Thursday, October 17, 2002

Gun Control in Iraq

I have a proposal that just might get the Idiotarian left on the war wagon. These people seem to regard gun control as the holy grail of domestic policy. Why not just extend this concept to Iraq? Why are these paragons of civil behavior unwilling to extend their do-goodism to the benighted masses across the sea?

The simple answer is that, in Iraq, the only guns are in the hands of the myrmidons of Saddam's government. The Iraqi people have been disarmed for decades. In fact, the Idiotarian left would like nothing better than installing the Iraqi government right here, in the good old USA. The only change they would make is a change of dictator to, say, Noam Chomsky or Barbra Sreisand.

How is it that these people, some of them quite intelligent, think that gun control is the answer to anything? Quick answer: It's a liberal feeling thing. They feel, therefore they don't have to think. They pride themselves on the fact that they don't know, nay, they refuse to learn, anything about firearms. They even create articles based upon falsified data in peer reviewed journals purporting to demonstrate the evil of guns and gun people.

Take the recent D.C. shootings. Today's N.Y.Times has a "news" piece (these days virtually any news piece in the NYT requires the quote marks) on the shootings in the D.C. area. In it there is this telling item:
His weapon can be accurate across 500 yards, say ballistics specialists who found he is using high-intensity .223-caliber bullets of the sort designed to bring down soldiers or large game on the run.
Go ahead and google this if you want, but I did, and after an hour of looking I can't find a single "ballistics specialist" who agrees with this statement. What I found is that this cartridge is considered a short range (up to 400 yards) round suitable only for small game, what is referred to as "Varmints" in the gun world. Military sources I perused universally seem to regard the adoption of this cartridge as a mistake, only praising its propensity to wound, rather than kill, as conveying a military advantage.

Even the N.Y.Post refers to a "Kruger Mini 14" which is, beyond referring to my own personal favorite varmint rifle, a garbled version of the name of its creator. Luckily Bill Ruger recently died, so he does not have to see his name mangled in print. Notwithstanding the Post's right lean, misspelling the name of one of the greatest gun designers of all time, a man whose name stands with Garrand, Browning, and Kalashnikov, when they would not, could not, misspell the name of any worthless politician, is very telling of the antigun bias that members of the media serve.

I would like to see a hunt organized, composed of members of the media, hunting Brown Bear, "on the run," armed with Varmint rifles. I'm sure the Grizzlies could use a good meal.