I really have a hard time having a good conversation with anti-gun people. I don’t have an issue because of our differences. I have an issue because the leadership of the anti-gun movement is so completely ignorant on the topic, and their ignorance is reflected by their followers. The followers of these ignorant leaders believe what they hear because of their confirmation bias, but also because they are ignorant on the issue as well. The issue, in a nut shell, is that members of the anti-gun movement, in their ignorance of firearms, believe that:
- They know what is best for everyone else.
- Their opinion is worth just as much as everyone else’s.
- Rural citizens and urban citizens have the same needs.
- Women, and other smaller, weaker, and slower people do not need force multiplier tools to defend themselves and their loved ones from those that are bigger, stronger, faster, and often more numerous attacker. I guess the potential victim just needs to suck it up and be a victim.
- They can separate bad guns from good guns and that they can help bring about change by banning certain guns even though many options, mostly more powerful firearms, would still be available.
- New laws will be honored by evil doers even though they have broken many laws, already.
- New laws need to be “tried” to see if they will help, even though there is no logic to the new laws.
Many people think their opinion is valid, when it isn’t. I feel that I entitled to have an opinion, and expect others to listen to it, as my opinion is based on being an expert in the field. The opinion of typical anti-gun proponents are anywhere close to being on equal footing unless they posses the following:
Education at a high level: For example, a deep understanding of energy and ballistics, proper loading, unloading, and malfunction clearing procedures, use of cover and concealment, and the laws of the land as well as local laws. There is more to being an expert, but that is a good start to what is needed. For example, I hear all of the anti AR-15 crap, as somehow, people believe that they are high powered weapons of war and are killing machines. If somebody is educated on the topic, they would know that the energy of an AR-15 round is one of the lowest of all rifles in production, today, and that every hunting rifle in the world is more powerful. Feinstein, she believes she is an expert, but here is just one example of her violating multiple gun safety rules by having her finger on the trigger, and pointing a firearm at several people.
- Training by national, or internationally, recognized experts in the field. Please note, police and military training are not the same as defensive gun training in a civilian environment as each uses different tactics and rules of engagement. Training includes handling techniques, proper equipment, care and maintenance in the field, and how to deploy the firearm in difference circumstances. Training also includes individual tactics and movement along with training on awareness. Training with firearms builds automaticity, and teaches the pros and cons of each tactic in different situations as well as the differences when engaging different threats from common street criminals to home invaders and terrorists.
- Experience, which is the hardest of all to achieve, in using the tactics, implementing the procedures and processes in multiple environments and weather conditions, and working with others in the field to further your abilities and to coach them in improving theirs. There are those that have been in combat, and have known the loss of brethren, or even have suffered grievous wounds, and there are those that say ignorant things like, “I have talked to combat vets and they say…” without knowing that combat vets do not tell people the reality of combat and don’t care to discuss it, except with their peers. Besides that, you don’t get experience from talking to others.
Many people may have an opinion, but it isn’t a valid opinion and it is not worth the same as an informed opinion, and certainly not worth the same as an expert. An ignorant person may be correct, on occasion, but it is just the result making a good guess or because they are repeating what an actual expert said from some Internet article. The ignorant person may even be right a few times in a row, but it isn’t because they know and understand the topic.
So, the opinion of the vast majority of people on how firearms work is meaningless, especially when they start trying to discuss what we “need” in our lives when it comes to firearms.
There are an abundant number of examples of the ignorance of the leadership of the anti-gun movement. I will cover a few, here, because I find them entertaining, to a degree.
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor NYC, Presidential Candidate
“No, but pistols are different. You have to pull the trigger each time. An assault weapon you basically hold, it goes BrrrrrBrrrrBrrrrrrp” — He was corrected, more than once, in an interview with Cynthia McFadden, and he still can’t explain the difference between semi-automatic and automatic.
He stated, in a letter sent to his constituents, that high capacity magazines “turn regular firearms into fully automatic weapons.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chairperson
She stated, and very proudly if I say so myself, that she opposes “rapid-fire magazines.” Of course, no such thing exists.
Martin Heinrich, US Senator
He wants to put age restrictions on “gas-assisted receiver firearms.” Again, no such thing exists.
Carolyn Maloney, US Representative
She wants to pass an “assault weapons” ban that will “ban the massacre machine gun magazines.”
Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia
He stated that, “We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence.” I do not believe that he was a Math major, but even a grade school student can see that we would be out of Americans within a few days if this were true.
