(Conservative Tribune) – Gun control activists have been doing their worst again in recent weeks, demonizing law-abiding gun owners and the National Rifle Association as they seek to undermine and infringe upon the Second Amendment-protected right to keep and bear arms.
As such, they are also pushing yet another legislative attempt to ban “assault weapons,” a made-up term that essentially constitutes any sort of firearm that looks like something the military would use, but in actuality is a standard semi-automatic firearm with certain cosmetic features, of which there are millions upon millions in common use.
Unfortunately for them, their fear and loathing when it comes to firearms runs so deep that they can’t even keep straight what kinds of weapons they claim they do and don’t want to ban — likely because they don’t even know the basics of firearms and how they operate in the first place.
Case in point is the following tweet from Shannon Watts, leader of the Bloomberg-backed Moms Demand Action gun control advocacy group, who posted a picture of a “scary” looking rifle and fretted that an 18-year-old adult could purchase one at a sporting goods store, according to The Daily Wire.
You can buy this at @SportsmansWH if you’re 18. Tell them #NoGunUntil21 pic.twitter.com/85o34rbbD5
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 2, 2018
In the eyes of Watts and her small but vocal coterie of liberal moms demanding gun bans, the above rifle should be classified as an “assault weapon” and ripped from the hands of law-abiding citizens, largely because of its black “tactical” appearance that resembles a military-issue firearm.
But in reality, the gun Watts is apparently so fearful of is nothing more than a bolt-action .22 long rifle caliber firearm, the sort of firearm that legions of gun owners learned to shoot with and grew up around as children. Deadly with a well-placed shot, yes, but still barely a step above a BB gun, and largely suitable for target practice or hunting small game like rabbits and gophers.
Don’t look now Shannon Watts but your ignorance is showing. You literally picked the least dangerous rifle commonly used by adolescents for target practice, to demonstrate that it’s too dangerous for adults, only because it’s “SCARY” looking.
— David Seel (@DavidSeel7) March 11, 2018
That rifle isn’t even one of the “new” “fully semi-automatic” rifles which reloads itself after each trigger pull that ignorant liberals are now clamoring about (they’ve been in existence for more than a century), but one that must be manually operated to eject the shell of a spent round prior to chambering a new round after each shot.
In other words, this rifle is about as far from an actual “assault rifle” — one capable of fully automatic fire on a single trigger pull — as can be, which, by the way, were already heavily regulated for civilian ownership by the National Firearms Act of 1934.
As Bearing Arms pointed out, Watts received quite an education on this rifle in the comments on her post — not that she will actually learn anything, because she apparently blocks and ignores anyone who doesn’t tout her “ban ’em all” propaganda line.
Then the Bearing Arms’ writer unloaded the absolute truth: “Shannon picked that particular gun because it’s scary looking. It has an M-Lok rail system like a so-called assault rifle, and it has a Picatinny scope base like many evil black rifles, and it has a magazine that’s a little too long for her tastes, so it must be an evil rifle.”
That’s a bolt-action, .22-caliber rifle. It’s used for target practice and hunting small critters/varmints. That’s literally no different, functionally, than this rifle pictured below…it just “looks scarier”. ffs. And you wonder why “common sense” gun legislation never passes. pic.twitter.com/LzzvDg5UIJ
— Tuck Chodd (@luthiermark) March 2, 2018
But, again, it is simply a bolt-action .22 caliber rifle dressed up to look “cool” with “tactical” accessories. If this exact same rifle was fitted with a traditional wood stock, some of the duplicitous anti-gun liberals would assure us gun owners that we would be allowed to keep it — for now at least — as part of their planned gun control infringements.
It is ignorance like this tweet from Watts that cause gun owners to believe that the left is less than serious about actually doing anything reasonable to combat gun violence. Instead, it reveals that their true agenda is to ban guns of all sorts and leave the law-abiding citizens of our nation disarmed.