In the wake of the Orlando shooting a guy named Gersh Kuntzmn, who writes for the NY Daily News, decided to go try out an AR-15 (despite the fact that Omar Mateen didn't use one, the AR-15 is well known and sounds scary) and report back his findings. His essay, What is it like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, menacing and very very loud, was the most ridiculous, over the top nonsense I have ever read. Here are some choice samples:
Not in my hands. 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, which can happen if you don't know what you're doing. 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.
I am sure that all sounds reasonable to people living in New York City. As you might expect, Kuntzman got just eviscerated on the internet by people who own and shoot guns like the AR-15 and lots of them questioned his manliness. Me included. As an example, the Federalist published an article with this hilarious title: If Firing An AR-15 Scares You, Maybe You’re A Sissy. Exactly. I own a semi-auto rifle in .223 and it does make a lot of racket when you shoot it and it does recoil a little bit, like every other long gun ever made besides a BB gun, but it is far from terrifying. Shoot a real large caliber gun like the .300 Winchester Magnum and then talk to me about noise and recoil.
So then he goes back for more abuse and seems to wear his milquetoast personality like a badge of honor in another essay with a similarly hyperbolic title: To gun lovers, you can't even have an opinion on assault rifles — unless it's theirs. He then claims: Here's the proof. What proof you might ask? Apparently he got a lot of emails and posted the ones that hurt his feelings the most. But never fear, our brave correspondent has not yet begun to exaggerate ( emphasis mine)!
Yes, this weapon scared the crap out of me. And it should scare the crap out of all of you, too. An AR-15 is a weapon of mass destruction, a tool that should only be in the hands of our soldiers and cops, as Rep. Seth Moulton wrote in the Daily News on Tuesday. I don't think there's anything unmanly about pointing out this fact.
This is what passes for "journalism" when it comes to gun control. I am sure that Gersh gets lots of sympathy at fabulous parties in Manhattan from people sipping white wine and shaking their heads at how dangerous those people who don't like in cities are. Ironically out in the suburbs and rural America where most American gun owners presumably live, you are in virtually no danger of getting shot by a firearm of any sort while in big cities like New York, populated by girlie-men who are willingly disarmed, murder by gunfire is common place. Already this weekend the war zone/gun free zone known as Chicago has had 18 shootings, 6 fatal. Gun control, working as intended. I like that Kuntzman is fine with government employees carrying scary "assault rifles" but not the average, law abiding citizen. That comment tells you all you need to know about how different the two Americas we live in really are.
For final comedy relief, here is a seven year old girl shooting an AR-15 and she doesn't seem to suffer from temporary PTSD. Seriously, if I were Gersh Kuntzman I would never write about guns again.