Friday, January 18, 2013

Their ignorance has no excuse

So one wonders if it is motivated by malice.  Easy enough to find out the facts if you really want to know them.

Congressman Adam Smith, Democrat, Washington on the radio today stated that he was by no means a gun expert.  Then he came out with this gem.

"Assault weapons fire faster, are more powerful, and are more deadly than other rifles.  That is not open to question."

There is not one single true thing in that statement.  Leaving aside the idiotic definition of cosmetic features making a rifle an "assault weapon", assault weapons fire at the exact same rate as any other semi-automatic firearm (once each time you pull the trigger).

They have the same power as any other rifle chambered in the same cartridge (for example the AR-15 is chambered in 5.56mm (.223 which is one of the most popular cartridges in the United States).

They are no more deadly than any other rifle chambered in the same caliber since it is caliber and rate of fire that make a rifle deadly.

So why are they anti-gunners misrepresenting this kind of rifle?  Well one, they want to ban all firearms, much like they did in England and they are working on in Australia.  Two, they think of this as a bargaining chip.  Smith stated that, later in the interview.  He would be willing to drop pushing the assault weapon ban if only we would be willing to support a raft of other "common sense" legislation, which includes, of course, a ban on magazines with more than some to-be-determined capacity.  Since that proposal is about as pointless as an assault weapons ban, why would we bargain away anything?


3 comments:

The Conservative Sociologist said...

Honestly, I don't think they care to understand. They have an agenda and their goal is to fulfill it.

Sometimes I think (in conspiracy fashion) the Obama administration wants to disarm us due to financial concerns. If our currency does go under or any other type of economic trouble arises, there's nothing we'd be able to do about it, at least that our 2nd Amendment rights ensure. We'd have no choice but to be compliant and the government wouldn't have to worry about the people at all.

heresolong said...

If that's a conspiracy theory, then you are in good company.

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed;" Noah Webster

"[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. " Tenche Cox

"[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms" Richard Henry Lee

" nothing will preserve (the public liberty) but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." Patrick Henry

aurictech said...

He would be willing to drop pushing the assault weapon ban if only we would be willing to support a raft of other "common sense" legislation, which includes, of course, a ban on magazines with more than some to-be-determined capacity.

I'm more than happy to consider such legislation. In fact, I'll do so while I go put my laundry in the dryer. Back shortly!

~about five minutes later~

All right, I've given Congresscritter Smith's proposal all the consideration it deserves, and I've come to the following conclusion:

Congresscritter Smith can go autofornicate, and I cordially invite him to do so.