More fun with gun ‘facts,’ this time courtesy of New York Times

More fun with gun ‘facts,’ this time courtesy of New York Times
June 1992: Reagan sights in a Colt Sporter AR-15 given to him by representatives of the American Shooting Sports Council during their visit to Rancho del Cielo. Reagan was 81. (Image: Richard Feldman, ASSC. http://www.volokh.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Reagan-AR-15-ASSC-August-19921.pdf)

Yesterday, LU’s editor at large, J.E. Dyer, published an entertaining and highly informative piece that highlighted the widespread ignorance of those on the Left when it comes to what they have come to call “weapons of war.” That neologism is a replacement for assault weapon, a term liberals have misused repeatedly in their crusade to implement “common sense gun laws.”

An article that ran in the New York Times the day after the Orlando massacre gets one detail of the shooting correct — and that is the weapon that Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen used in his killing spree. The rifle, as Alan Feuer writes, was a Sig Sauer, not an AR-15, as most liberal outlets reported.

In attempting to provide a factually sound article arguing (one supposes) against the continued manufacture of semi-automatic weapons, like the AR-15 and the Sig Sauer MCX, Feuer went so far as to consult an expert: Sam Andrews, owner of Tier One Weapons Systems, a gun engineering company in Eureka, Mo.

According to Andrews (according to Feuer):

Because of its gas-operated system … the AR-15 has a fairly gentle recoil. The weapon is also fast and accurate, he added, able to fire, under capable hands, eight rounds in a second. [Emphasis added]

I’m not sure where Andrews got his information (or whether Feuer accurately reported what he was told). The subject is one variable that J.E. deals with in painstaking detail in her article.

I would add only that Jerry Miculek, Jr., regarded by many as owner of the world’s fastest trigger finger, was able to squeeze off a maximum of five rounds per second using the AR-15.

But why quibble over details when you’re a liberal? The ends always justify the means.

(h/t Jason Howerton, The Blaze)

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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