Aurora “Assault” Rifle? Not So Fast!

24 Jul

According to ABC News (I know, ABC and News, oxymoronic, right?), Jason Alexander, George of Seinfeld fame, recently joined the fray over what should be done about the tragic Aurora movie theater shooting by tweeting on July 21: “I cannot understand support for legality of the kind of weapon in this massacre. It’s a military weapon, why should it be in non- mil hands?”

The initial tweet received a flurry of responses, leading Alexander on Sunday to expand on his views via TwitLonger (which kind of negates the whole purpose and alleged coolness of Twitter’s 140-word limit, does it not?). In an extensive argument, Alexander lashed out at gun activists who claim that gun regulation violates their Second Amendment rights.

Alexander argued that the Second Amendment lays out the right to bear arms for those in regulated militias alone, not for private citizens, writing, “The advocates of guns who claim patriotism and the rights of the 2nd Amendment – are they in well-regulated militias? For the vast majority – the answer is no.”

He finished his comments by saying that there is “no excuse” for the lack of regulation surrounding assault rifles, and that while stricter laws “will not prevent any tragedy,” that “we certainly have done ourselves no good by allowing these particular weapons to be acquired freely by just about anyone.”

Oh, where to start? Another ill-informed liberal, spouting off about something he knows little, if anything, about. So, I guess I’ll start with, what the hell does Jason Alexander know about guns, gun control or assault rifles anyway? He’s a Broadway and TV actor who’s probably never even seen a real gun in his life, unless he was being mugged in Noo Yawk by a criminal who couldn’t care less about gun laws.

Let’s first take Alexander’s (mis)understanding about the Second Amendment. The Supreme Curt has recently ruled, in multiple cases, that you don’t have to be in a militia to have the right to bear arms in America, that it is an INDIVIDUAL right. Perhaps Jason should keep up more with current events, to include Supreme Court rulings. Those of us who support Second Amendment rights tend to do that, you know, but I’m not surprised that liberals, like Alexander, don’t, because it doesn’t fit their view of the world.

Next, the AR-15 type rifle used by the Aurora movie theater shooter was NOT an assault rifle. It was a SEMI-AUTOMATIC, whereas a true ASSAULT RIFLE of the type used by the military has a select fire switch and can be changed from SEMI-AUTOMATIC to FULL AUTOMATIC fire. So, Alexander saying that the shooter used a military weapon and that it was an assault rifle, again, belies his ignorance of what he’s talking about. Had he said the shooter used a military-STYLE weapon, that would have been correct.

Even a quick check with a source such as Wikipedia reveals: A firearm must have at least the following characteristics to be considered an assault rifle:
1. It must be an individual weapon with provision to fire from the shoulder (i.e., a buttstock);
2. It must be capable of selective fire (emphasis added);
3. It must have an intermediate-power cartridge:, i.e., more power than a pistol but less than a standard rifle or battle rifle;
4. Its ammunition must be supplied from a detachable magazine rather than a feed-belt;
5. And it should at least have a firing range of 300 meters (1000 feet).

So much for claiming that what the Aurora shooter used was an assault rifle and so much for Jason Alexander and other gun-fearing, gun-ignorant, gun-hating liberals who don’t let actual facts get in the way of their misplaced, incorrect, bleeding heart comments on subjects about which they know next-to-nothing at all.

Alexander’s comment that “we certainly have done ourselves no good by allowing these particular weapons to be acquired freely by just about anyone” shows the extent of his ignorance. SEMI-AUTOMATIC, military-STYLE rifles cost a lot and you have to fill out federal forms and pass a background check to buy them.

True assault rifles, with a select fire switch to fire either semi-automiatic or full automatic, cost even more and can only be legally obtained from a Class III arms dealer in accordance with the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1968 (the majority of gun dealers are not Class III’s because of how much it costs them for the federal license and all the regulations they have to comply with) and involves even more federal paperwork and background checks (to include your name, address, fingerprints and photo, description and serial number of the weapon, and countersigned by a CLEO, or chief law enforcement officer, in your area). If Alexander had just Googled or Binged “assault weapons,” he would know more than his ill-informed comments have revealed.

As usual, Alexander, in typical liberal fashion and without knowing what he’s talking about, paints with too broad a brush, suggesting that assault rifles can be acquired by just about anyone. What an idiot! It’s like Morgan Freeman first saying he voted for Obama because he’s black and more recently saying Obama’s not really our first black president, uh, because he’s not black enough. Were you for him, Morgan, because he’s black, until he showed how inept he is, and so now he’s not black enough?

Hey, Jason, Morgan, Sean, Danny, George, Tim, Sarah Jessica, James Earl, Joy, Barbra and all you other liberal, Hollyweird or Noo Yawk elites who don’t know what you’re talking about when you stray into politics, gun rights versus gun control, or other weighty issues, stick to what you know — acting, narrating and singing. At least then you’re usually using words somebody else wrote for you and not overtaxing your own, limited, intellectual capacities.

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