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Twelve people are gunned down and 70 are wounded in a movie theater in Colorado, gun nuts scream about their rights to own whatever kind of weapon they want and rush out to buy assault rifles and high capacity magazines; Twenty-six people, including 20 first graders, are massacred in an elementary school in Connecticut, the same gun nuts become hysterical about their Second Amendment rights and start throwing around words like “revolution”.
The United States Attorney General says under “an extraordinary circumstance” the government might use drone strikes against its own citizens on U.S. soil, and now suddenly the exact same whack jobs are anxious about enacting legislation concerning what weapons can and cannot be used in the United States.
It seems the right for people to own weapons capable of murdering 20 six and seven-year-olds in a matter of minutes is OK, but targeting domestic terrorists is an outrage? Both are offensive and wrong, it’s time for Republicans, Libertarians and Tea Party types to pull their heads out of their collective fourth point of contact, to grow up and start acting like adults. The Constitution no more guarantees your right to own assault rifles and high capacity magazines than it provides for the Federal Government to target citizens to a blazing death from above.
The next time a right-wing fringe-type tries to claim the XM-15 Bushmaster isn’t a dangerous assault weapon share the following information:
Length 39.63 in / 38.25 in
Weight 8 pounds, 13 oz / 8.27 pounds
Gas system Direct Impingement / Direct Impingement
Maximum Range 3,600 meters / 3,534 meters
Maximum Effective Range 550 meters / 550 meters
Muzzle Velocity 3,100 feet per second / 3,260 feet per second
Rate of Fire (Semiauto) 45 rounds per minute / 45 rounds per minute
Rate of Fire (Burst) 90 rounds per minute / N/A
Magazine capacity 30 round magazine / 30 round magazine
Ammunition 5.56 mm / 5.56 mm
Specs were taken from the Army manual for the M-16 A2 and from the Bushmaster manual for the XM-15
The XM-15 is as much an assault weapon as the M-16 A2, and this is the time for serious discussion on gun control, and it’s going to require serious people; if all the right-wing fringe can offer is fantasy comparisons perhaps they should keep their mouths shut; I’ve no more patience for moronic diatribes. If one of those dead first graders was their child or grand-child I don’t think they’d be so flippant.
According to NBC News, Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopeful Willard Mitt Romney said during an interview that many of the weapons obtained by the shooting suspect in Colorado were obtained illegally and changing laws won’t prevent gun-related tragedies.
“This person shouldn’t have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already. But he had them,” Willard mewed during the interview. “And so we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won’t.”
Alleged shooter James Holmes broke no laws when he purchased an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and Glock handgun, and he passed the required background checks.
NBC News anchor Brian Williams asked Willard about when he – as governor of Massachusetts – signed a bill banning some assault weapons like the type Holmes is alleged to have used. When he signed the ban, Romney described such guns as “instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”
Asked if he stood by those comments today, Willard avoided answering the question directly misdirecting by saying he didn’t think current laws needed to change.
“I don’t happen to believe that America needs new gun laws. A lot of what this … young man did was clearly against the law. But the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening,” he said.
So, first Willard misspeaks by claiming Holmes purchased the guns he used illegally – which was wrong, and second he obfuscates when asked about the gun ban law he signed while governor; standard operating procedure (SOP) for Romney, screw up the facts and misdirect if you can somehow be embarrassed by something; both all so presidential.