I just finished listening to the latest congressional committee hearing regarding SH-216—Sen. Feinstein’s latest attempt to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. I am struck by the blindness exhibited by the anti-gun members of the committee and those testifying.
Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia, stated over and over the impact of gun violence on the streets of Philadelphia. He testified why an assault weapons ban needs implementation—after the courts struck down his own city’s laws banning essentially the same weapons.
He used tragedy after tragedy to pull at heart-strings and make an emotional plea. He had statistics and signed letters. Time and again, with every statement and each question he answered, the conclusion was always the same: AR-15s are not what is being used to commit the crimes, nor did he have any evidence or data showing a ban on such weapons would have prevented the crime in the first place.
There was also a doctor from Newtown who treated some of the victims. He showed a video depicting a .22 LR and a .223 from an AR-15—both were shot into ballistic gelatin. He showed that the .22 LR traveled in a straight line with nine inches of penetration and made a .5-inch cavity.
The evil AR-15 with its ballistic tipped .223 on the other hand, only penetrated five inches, with significant cavitation and fragmentation. He then went on to state this is why we cannot allow civilians to own military-style assault weapons. The bullets create more cavitation and fragmentation.
There are so many arguments here that I am at a loss as to where I should start. First, he compared a rimfire to a centerfire and the rimfire actually penetrated farther. Second, he used a solid-lead bullet and compared it to a ballistic-tipped bullet that did exactly what it was design to do—expand and fragment. Beyond that, there is over penetration and the fact the bullets are designed to do damage. A primary rule of gun safety is never point a gun at anything you are not intending to destroy and he is arguing for bullets that do less damage by penetrating in a straight line. Damage is what makes bullets effective for self-defense and humane for hunting.
Of course, the amount of damage the a ballistic tipped .223 does from an AR-15 is exactly the same amount it does out of a bolt-action rifle. However, for some strange reason, his demonstration was supposed to show why we need to ban AR-15s…?
Let Lawmakers Hear Us Roar
Although the competition was fierce for the top spot as the most absurd democrat at the hearing, I would have to say Sen. Al Franken bested the highly competitive field. Now don’t get me wrong, gun control is not a Republican or Democrat issue, but the lunatics running the asylum on this issue are solidly Democrat. Al Franken used his time in front of the camera to say he had never heard of a single circumstance where a civilian had ever used an AR-15 for self-defense. This led me to an idea and I need your help. If Sen. Al Franken can’t find any examples maybe we could and in the process make sure Franken can NEVER again make such an absurd claim.
Print out an example article or write a statement and send it U.S. Mail. A stamped letter will do, but to really make it impactful, spend an extra dollar or two and require a signature or delivery confirmation. You can send it to his state or Washington D.C. address below.
Al Franken P.O. Box 583144 Minneapolis, MN 55458-3144 Al Franken 309 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Got an extra minute or two? Call his office and let them hear your story or the story of another. – (202) 224-5641
Beyond the video and commercial news stories, be sure to tell the comedian turned politician (not a big leap) about any personal stories as well. Guns deter a lot of crime that the media never reports and the statisticians never collect. I have a handful of AR-15s at home. Each one could be used for self-defense. I also have a handful of fire extinguishers. Being prepared for an emergency is every bit as important as successfully surviving an emergency. Point out why someone should use an AR-15 for self-defense.
Here are a few quickies we came up to get the ball rolling, but a few examples or a few hundred from one source will never be taken seriously. Franken is up for reelection in 2014; Let’s show him just how passionate gun owners can be. Let him hear our roar!
|Security Guard Uses AR-15 to Defend Himself, Customers||http://tinyurl.com/crdhyd8|
|Home Invaders Retreat after Seeing Their ‘Victim’ With AR-15||http://tinyurl.com/d5kwmwv|
|Students Ward off Home Intruders With AR-15||http://tinyurl.com/a6nuvat|
|Boy Uses Dad’s AR-15 to Shoot Intruder||http://tinyurl.com/d454jth|