Sunday, January 09, 2005


Awaiting Another Media Smear Job On Evil Guns

60 Minutes is, at the time of this writing, about four hours away from their report on .50 BMG sporting rifles. Great, more airtime for the shitheads at VPC:

"I think it's a great thing on the battlefield," says one of the weapon's chief
critics, Tom Diaz of the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. "I just
think there are certain occasions when we say in our society, this product is
such a threat to our health and safety...our national security, we will not
allow it," he tells Bradley. "Thousands have been sold to civilians and, as far
as federal gun laws go, it is treated like any other hunting rifle."
Just make sure to read his rationale very, very carefully, and think about what activities you might enjoy that could constitute "a threat to our health and safety". Buy into that logic, and you won't be allowed to spread cheese on your crackers with a metal butter knife anymore.

Fortunately, we've got the well-spoken Ronnie Barrett on our side:

"Yes it could be [used in those terrorist scenarios], but it's also
seeming, begging someone to commit this crime. 'Somebody please commit this
crime so I can validate what I've been saying so long,'" says Ronnie Barrett of
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing.

"As far as the abuses with .50-caliber rifles, they are so few, if any,
that all other calibers ought to aspire to have as good a record as it has," he
tells Bradley. "It's a target rifle. It's a toy...a high-end adult recreational
toy." As for terrorism, Barrett says, "Any rifle in the hands of a terrorist is
a deadly weapon."

To the best of my knowledge, there has yet to be a shooting with a rifle chambered in .50 BMG. But don't go fessing-up that any rifle in the wrong hands is potentially dangerous - "they" will want to ban those, too. Back to Shithead for his closing remarks:

Diaz is hoping Congress will pass a law requiring that the names of owners of
.50-caliber rifles be kept on file. "No one in the U.S. government knows who has
these guns," he says.

Good - let's keep it that way. The 2nd Amendment is not there to keep the government comfortable.

I'm sure that by the end of this segment, I'll be ready to ventilate our TV from a distance of 1000 yards. If I had $8K sitting around, I'd love to kick it towards Barrett in exchange for one of his wonderful rifles. And then I'd spend a bunch of time poking holes in cement blocks, manhole covers, and safes, just because it's cool and scares pussies like Mr. Diaz.

UPDATE: Only one big surprise during the broadcast - 60 Minutes claims that fire from .50-cal rifles forced the FBI to bring Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and later tanks, into the Waco standoff in '93. Per at least one timeline, I cannot find any info that in any way substantiates this claim (other than in VPC "reports").

UPDATE: Thanks to someone over at The High Road who produced a list of the weapons (alternate source here) found at the Branch Davidian compound, we can see that there was no .50-cal rifle. Surprising, huh?

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