army? What about that of India? I imagine there were more numbers run than that.
I really hope you have a link to that story somewhere so I can post it elsewhere.
Years ago, I bought a ChiCom SKS and 1000rds at a gun show. Told the vendor “Thank you, sir ... and Fsck You, Sarah Brady”.
Mad, some lever-actions are banned. And probably H&H rifles as well.
I held the FN 5.7 pistol on Sunday - They needed to get $1400 for it. It is on my purchase list.
What makes it attractive to you?
I’ll admit I like the idea of a 20 round mag and I suspect it will be a very accurate handgun but I can’t see spending that kind of money on something that gives me a .224 caliber, 40 grain bullet with less stopping power than a 9mm.
Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Tools:" (Thanks to whomever thought that up)
Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Dont try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
It's SOP for the Social-fascist Dhimicraps and specifically at places like the Disarm the law-abiding policy center.
Go after an unpopular target and demonize it as a first step in attacking a whole group.
“Never Forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn’t allow him to do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians.”
-Alexander Hope, from the novel “Hope” by L. Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman
Not at the moment - I failed to bump the thread for later reference. I'll check my home computer later this evening - the page will be in the browser cache.
I’d appreciate it.
I’ve been wondering for some time now what the annual increase in the “inventory” is.
There must be 50 ways to lose your hardware
That’s the thing that these anti-gunners don’t seem to grasp -
when it’s just as illegal to have a Ruger 10/22 as it is to have a M-16,
people get the M-16.
1 ) Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
2 ) Never go outside the experience of your people. It may result in confusion, fear and retreat.
3 ) Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear and retreat.
4 ) Make the enemy live up to his/her own book of rules.
5 ) Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
6 ) A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
7 ) A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
8 ) Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
9 ) The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
10 ) The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
11 ) If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
12 ) The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
13 ) Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.
As a friend of mine said “Seems like my BB gun is safe - for now!”
I remembered the rule, but not which number, there are probably a few versions floating about
I'm sure as shooting Not going to Buy a copy
This is a pistol that has a usable accurate range of 100yds +. This would be a blast to shoot and develop long range handgun skill with.
I cant see spending that kind of money on something that gives me a .224 caliber, 40 grain bullet with less stopping power than a 9mm
At 2800fps+ there is many times the energy behind a 9mm. Using the proper bullet (to utilize the energy on impact) this is a GREAT personal protection weapon. There is a reason the FN is the preferred sidearm of the Secret Service.