Automatic Idiocy

Not to be disuaded by crime rates that are as low as we had in the 1960’s, the gun grabbers are once again trying to grab guns in the wake of a tragedy. We’ve pawed this ground plenty, but there is something I want to get off my chest. Here you can read an idiotic editorial by famous hypocrite and all-round power-monger Elliot Spitzer calling for a ban on “semi-automatic” weapons. It includes a photo of those feared semi-automatic weapons that, to my relatively untrained eye, seems to include several automatics, semi-automatics and what looks like a pump action. But, you know, they look bad so we can call them semi-automatic, which is a favorite scare term of the anti-gun zealots. In fact, “scary looks” are often the deciding factor. The assault weapons ban famously went after weapons that looked like automatic assault rifles but weren’t.

This confusion over the exact nomenclature of weapons seems to be common in gun control debates. A semi-automatic requires you to pull the trigger with each shot. It’s a fast action, but it’s not ridiculously so. Automatic, where you pull the trigger and the gun keeps firing until the magazine is empty, is what these dipshits are usually thinking of. And while semi-automatic includes scary weapons like the TEC-9 (which was mostly scary because it was easy to convert to fully automatic) it also includes just about every gun issued to federal and local law enforcement. In fact, 80% of the weapons made in the US are semi-automatic. You ban semi-automatics and people are defending themselves with revolvers and pump actions. Hell, if Spitzer had his way, we’d probably be down to muzzle loaders, if that. I’m sure that sounds fine to someone like Spitzer, who is rich and spent large parts of his life with bodyguards who had semi-automatic weapons. But many of us don’t fancy fumbling with a revolver hammer if our life is in danger.

(The main point of Spitzer’s op-ed is to suggest Obama and Bloomberg force the gun-makers to stop selling semi-automatic weapons by refusing to do business with them until they comply. Apart from the power-grab aspects of this, there’s a problem: it wouldn’t work. The private firearms industry is way too big for the gun-makers to ignore.)

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  1. hist_ed

    This is idiotic. How many companies make AR pattern rifles? How many companies make 1911s? Off the top of my head, I could name six that make ARs, and I am probably missing twice as many as I can remember. If you make a gap in the market someone else will fill it.

    The magazine thing is even more absurb. Any machine shop in American can make mags. They are simpley boxes with springs in them.

    This points to the biggest problem with gin control advocates. They don’t know shit about guns.

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  2. Poosh

    Nobody likes semi-automatic weapons in COD: Modern Warefare…

    I don’t understand why guns are singled out, when it’s the consciousnesses of the citizens that is what should be inspected. It bothers me. There’s a classic line in Dark Knight where the Joker warns Batman that the citizens will be loosing their mind by the bucket full. Joker bloody got it. Why can’t these politicians?

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  3. InsipiD

    The main point of Spitzer’s op-ed is to suggest Obama and Bloomberg force the gun-makers to stop selling semi-automatic weapons by refusing to do business with them until they comply.

    Bloomberg doesn’t need anyone to suggest stuff like this to him. That’s already the way he thinks. Obama hasn’t done it so far, but I’m sure a second term would free up more of that thinking.

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  4. HARLEY

    There is no way that this could be realistically enforced, example. pull the gas tube out of a AR-15 rifle,and it becomes a awkward to cycle bolt rifle.
    This is totally based on fear and ignorance. IF they some how managed to stop production of such rifles, how long would it be before the Mexican cartels begin shipping in full auto AKs Ar’s, FN’s and various sub guns? about a afternoon……………what about home workshops or guys with 3D printers? what about the MASSIVE stock pile of parts in warehouses across the usa?

    Hist_ed, there are over 30 manufactures here in the usa. and a dozen or so over seas. 1911’s .. oh god 50+?…………

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  5. hist_ed

    Hist_ed, there are over 30 manufactures here in the usa.

    Heh, thought I underestimated, but when I was shopping I was looking at the low end of the market (alas, never bought-lil’ hist_ed 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 seem to be sucking up the budget for a while).

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