Oh I know the source will trigger some
. Find something factually wrong with the article.
This woman isn't just some deadbeat on Twitter, she is founder of Moms Demand Action, and one of the faces of the gun control movement. Is it really
so much to ask that she have the slightest #ing clue
what she's talking about?
Second Amendment advocates frequently point out that many gun control activists' focus on assault rifles is largely superficial. What
distinguishes a regular semi-automatic rifle from an "assault-style" rifle often comes down to whether or not gun control activists believe it looks
In a tweet that perfectly demonstrated this often superficial approach to what guns Americans should or shouldn't be allowed to own, in the heat of
the gun control push following the horrific Parkland shooting, gun control activist Moms Demand Action president Shannon Watts tweeted out an image of
an intimidating looking gun that she noted can be purchased at Sportsman's Warehouse:
A .22-caliber, bolt-action
I took a snapshot in case she deletes the Tweet, but here's a link to
She's famous for deleting her snafus and blocking anyone who dares challenge her absurd claims on Twitter. I myself am blocked by her. Her
block list must require it's own server at Twitter HQ.
Now I shouldn't have to explain why this is absurd, but I will because there are going to be users who just don't get why this is a story. First of
all, this gun fires the .22 LR rimfire cartridge, one of the weakest cartridges on the planet. There are smaller calibers, but .17, .22 etc are all at
the bottom of the barrel. .22 has virtually no recoil. I've literally seen someone put the butt of the stock up to their nose and fire a .22 rifle.
Almost anything else the recoil would cause this to be extremely dangerous. There's very little recoil with a .22 because there's very little power in
the cartridge. Can it still kill? Sure. But if you can't own this, you'd pretty much just have to take all rifles off the market.
The other reason is, it's bolt-action.
like an AR-15 if you don't have a clue, but not only is it not an AR-15, it's not even a
semi-automatic rifle. The action is totally manual.
Now some people will point to the fact that this tweet was about not wanting people to be able to buy a gun before they're 21. That's true, but
obviously what she was trying to do was make the point that an 18 year old can walk into a gun store and buy a really dangerous rifle, and she picked
one of the least dangerous rifles manufactured.
Bonus: one thing that's cut off in the screenshot that was in the original tweet if you click on the photo is the caption below the rifle that "gun
purchases cannot be combined with other merchandise online". The reason for this is because, despite gun control propaganda, if you buy a rifle
through a store like this online they will not ship it to your door. They will ship it to a licensed dealer near you and you will have to go pick it
up in person, where that dealer will run a background check on you. This is what they call the "online loophole". Ironic that she accidentally
included in her tweet an indication that this is in fact not a loophole at all.
ETA: Update: I brought this to Dana Loesch's attention on Twitter. I'm sure she'll have a field day with this.
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