The Stupidest Thing on the Internet
June 16, 2016 17 Comments
I was going to pass up this story, it’s essentially published bullshit, but found enough commentary from others to at least make it funny. Yes, I know it’s not kind to point at others and laugh, but I’m inclined to think it’s alright when they take wrong information tie it together with lies and expect to convince anybody. Case in point, from The Victory Girls.
After firing the AR-15, NY Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman is terrified – of the gun
VG readers, it is hard to believe that any self-respecting person, much less someone who identifies as male, would actually publish a confessional like this: Firing an AR-15 is horrifying, menacing, and very very loud.
It feels like a bazooka — and sounds like a cannon.
Gersh Kuntzman, an award winning journalist at NY Daily Mail, is curious, and with all the talk about the big bad weapons of war in the news, he thought he should go try them out for himself.
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.
So that’s what drives him to the range – seeing how it would feel to be a murderer?
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.
All it takes is the will to do it.
Forty nine people can be gone in 60 seconds.
Hey, that’s why I go the range, don’t you?
But what old Gersh finds out is that it is the gun itself – not the person behind it – that terrifies him:
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).
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.
Ahhh, deep breath. Warning, readers, some profanity does follow.
Gersh, I have to speak to you directly. You are a complete moron. I have to question what “pistols” you’ve shot before. They were water pistols weren’t they?! Can’t have been more than a .22 for you to have such a big surprise upon shooting some real ammunition.
Via After firing the AR-15, NY Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman is terrified – of the gun. Do read the whole thing™, I laughed till I cried, and I also cried until I laughed. It’s that kind of story.
I’m like anybody else who grew up in the country, I started shooting as a kid, with a Daisy BB gun, and occasional lessons on Dad’s .410 bolt action shotgun, starting at, heck I don’t know, 7 maybe. Never could shoot that particular gun well, but did OK with the bolt action .22 I got for my 10th birthday. Being a responsible kid had its rewards, I also got a new (used) lawnmower. 🙂 Both were mine to use as I saw fit, to take care of, and to be responsible with. (The mower was actually far more dangerous in my hands than the rifle).
But .223 Remington that the AR 15 fires a very nice mild round, that’s why we all like it so much, it’s a perfect round, and the AR 15 itself, is nearly a perfect rifle for what I tend to call a ranch gun. The one we drag around with us out on the ranch, for snakes, coyotes, perhaps the occasional calf that has to be put down, whatever. Rather like the Winchester that our Grandfathers carried on the saddle, except it’s a lot tougher, and better in almost every way. Kind of like the Leatherman we also carry around.
For me, at least, it’s marginal for anything else, multiple rounds well, placed, will work, but you may or may not have time. That’s when it time to go what we used to call battle rifles, M1s, M1As, Springfields, and such. I find it interesting that all of those rifles, including the Winchester’s daddy, the Henry, started out with the US Army. They, unlike the AR 15, can bruise your shoulder, they can also get the job done on anything in North America. Yes, they’re fun too. But they cost more, are noisier, and more expensive (last I looked) to feed. And truthfully, in a semi rural setting, they’re likely more powerful than is warranted, albeit a whole lot better than nothing, but not what I’d buy for rural self-defense, either.
So maybe when whatshername up above gets her (child-size) knickers untwisted, (s)he can go back to reviewing frappes or whatever he does to supposedly justify his income. He sure has no insight to be sharing on the affairs of men.