From the excellent gun blog Bearing Arms:
Daily News Writer Somehow Survives Trauma of Firing America's Most Popular Rifle
From American Thinker:
A seriously sissified shooting story
From Twitchy.com, a roundup of reactions from Twitter:
NY Daily News writer explains why AR-15s are scary and evil (but can't be bothered with facts)
A few of those facts the NYDN and Mr. Kuntzmann are ignoring:
- The AR-15 is not a fully automatic machine gun. It can fire only as fast as you can pull the trigger.
- It has a calibre of .223, only slightly larger than a .22. And .22s are the preferred weapons for teaching beginners how to shoot.
- .223 is a small number, calibre-wise. It means the AR-15 is not a particularly powerful weapon. Really, it's not.
- It's one of the easiest rifles to fire, with almost no kick. The M-16, the military version of the civilian AR-15, also has little kick. Yes, I'm speaking from experience.
- I've never received a single bruise from firing AR-15s, or any other small-bore rifle, for that matter.
- The AR-15 uses modern smokeless gunpowder. It doesn't smell of sulfur, much less destruction, whatever that's supposed to smell like.
- .223s don't make a sound like cannon, more like weak or watered-down firecrackers.
- The only terror you had in that Philadelphia gun range was the terror you took in there with you.
That last sentence is the bottom line, isn't it? Mr. Kuntzmann was already terrified of the AR-15 before he ever entered the gun range. He'd terrified himself in his imagination, quite possibly for years in advance. Therefore the sounds were louder, the smell more stark, the kick stronger and more horrifying.
And he brought all of it on himself. Not through firing an AR-15, but by telling himself how terrible the experience would be. He'd convinced himself the AR-15 was powerful and evil, and so that was the "lesson" he took from the gun range.
Whereas tweenagers and teenagers, taught to fire the AR-15 as part of gun-familiarization and safety training, are almost universally enthusiastic. When I first fired an AR-15, at the age of 18, my response was a demand for more ammo.
Finally, Mr. Kuntzmann, there is no such thing as temporary PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not a case of the jitters, nor of being snappy for a few hours, and nor is it a response to hearing something you don't like on a college campus. PTSD is a serious psychological response to real trauma, which is defined as a reasonable terror for your life or for the life of someone near you. Soldiers, survivors of violent crime, and first responders can suffer PTSD after witnessing the horrors that can be written upon the human psyche. Firing an AR-15 is very, very tame, and not only by comparison.
A few more links.
From The Federalist (good website, by the way):
Howard Stern Just Dropped a Lot of Truth About Gun Control
From Legal Insurrection:
NY Daily News Reporter Complains Shooting an AR-15 Bruised his Delicate Shoulder
And your feel-good story of the day, also from Legal Insurrection (another good website):
Disney Princesses Show Up for 5-year-old's Adoption Finalization Hearing
That's all for now. Cheers and keep your ammo dry.