The amount of stupid in this ‘article’ in the NY Daily News deserves a fisking and since I will not disturb the ILoH from his writings, I have decided to address it myself.
The mashed words from the special snowflake are normal, my comments in bold.
It feels like a bazooka — and sounds like a cannon.
You’ve obviously never touched or fired either. Both are bigger and louder.
One day after 49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting, I traveled to Philadelphia to better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons and, hopefully, explain their appeal to gun lovers.
Except you didn’t get your hands on a “military-style assault weapon”, you got your hands on a standard, semi-automatic rifle that only cosmetically resembles a military rifle.
But mostly, I was just terrified.
Why am I not surprised by this?
Many gun shops turned down our request to fire and discuss the AR-15, a style of semi-automatic rifle popular with mass killers such as San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook and similar to the Sig Sauer MCX rifle used by Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen.
Right, because why should they be part of your article when the best they could expect is that their words would be twisted to suit your needs? I mean it’s not like you’re Katie Couric, right?
But Frank Stelmach of Double Tap Shooting Range and Gun Shop invited me, videographer Michael Sheridan and reporter Adam Shrier to come down. Stelmach is not like many gun lovers. 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.
Uh-huh, so your found a guy who conforms to your narrative. And sure, you can empty a 40 round MAGAZINE as fast as you can pull the trigger, but you can do the same with a 30 round, 20 round, 10 round or even an 8 or 6 round MAGAZINE.
The illusion presented by the anti-gunners is that if magazine size is restricted that will somehow stop criminals because they won’t know how to reload or some such nonsense.
“Well, it will slow them down!”
No, it won’t. Reloading can be done in less than two seconds with just a little bit of practice. Like almost every gun control law, it’s a feel good measure that does nothing to actually protect people.
“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.”
Because, you know, exercising a Constitutional right should require a screening process. So when are you going to get your mental health check so that you can work in an industry that tries to influence the population at large?
I mean, really. We should know what your mental health status is before you are allowed to publicly speak. We should also do a background on your friends, we need to know if they are influencing your opinions.
Also, we are not Europe. We actually try and value REAL freedom here, and that includes the freedom to defend yourself without having to justify to the government why you want to do that.
Stelmach, who opened his shop six years ago after a career in law enforcement in Europe, even calls for government officials to take away guns from some owners — something very few gun advocates support.
So, someone from Europe. I have no problem with where he is from, but he comes from a culture of government control of almost everything, including the press, and you are going to use him as an example of ‘common sense’ in the gun industry?
Sure he’s for strict gun control, that’s the environment he comes from. I have seen it over and over again with friends who are not from the US. They think that people should not be able to defend themselves, that we should all wait for the police to arrive because “That’s their job” while not understanding that the police cannot be everywhere all the time and until they DO arrive it’s your job to protect yourself.
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?”
Gosh, how dare a new gun buyer ask questions. He must love what he does because it allows him to deny someone a basic right of self defense, and he gets to be smug about it too.
Instead of educating his customers he goes full Soup Nazi on them for not being smart enough for him. Instead of suggesting and educating about safely storing firearms he just shows them how stupid he thinks they are.
This guy isn’t a gun store owners, he’s a jackass who is selling guns because he probably makes a pretty tidy profit off of them because of where he is.
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.
Right, because they aren’t self righteous assholes like your guy. They probably even help out new shooters and talk about gun safety and storage too.
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.
Except, you can’t. Military weapons are fully automatic. What you bought was a semi-automatic rifle that only has a visual resemblance to a military rifle.
Also, if you pass your background check, which can be done instantly through the magic of computers why shouldn’t you be able to make the purchase right then? The background check verifies that you don’t have a criminal record so if you aren’t a criminal what is the problem?
Oh, you just don’t think people should have guns in the first place.
He loves the AR-15 for cops, soldiers, hunters and target shooters. “It’s fun to shoot something like that,” he said.
Not in my hands. I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).
Explosion of firepower? Really? I’ve fired an AR-15 multiple times and can safely say that a shotgun is louder, a .308 is louder and a cannon/bazooka is louder.
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.
Let’s look at this. The recoil BRUISED his shoulder? A rifle that has a recoil low enough that a nine year old can fire it without any trouble and it physically injured him. Maybe shooting isn’t for you if your getting beaten up by a light weight round like that.
Oh, and thank you for the whole PTSD thing. Because, you know, people who really DO have PTSD deserve to be compared to your bullshit version. They actually suffered through something, you had brass fly past you. Also, how did it “fly past your face”? The rifle would have been on your right side and the ejection port is on the right side? It would have already been past your face when it was ejected?
Methinks you are a lying sack of shit.
You know, I’m now positive shooting isn’t for you. Neither is adulthood. Were you also traumatized when your non-fat latte didn’t come with extra foam like you asked for?
I think your natural state is anxious and irritable. Maybe you should get laid sometime. It might help with that.
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.
Except the rifle you are able to buy is semi-automatic only because a fully automatic one requires special licensing and is restricted by the ATF.
But let’s not let facts get in the way of some piss poor yellow journalism.
All it takes is the will to do it.
Oh, dramatic statement.
Forty nine people can be gone in 60 seconds.
Yet we offer real solutions while you offer BS articles and feel good garbage that would actually not stop any criminal at all.
We offer training. What have you got?
Seems that the gun shop in question is disputing the quotes that are in the article.
From their post:
“I can assure everyone that we do not support mental health screenings like they do in Europe and we don’t think that government officials should take away guns from people as it was portrayed in the article. Currently we are doing everything we can to take this article down because after reading it we are just as disgusted about it as all of you are.”
Guess the gutless wonder that can’t handle an AR-15 without getting PSTD from flying brass is a liar and does think he is Katie Couric.
Rot in hell you POS.