Okay, I’ll admit it. Emma Gonzalez really pisses me off. A friend of mine had a button once that said
Kids! Tired of listening to your stupid parents? Get out, get your own place and get a job. Do it now, while you still know everything.
Emma Gonzalez, like David Hogg, is always speaking from a place of sanctimonious self-righteousness based on complete ignorance…And stage managed by adults who, like them, are devoid of facts in the discussion. They then proceed to argue passionately based on the emotions of the subject. Here are a few things that Gonzales said…
It’s just cheaper to take away the guns that aren’t imperative to living in America. You don’t need an AR-15 to protect yourself in bed from a robber at night.
First of all, made you to be the supreme arbiter of weapons needs in America? You can’t differentiate between weapon types (revolver, semi-automatic, automatic, etc), you have already disqualified yourself as an expert witness. So why are you qualified to make the determination what weapon I need for self defense? And is it “cheaper” to take them away from everyone, when, by far, the number of defensive uses of the AR and AK platforms far, far outweigh their nefarious uses. The problem is that the media disingenuously plasters a single shooting all over the news for weeks, while defensive uses go unmentioned. And you are part of the problem, because you and your ilk are guilty of politicizing you and your handlers’ political agenda. You know, “never let a tragedy go to waste”? Here are just a few examples of where an AR-15 was successfully used for home defense:
- Oklahoma Man Uses AR-15 to Kill Three Teen Home Intruders
- New York Student Uses AR-15 to Stop Home Invasion
- Deputies: 30 rounds fired from AR-15 in deadly Florida home invasion
- Defensive Use of AR-15, Man Kills Two, Wounds One Attacker
Please note that in every one of the articles, there were more than one armed perpetrator, not a single robber. In fact, in the third article, the Florida home invasion, seven individuals broke in. And in the fourth, it was a drive-by shooting. Since miss Gonzalez feels that all semi-automatics should be banned and confiscated, that means you would be facing seven guys with a six shooter. Your chances of survival go down in a case like that. But by her logic, if you have to survive by owning an AR-15, you don’t deserve to survive. She went on to say:
You don’t need an AR-15 to have fun at a shooting range. Go join the Army if you want to have fun shooting off a weapon, and serve your f**king country. Excuse my language.
She uses that phrase “you don’t need” an awful lot. Again, who are you to make decisions for me? I happen to find shooting an enjoyable pastime, and I am not going to stop just because it makes you feel uncomfortable. And, missy, I did serve my country. But I bet you aren’t willing to give veterans a pass for that. You will come up with some other excuse, maybe PTSD, as a reason to disqualify us from owning my rifle, even though we are the most qualified to use them.
Finally, and since I have covered this point before, I will only touch on it. Last month, she said
Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.
Point 1: You don’t even know the difference between semi-automatic and automatic weapons. The AR-15 functions in the same way as most handguns on the market. One trigger squeeze sends one bullet downrange. As opposed to a burst mode, which fires a certain number of rounds per trigger pull, 3 or 5 for example, or fully automatic, in which each trigger pull continues to fire until a) you release the trigger, b) the weapon runs out of ammunition, or c) some mechanical failure (like overheating) keeps it from continuing. You would know this if you had ever gone to a range or taken a gun safety course yourself.
Point 2: You cannot arbitrarily and unilaterally decide to take guns away. Neither can Congress or the President. It is illegal. There is this document of laws in this country called the Constitution of the United States. In this document, there is a law called the Second Amendment, which gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms. So no matter how much you want to, how much you grit your teeth and stamp your feet and hold your breath, you can’t just magically make them disappear. Unfortunately, there are many in Congress who have as shallow a grasp on civics as you do, who think that they can impose a mandatory gun buyback and then prosecute anyone who doesn’t play along.
Point 3: Background checks will not work. You say background checks as if they were some magic talisman. The shooter at your own school should have had a background check to get a gun.
Point 4: Banning the production of high capacity magazines? I know I have said it before, but the fact that all of these people are reading from the same copybook. I shouldn’t have to repeat myself, but the AR-15/M-16 has been shipping with 30 round magazines for coming up on 50 years. That makes them standard capacity magazines. In addition, the school shooter in your school was using 10 round magazines, because that is all that would fit in his backpack.
If you look at guidance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), their documentation says:
In paragraph 3.1 under requirements and testing standards we read…
DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.
Isn’t that inconvenient for the gun control politicians? In requirement paragraph 3.9.10, they find a need for a 30-round magazine.
The action shall be capable of accepting all standard NATO STANAG 20 and 30 round M16 magazines (NSN 1005-00-921-5004) and Magpul 30 round PMAG (NSN 1005-01-576-5159). The magazine well shall be designed to allow easy insertion of a magazine.
All of the things that make an AR-15 useful to the Department of Homeland Security make them exceptionally useful for home defense. The AR-15 rifles that are available to ordinary citizens are not select fire. They have most of the same valuable qualities desired by the DHS.
So, as usual, the Parkland kids, at the behest of their handlers, are talking out of their collective kiesters about subjects they know zip about. You are embarrassing yourself with your prolonged temper tantrum. School shootings subsequent to yours have proven over and over again that a good guy with a gun trumps all of the legislation in the world. And if your school resource officer had not been a coward, and if your sheriff had not been incompetent, perhaps most or all of your classmates would still be alive.