Will the armchair action heroes *please* sit down???

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, and to an extent, every other mass shooting event, so called experts come out of the woodwork on both the left and the right, people who have zero experience with firearms of any type, people whose vast body of knowledge about firearms consists of repeated viewings of the Die Hard, Rambo, every Arnold Schwartzenegger movie ever made, and the like. These people have likely never touched a gun, but use their publicity to spew hateful, emotion packed, factually inaccurate, anti-gun screeds.

First up, you have Kai Penn, some kind of actor, who tweeted,

Americans killed on 9/11: 2,996
Days it took Congress to authorize war:3
Americans killed by guns in 2017: 11,652
Days in 2017 so far: 275

Aaron Cowan responded to this ridiculous tweet by saying

Wait, so you want to declare war on guns? Because after 9/11, we didn’t declare war on airplanes, we declared war on terrorists…

Not only that, but Kai Penn’s disingenuous tweet omits a number of facts. First, suicides by gun make up nearly 2/3 of all gun deaths in this country. So now we are down to about 3884 non-suicide gun deaths, 513 of which has happened in Chicago, whose ultra liberal city government has already declared war on guns (and how is that going for them?) They want to declare war on guns. But they haven’t declared war on cars to combat drunk drivers, who accounted for nearly 26,000 fatalities, more than six times the number of non-suicide fatalities by gun. They are also not recommending a truck ban, even though those have been used in multiple terrorist attacks, nor are they advocating banning silverware to stave off obesity.

Then you have Jessica Chastain who piped up saying that people wait 6 months for an X-ray, but 5 minutes for an AR-15. Come on, Jessica, hyperbole much? There is a reason that your movie, Miss Sloane was such an epic failure (grossed $3M on a $13M budget). Because your “bonk-bonk on the head” gun control message was not well received. We go to the movies to be entertained, not to be preached down to, especially on a subject on which you show your ignorance every time you open your mouth. Your job is to memorize lines, pretend to be someone you’re not, and amuse us. Stop trying to conflate this role with anything having to do with the real world.

And now, icing on the cake, you have Nancy Sinatra saying that members of the NRA should be lined up and shot by firing squad. Kind of a harsh punishment to be suggested by an obviously anti-gunner. I guess their arms would get tired if they tried to behead us all?

Can’t have an event like this without politicians trying to force their opinions on the “little people.” Hillary Clinton piped up the day after the attack and said

The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.

Then she blamed legal gun owners for the mass shooting. Oh, but as Judge Janine said, them on the left say not to blame Muslims for the actions of a few, but it is perfectly fine for them to blame legal gun owners for the actions of these mass shooters. In fact, during the Pulse shooting, the former worst mass shooting in American history, the left, in the same breath, blamed gun owners for the shooting and said not to blame Muslims for the actions of the shooter. Then her former running mate, Tim Kaine, doubled down on the silencer rhetoric from Clinton. Then he went on to say that we have “lost our minds” on gun policies. Well, the original gun policy is

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Londo Mollari on Babylon 5 once said

Londo Mollari: But this – this, this, this is like – being nibbled to death by, uh – Pah! What are those Earth creatures called? Feathers, long bill, webbed feet, go “quack”.
Vir Cotto: Cats.
Londo Mollari: Cats! I’m being nibbled to death by cats.

The left, for about the last 80 years has been nibbling at the edges of the second amendment, trying to take a larger and larger slice out of the gun rights of the American people. Thus, I would have to agree with Kaine that the gun laws are out of control. But my view is 180 degrees out of sync with his. The second amendment, as written is good. Adding on legislation including

  • the National Firearms Act (1934)
  • the Gun Control Act (1968)
  • the Firearms Owners Protection Act (1986)

is akin to being nibbled to death by cats. And, Tim, you are absolutely the wrong person to lecture us on guns. Wasn’t your son arrested as an Antifa terrorist? Sorry, Timmy, I’ll take my chances with a loaded gun, thank-you-very-much.

And both politicians called out “silencers.” It is not a silencer, it is a suppressor. Gunfire is approximately 150 dB in volume. That is the equivalent of being 25 meters from a jet taking off, and can rupture your eardrums. A suppressor, or “can” will reduce the sound pressure level by about 30 dB, or down to the sound level of a jack hammer, unlike the action hero silencer which changes the report of a supersonic round into a gentle “pfffft.”

And then you have various “experts” that are saying things like “former FBI agent” Manny Lopez, who said, on MSLSD, that “hunters use suppressors so that deer cannot hear the gunshot.” Really, Manny? What did you do at the FBI?

There is even misinformation on the right. Laura Ingraham, whose opinions I respect on things she knows about, said that “you can’t put a suppressor on an AR-15, it would melt the barrel.” While it is possible to destroy the barrel of an M-16, or any machine gun with automatic fire (most machine guns, which are designed for automatic fire, have quick-replace barrels, dating back to the German MG.42 from WWII), an AR-15/M-16 barrel would require nearly 1000 rounds to cause a catastrophic failure. Putting a can on an AR is possible. Rapid fire would tend to destroy the baffles, but not cause a premature failure of the barrel.

I ask all pundits to stop trying to appear as experts in areas in which you have zero knowledge, and to stop trying to emotionally load terms to get a knee-jerk response to push your agenda. If you want to learn about it, go to a range and see what it is all about. Hell, you might just find yourself enjoying it. And you will definitely see that firearms are about more than just being “killing machines.” And maybe, just maybe, you will be able to speak intelligently on the subject, or at least know when to keep your mouth shut.