It is simply amazing how so much of the mainstream media is pathologically averse to learning about the topics on which they report. While we probably shouldn’t expect a New York liberal to be well-versed in firearms, it’s amazing that so many seem thoroughly compelled to lecture those of us who are on the supposed dangers of these weapons they cannot or will not understand.
Similarly, as I know nothing about organic gardening, I promise to never lecture liberals on the “right” way to grow organic kale.
One such buffoon who felt compelled to weigh-in on the “dangers” of the AR15 is Gersh Kuntzman, a writer for the notoriously far-left New York Daily News.
Fun fact before we begin: though the left is committed to reporting their preferred (and erroneous) narrative, the gun used in Orlando was not an AR15 as originally reported.
Kuntzman travelled to a range to fire an AR15 to attempt to understand the appeal of the sporting rifle that is erroneously labeled an “assault weapon” by those who are disinclined to report accurately. After being turned down by several ranges who likely did not want to participate in the propaganda, Kuntzman found a perfect accomplice in Frank Stelmach of Double Tap Shooting Range and Gun Shop.
Stelmach, a former European policeman, fortified Kuntzman’s insane beliefs. The article details:
He admires his weaponry, yes, and has difficulty explaining why law-abiding citizens need a gun that can empty a 40-round clip in less than five seconds. But he also hates the idea that “bad people” get a hold of a gun like this and use it to kill without difficulty.
“There should be expanded background checks — extending into your family, friends and associates,” he said. “And there should be a mental health screening. In Europe, if you want to buy a gun, you have to see a doctor (for a psychiatric examination) to see if something’s not right.”
Problem #1: it’s not a “clip.” It’s a magazine and they come standard in 30 rounds, not 40. Does the NYDN not have fact-checkers?
Problem #2: an AR15, without modifications, cannot fire 30 or 40 rounds in five seconds. Each round requires the shooter to pull the trigger. Thus, the gun will only fire as fast as one can pull the trigger and typically, that’s not even close to the 30-40 range in 5 seconds. But hey, what do facts matter when one has a narrative to further?
The article then praises Stelmach’s pathetic and unconscionable position: (emphasis added)
He also said he never sells a gun to someone who “looks a little bit funny,” and he claimed he had prevented many guns from getting into the wrong hands because the would-be purchaser “asked stupid questions” like, “What happens to me if the gun is stolen?”
But very few gun shop owners do anything close to Stelmach’s sniff test — and he acknowledged how easy it is to find another gun shop owner willing to make the sale.
Very easy. In fact, as Philadelphia Daily News columnist Helen Ubinas showed today, you can get a military weapon in seven minutes in this country.
Problem #3: in America, a baker politely refuses to cater a homosexual wedding and it’s a civil rights crisis. A gunshop owner denies people their constitutional rights because they look “a little bit funny” and he’s a solemn gun control hero of personal responsibility. Sounds about right.
Problem #4: the AR15 is not a “military weapon.” It never has been. It has never been adopted by any military service in the world.
The most-laughable part of Kuntzman’s beta-male whinings come when he actually fires the weapon. (WARNING: Be prepared to scoff and laugh).
The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.
Even in semi-automatic mode, it is very simple to squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened. In fully automatic mode, it doesn’t take any imagination to see dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel.
I’m not sure where to begin, so I’ll just jump right in…
- The AR15 is equipped with a recoil spring in the buffer tube. Thus, the energy from the fired round is absorbed by the spring and leaves the shoulder so undisturbed that an infant would feel no discomfort from it.
- The brass casings do not fly by one’s face. The AR15 has a side ejection port that flings the spent casing out the side and away from the shooter.
- The rounds are loud by anyone’s definition. However, if a civilian is encountering PTSD from firing a rifle on a nice, safe range, he is in desperate need of a testosterone boost and a set of cojones.
- “Even in semi-automatic mode” is a pathetic attempt to confuse the reader. The AR15 is only available as a semi-automatic. It has two settings- and only two settings: “safety” and “semi-automatic.” AR15s are not produced as full-auto weapons. If the weapon Kuntzman fired was a full-auto weapon, he did not fire an AR15 and his reporting makes about as much sense as claiming to test drive a Civic but actually test driving a Ferrari.
This is fairly standard in America. The mainstream media is seething with eunuchs like Kuntzman who feel compelled to detail and wallow in their self-righteous ignorance that they attempt to pass-off as liberal enlightenment.
What this whiny, pathetic propagandist should do in the future is refrain from speaking on topics about which he knows absolutely nothing or otherwise educate himself.
As for the editors of the New York Daily News, I expected better (even from a third-rate leftist rag with readership numbers roughly equivalent to the disclaimer section in a DVD manual.)