In light of the Orlando nightclub shooting, Gersh Kuntzman with the NY Daily News went to a gun range to fire an AR-15 for the very first time, and now his description of the experience has left gun owners rolling in laughter. A few choice quotes from the article include:
It felt to me like a bazooka — and sounded like a cannon…But mostly, I was just terrified…
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 form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable…
He has since apologized for likening his anxiety to PTSD, but that didn’t stop gun owners from tearing into him in the comment section. In a follow-up article, he revealed that commenters started posting videos of children firing the AR-15, and having a blast. But mostly they just called him a pansy in a variety of colorful ways.
“I have never subscribed to the idea of ‘gender confusion,’ but after reading your article on the AR-15, I’m a believer…”
“If you have a man card turn it in immediately. You might be better served writing about feminine hygiene products!!!”
“Maybe you can get some balls through Obamacare!”
He then goes on to call the AR-15 a weapon of mass destruction, says the NRA is a bully for silencing opponents and violating their first amendment rights, and embraces being a wimp if “masculinity is defined by the power to commit violence on a wide scale”
And that’s infinitely more egregious than being a sissy around guns. There’s nothing inherent wrong with that, and guns aren’t for everyone. But in the end, Kuntzman doesn’t just reveal that he’s afraid of firearms. He also has some genuinely dumb opinions on the gun debate.
Saying that the NRA is violating the free speech of their opponents is just plain laughable. Pardon the pun, but they’re not putting a gun to anyone’s head. And an AR-15 is definitely not a weapon of mass destruction. Not by a long shot.
And like a typical liberal, he also reveals that he doesn’t have a firm grasp on the meaning of the Second Amendment. He goes on to claim that he supports the right to bear arms, but only if that right is strictly regulated, as in a “well-regulated” militia. But that term doesn’t refer to regulations.It’s original meaning is synonymous with “functional.” The Second Amendment simply recognizes that a functional and well-trained militia, made up of the people, is necessary to our security and freedom, and that’s not possible unless the people are armed with weapons that are appropriate for that task.
Listen, if you don’t like the Second Amendment then that’s totally fair, but if you don’t know what you’re talking about then maybe you don’t have any business joining the debate. You have every right to of course, but you’ll only sound like a fool.
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.