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Sunday, December 16, 2012

The most dangerous weapon of all and A Modest Proposal

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I recently asked someone who labeled the Bushmaster AR15 as "bad" and "stupid" to enumerate the reason behind that opinion without resorting to emotion. I asked for facts - straight facts.

I'm not gonna get it. Some more commentary from Roger Ebert and Rebel.

To give the debate a boost, I threw in some factual information about the firearm in question.

Ooooo. Actual and real math!
The .223 (or 5.56 round which it fires) is not particularly powerful. The light end of power. It's not a particularly fast bullet either. Mid-range in fact. Why the military ever adopted the round is never going to be known unless someone in those closed meetings says who got bribed.
High power firearms.
This particular firearm requires a lot of maintenance. Depending on the ammunition used, it requires a HELL of a lot of maintenance. In terms of dependability, it's in the middle of the pack. Compared to a single-shot rifle, the AR15 is a jam-o-matic. Compared to something like a Ma Deuce (wanna talk about High Power!), it functions flawlessly.

The action (how it functions) requires an extended stock even in a handgun version which makes it less-than-ideal for real paramilitary use.
Not that haters will understand this.
Depending on the magazine used, it can hold anywhere from 1 to 100 rounds. A 100 round drum mag is a pain in butt, it jams and it's heavy. In terms of ammo carrying capacity, it is probably above the average, but not at the top by a LONG way.

740 rounds of ammo. At once.
Without ammunition, this firearm is a particularly fragile stick.
Without ammo, a seriously efficient war club

Without someone to load and pull the trigger, this firearm is a bunch of metal and plastic. No gun anywhere any time has ever killed anyone without someone doing something to the gun.

Yes, this firearm is based on a military weapon. If this is your reason for objections then you must also object to: The longbow, the crossbow, the musket, the ball & cap muzzleloader, the single shot firearm, the bolt-action firearm, any semi-auto firearm, certain knives and so on.
Military weapons.
If we are speaking STRICTLY of weapons, then there is one which surpasses anything else by a long long distance. Banning firearms is not the solution. The real problem will remain behind and will seek ways around a gun ban and look for ever more creative ways to kill other humans. The real problem is, of course, not guns, cigarettes, cars, global warming, eat too much, damnocrats and reboobicans. Indeed, the real problem is far more basic. On this, all sides are on common ground and agree.

So, if there is common ground and agreement, then I suggest we ALL come together and ban the real problem. Get rid of this and the problems will immediately vanish.

The human brain is by far the most dangerous weapon of all time. Period. Nothing else comes within light years of being so dangerous.

My Modest Proposal? Ban the human brain. I submit to you that in doing this, human death by any unnatural means will immediately drop to zero.

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