Joe Biden, Vice President
Uncle Joe is hard to beat, though. The super smart (per his own statements) Joe Biden, said the following:
“Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to 1,000 a year from what it is now.”
“Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.”
Joe Biden made several suggestions regarding the use of a shotgun, and many of those recommended actions would result in a person going to jail.
Louise Slaughter, US Representative
Louise Slaughter has been in congress for the last 30+ years. Her statement is interesting:
“The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we’ve got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?”
She doesn’t seem to understand what the Second Amendment is and how it is a right reserved for ALL.
Diana Degette, US Representative
I cringe every time I hear Diana Degette start to talk about Gun Control. She doesn’t have a clue, yet, she is one of the main legislators involved in magazine limitations.
“I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those know they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”
She doesn’t understand that magazines are not disposable and consumable. They can be reloaded. She thinks that laws to limit magazine capacity will actually be impactful.
Another one of DeGette’s statements speaks to her not understanding defensive gun use. A senior citizen asked her how he was supposed to be able to defend himself against well-armed intruders, and she replied that he should wait for the Police and if the criminals were well armed that it would not matter as:
“You’d probably be dead, anyway”
Bill Clinton, President
Our former President really had an odd take on our Constitution, the one that he swore an oath to defend.
“When we got organized as a country, [and] wrote a fairly radical Constitution, with a radical Bill of Rights, giving radical amounts of freedom to Americans, it was assumed that Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly …. When personal freedom is being abused, you have to move to limit it.”
President Clinton, who signed the Assault Weapons Ban, seems to think that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are radical and that Americans are not responsible enough.
Kevin de Leon, California State Senator
Only in California can you get somebody that is a legislator to stand up in a press conference and utter some kind of complete nonsense like this:
“This is a ghost gun. This right here has ability with a .30 caliber clip to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip in half a second.”
What? I keep reading it, and it makes less and less sense each time. If you are a legislator and are writing a law, at least take a few minutes and have somebody that is knowledgeable on the topic review what you are about to babble. This was top-notch babbling, so I will give him credit for that.
Joe Salazar, Colorado House of Representatives
Joe Salazar takes the concept of Gun Free Zones to extremes. He really seems to think that they work.
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.”
It appears that the ability to find a call box and call the police is the responsible thing to do as we just don’t seem to be intelligent enough or responsible enough to know when we are in danger and will just shoot every time we are scared.
Carolyn McCarthy, US Representative
I believe she finally retired. While nobody could question her commitment, many questioned her knowledge. In legislation that she wrote, she included barrel shrouds as one of the “military features” that would be banned. In an interview, she was asked what a barrel shroud is, and and she could not answer. Her best answer was that:
“It’s a shoulder thing that goes up.”
Dianne Feinstein, US Senator
I am not sure what scares me more about Dianne Feinstein. To me, it appears that she is the worst of hypocrites. On the one hand, she has a conceal carry permit, in California, which is a State that just doesn’t issue permits. She used her political power to get a permit, but fights the rights of others at every turn.
I could go on for hours writing about her hypocrisy and her absolute ignorance. But, instead, I will provide one quote, and one picture.
“We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines.”
It is legal to hunt humans? Ummm… What?
The picture, as shown above, but repeated here, is more horrifying as she states that she has been well trained in firearms, yet here she is with her finger on the trigger, and a large drum inserted in an AK as she sweeps the crowd with the muzzle. The people in the room, all potential innocent bystanders, were clearly too ignorant to be horrified. If this happened on the streets, with police present, she probably would have been shot.
Why she thinks this kind of action is OK is beyond me.
Obviously, in her extensive training, she never learned the four basic rules of gun safety as she is violating at least three of them, here.
He is not a politician, but I just had to include this one as it had me rolling on the floor. He apparently believes that if you have a bullet button on your AR-15, it makes it a fully automatic rifle.
Of course, what bothers me more than the ignorance is the rampant hypocrisy from the leadership of the anti-gun/gun control movement. How they can push for gun control when they are surrounded by men with guns, is just beyond my comprehension.
There are many pictures of the anti-gun celebrity crowd, Bloomberg, and even Shannon Watts, with their armed security teams. I could fill up several pages with them.
Of course, there is also the hypocrisy of the many celebrities that make money by being in movies with guns, but then speak out against gun ownership.
The anti-gun/gun control crowd needs to get their act together. It is time that they learn from the experts and learn that the guns are not the problem. Evil and mentally ill people are the problem. Until the anti-gun crowd gets educated on the topic and learns what the real issue is, they will not be able to contribute to fixing the real problem.