Yeah, so it happened yet again. Another anti-gun zealot displayed his ignorance when talking about firearms. Well, it’s either extreme ignorance or a deliberate attempt to confuse the public by conflating semiautomatic rifles, like the widely popular and commonly owned AR-15, with fully automatic weapons like the military’s M16, which are prohibitively expensive and highly restricted NFA-regulated items.
Here’s what Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News had to say about the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, this past Sunday:
The flyers on the table feature a picture of a beautiful, smiling girl with a pink bow in her hair, with Christmas and her whole life ahead of her until Adam Lanza walked into her school on a Friday morning with an automatic weapon — the kind of gun we are told must be protected or the Second Amendment is turned into a dishrag — and started shooting.
Nope. Wrong! Adam Lanza did not have an “automatic” weapon. He had a semiautomatic rifle, a Bushmaster XM15-E2S, and a semiautomatic handgun, a Glock 20SF, according to investigators. No automatic weapon was used in the commission of that terrible tragedy. And gun grabbers wonder why we don’t take them seriously.
Some advice: Mr. Lupica, get your facts straight! Get to the range and get some firsthand experience with firearms. Know what it is you’re talking about before you start advising the rest of us on what firearms we should and shouldn’t have when it comes to protecting ourselves, our families and our property. Otherwise, you just look like an ignorant boob.
For more on this, Charles C.W. Cooke wrote a great response piece called “Why Gun-Control Advocates Lie About Guns.” Check it out.