Skip to comments.We’ve Always Had Access To Military Firearms
Posted on 01/03/2013 9:02:11 AM PST by Nachum
From a NYT Editorial:
Bushmasters are by no means the only assault weapons of choice among mass killers (the Aurora shooter used a Smith & Wesson), but the brands repeated presence in murderous incidents reflects Bushmasters enormous popularity in the gun world, the result of a successful marketing campaign aimed at putting military firepower and machismo in the hands of civilians. Gun owners once talked about the need for personal protection and sport hunting, but out-of-control ad campaigns like Bushmasters have replaced revolvers and shotguns with highly lethal paramilitary fantasies.
The guns, some of which come in camouflage and desert khaki, bristle with features useful only to an infantry soldier or a special-forces operative. A flash suppressor on the end of a barrel makes it possible to shoot at night without a blinding flare. Quick-change magazines let troops reload easily. Barrel shrouds allow precise control without fear of burns from a muzzle that grows hot after multiple rounds are fired. But now anyone can own these guns, and millions are in civilian hands.
There is an allure to this weapon that makes it unusually attractive, Scott Knight, former chairman of the International Chiefs of Police Firearms Committee, told USA Today, speaking of the Bushmaster rifles. The way it looks, the way it handles it screams assault weapon.
The companys catalog and ads show soldiers moving on patrol through jungles, Bushmasters at the ready. When you need to perform under pressure, Bushmaster delivers, says the advertising copy, superimposed over the silhouette of a soldier holding his helmet against the backdrop of an American flag. Forces of opposition, bow down. You are single-handedly outnumbered, said a 2010 catalog, peddling an assault rifle billed as the ultimate military combat weapons system. (Available to anyone for $2,500.)
In case that message was too subtle, the company appealed directly to the male egos of its most likely customers. Consider your man card reissued, said one Bushmaster campaign (pulled off the Web after the Newtown shooting), next to a photo of a carbine. If its good enough for the professional, its good enough for you.
The effect of these marketing campaigns on fragile minds is all too obvious, allowing deadly power in the wrong hands. But given their financial success, gun makers have apparently decided that the risk of an occasional massacre is part of the cost of doing business.
What a silly, puerile commentary. Notice the use of effeminate, emotional prose: male egos, machismo, out-of-control, bristle, and the fear-inducing screams assault weapon. Oh, and we mustnt forget the shoulder-shrugging issue of the occasional massacre, either.
The NYT says that shooters were once interested in self defense (as if were not now concerned about that very thing), but apparently those writers who live in their protected bubbles and ride in limousines to work arent aware that the trend in home invasions is for the criminals to utilize multi-man teams to terrorize, steal, rape, torture and kill their victims. Perhaps the editors should read the news. High capacity magazines, indeed. Anyone who is responding to such an event wants everything they can get for self protection.
But the best sentence of the commentary is this one: But now anyone can own these guns, and millions are in civilian hands. The editorial staff should do their history homework, or maybe read a little bit. The M1 Carbine used a high capacity magazine with a low to moderate recoil cartridge. And it has been around and used by the military since 1942, and used by the civilian population since right after World War II. I recently purchased one myself, a new rifle from Auto Ordnance.
We (American citizens) have always had access to military firearms. The ready availability of firearms isnt new. Neither, for that matter, is acts of terror against school children (see Bath School Disaster). What is new is American fascists blaming firearms owners for such events. Assault Weapon Ban,Firearms Tags: New York Times Gun Control
These rifles will never see the light of “Government Day”......not even. They survived 70 years of abuse and still ticking. Their former masters will never get their hands on them.
“To my liberal friends and those in government... does this scare you?”
It’s all political capital to them.
If I had a M1 Carbine it would be my rifle of choice for home defense.
It’s bad enough to be frightened of a black gun...but a camo gun is the very essence of fear.
I looked up the number of people killed by all rifles combined- in 2010 it was 353, and 1700 people got stabbed to death, and 750 was “hands and feet (including pushing)”.
Amazing gun, the M1...But very very heavy. :)
American civilians have always been better armed than the military up until about 1932.
When the army used a flintlock musket, civilians used super accurate flintlock rifles.
When the Army adopted a flintlock rifle, civilians were using sure fire percussion rifles.
When the army adopted a percussion rifle, civilians were using breach loading rifles.
When the army adopted a single shot breach loading rifle, civilians were using rapid fire Henry and Winchester lever action, bolt action and slide action rifles.
When the Army adopted a good bolt action 5 shot rifle, civilians were using the first semi-auto rifles and experimenting with full auto rifles.
When the Army adopted a semi-auto rifle civilians had their full auto rights taken from them.
In all those years the army never felt “outgunned” by the civilians.
I would love to have some variant of the Metalstorm system developed in Australia some years ago.
It basically involves stacked projectiles in almost any caliber in single or multiple barrels. The rounds are stacked atop each other, the barrel is made to allow an electrical charge to fire the rounds.
These are fired electrically either singly or in any other combination, or all at once.
My M1A is heavy, much more than the Ar15, but then I just bulked myself up to the rifle.
I’ve seen some YouTubes of folks who made home-made firestorm type weapons.
The rifle pictured is NOT an “assault weapon”.
It does not have the necessary count of offending features to make it an “assault weapon” according to the 1994 law.
Interior home defense is best served with a 12 gauge pump (short barrel), #3 buck or 4 shot with a handgun as backup. The rifle becomes primary weapon for outdoors and from inside structure to outdoors and with adequate field of fire established so you can see them coming. Hence why you should have some of each flavor :)
whoa...should be eligible for a Fed energy grant.
The M1 rifle (also known as the M1 Garand) is a different matter. It shoots a full power cartridge--the 30-06--and is quite a bit heftier. It uses an eight round en bloc clip.
The M1A is Springfield Armory's designation for their semi-auto version of the M14. It has a detachable box magazine and fires the 7.62x51 NATO cartridge, which is shorter and perhaps 5 to 10% less powerful that the 30-06.
My bad, I was thinking Garand vs. Carbine. :)