The post “F*** you, I like guns.” inadvertently proves my point. Politicians and the media have repeated their lies and misrepresentations so often that people take them as fact without checking for themselves.
The author of this post starts out by admitting that it’s title was intentionally misleading so she could trick conservatives to read it. Taking a page from politicians and the media, lying is an appropriate start for this emotional diatribe misrepresenting facts and absent logic.
School shootings “happen every 60 hours”.
- School shootings are a subset of “Mass Shootings”. Mass shootings are more like 5 in an entire year. How can that be? Surly politicians and media wouldn’t lie – would they?
In 2015, mass media and politicians declared there had been “355 mass shootings this year” or “more than one mass shooting per day.” There had in fact been four if you count what most people consider – when a deranged person walks in and shoots a bunch of innocent people. There were six using the federal government’s current criteria—three or more victims killed in an indiscriminate public rampage.
The larger number includes such things as “a 1 a.m. gang fight in a Sacramento restaurant, in which two were killed and two injured.” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/12/no-there-were-not-355-mass-shootings-this-year/.
Are gang fights what you think of when the media headlines say “Mass Shooting”? Not me, and not most people. Oh, and by the way, while you are contemplating the impact of new gun laws, virtually all of the guns used in gang fights are used in violation of existing laws.
“… M-4’s, which are, for all practical purposes, an AR-15, just with a ‘few extra features’ that people almost never use anyway.”
- The “few extra features” on the M4 missing from the AR 15 include, full auto capability, 14.5 inch barrel that has cuts to allow mounting of an m203 grenade launcher.
True, I almost never rake my gun range with full automatic fire and a grenade launcher, but her wording is either lack of knowledge or an attempt at deception.
- Fully automatic weapons are already illegal.
- The AR15 is not fully automatic.
It is semi-automatic, meaning you have to pull the trigger each time you shoot. Some are no doubt saying well, if the AR15 is semi-automatic then ban all semi-automatic guns. They are all scary.
That would include about 80% of the 200 million legal hobby and self defense guns in the U.S. including my Ruger LC9 (affectionately called “Lucy”).
(I know the black steel is scary, but they also come in pink and teal.)
Mostly, the author opines that we should ban AR15’s because “nobody needs one”. Let me know when you find another law starting with the preamble “Because nobody needs one…”
Certainly, nobody needs a cigarette, yet according to the CDC, in the U.S. cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths a year, including 41K from secondhand smoke. In addition, 16 million Americans live with a serious illness caused by smoking.” https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm
Deaths from secondhand smoking are about four times
more than the deaths from guns – ten times if you exclude suicides.
Why aren’t politicians and media lighting up over that?
I understand that even five mass shootings are too much. So, let’s try some practical targeted solutions rather than firing wildly in a panicked attempt to “do something“.
On the other hand, if someone feels that guns should be banned because they are ugly and scary, fine. They are entitled to an opinion. Just say so. That is the way I feel about Amy Schumer and Rosie O’Donnell.
Footnote: At first I thought this post might be a spoof, but no, it appears that Anastasia Bernoulli is a real person and self-described millennial. I slogged through some of her stream of unconsciousness posts to get a feel for who she was. You can check for yourself, but I found this quote about her parents to be illuminating:
“My parents were no help at all, and every month when they shook me down (emphasis mine) for my share of the car insurance and cell phone bill (I stayed on their plans for the first year after I moved out, but was expected to pay them for my share of it)…”
Young teenagers sometimes think their parents don’t “get” them, but it appears that she is mid-thirty-something. What a terrible injustice that after she left home, her parents “extorted” her into paying her own cell phone bill and share of the car insurance (on the car they gave her). She is very upset that her parents, her ex-husband and the government have not sufficiently supported her. Poor baby.