It’s getting really embarrassing to be a liberal in the gun control debate these days. We get it. Guns are scary and a lot of people wish we could just pass a law to ban guns. But, it’s just not that simple. This is a complex issue. This kid in Florida was going to kill people and he was going to kill a lot of people. He could have done it in many different ways and this was the way he chose.
There are things we can do to make this kind of thing harder. We can make background checks even tougher. We can make sure the FBI does its job and doesn’t ignore credible threats. We can address the serious mental health issue we have in the country.
One thing that won’t make a difference is banning the AR-15.
But, according to the Los Angeles Times, all we have to do is ban that gun and our problems will be solved.
On February 19 the Los Angeles Times claimed that there would be no mass shooters if a “mass-shooting gun” like the AR-15 was banned.
The Timesclaimed Florida attacker Nickolas Cruz would not have been able to hurt or kill nearly as many people if he had been using a “six-shooter or pistol” instead of an AR-15. They tried to hedge their statement by limiting the pistol to “9 rounds,” which works out to ten rounds (counting one in the chamber), and has no bearing on the success of a mass public attacker.
The Breitbart piece goes on to explain what a ridiculous statement that is when you look at the history of mass shootings.
The LA Times piece also went on to say the following.
But the Times suggests mass shootings will stop if the U.S. bans a “mass shooting gun” like the AR-15. They also claim an AR-15 “is not a good hunting weapon.”
Saying the AR-15 isn’t a good hunting weapon is just flat out false.
“It’s the most capable tool for the job at this time,” said Eric Mayer, who runs AR15hunter.com. “Bar none. Period. It is.”
Perreira has lived on Kauai, the fourth-largest Hawaiian island, his entire life. For the last 15 years, the construction worker has hunted with the AR-15. Semiautomatic rifles have been used to hunt since the early 1900s. In 1963, a few years after the rifle was invented, Colt advertised the AR-15 as a “superb hunting partner.” (Colt confirmed to TIME the authenticity of this advertisement.) Today, Americans own at least a few million AR-15s and as many as eight million, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
The 45-year-old told TIME his favorite feature of the AR-15 is how easily it can be disassembled. The gun can be taken apart and carried several miles in a backpack through Kauai’s mountains to goat sanctuaries. “I know the rifle gets a really bad rap,” Perreira said. “But around here, I know a lot of guys that have them.”
A west Texas pig sighting is not a cute barnyard encounter; it’s a reason to grab a rifle. Across the southern United States, wild pigs cause $1.5 billion in annual property damage. Boar can weigh up to 300 pounds, run up to 30 miles per hour and in Jonathan Owen’s experience, quickly turn violent.
“You do not have to hunt with an AR-15,” Owen, an Abilene, Texas resident who runs SHWAT.com, told TIME. “But the practical benefits of being able to engage a lot of pigs at a time, safely, is a big win.” The semiautomatic and large capacity magazine features allow Owen to take several shots at multiple pigs in a few seconds. When engaging a pack of wild pigs in west-Texas’ shrubbery, Owen says these features ensure his safety.
That Time piece goes on and on and on.
Liberals really need to start paying attention.
This is getting really embarrassing.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]