You’d think that if you dedicated your life to banning something…

by wfgodbold

You’d at least know something about it, so that you don’t come off sounding like a complete moron.

Not if you’re the Brady Campaign, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, or The Violence Policy Center!

From page 2 of the VPC’s screed linked above (tweeted by CSGV and retweeted by the Brady Bunch)*:

It’s a 50 caliber sniper rifle! Run for your lives!

Now, anyone who knows anything about guns (which, of course, explains the above error), knows that it’s a .50 caliber round. A 50 caliber sniper rifle would have a bore just over four feet in diameter; not the Barrett’s half-inch. Good job on being off by a factor of 100, VPC.

Then we have their claim that this rifle is sold “without meaningful regulation” in the US gun market.

If you want to buy one of Barrett’s rifles, you’ve got to live in a state that hasn’t outlawed them because they’re scary looking (California, I’m looking at you); assuming you do, you have to go to the store, fill out a Form 4473, and undergo an instant background check. The same as you do if you buy any other gun in a store.

And, most importantly, you have to pay for the gun itself. A Barret M82 (which is what the rifle in the photo looks like) will set you back $8,900 (for the cheapest model; the most expensive runs $11,700). And then once you’ve got your ~$10k rifle, you get to buy ammo for it!**

Ammunition in this caliber is a couple dollars. Per round.

Once you’ve bought your expensive new rifle, your paperwork goes into the federally licensed firearm dealer’s book, where it will stay until he goes out of business; at that point, it is turned over to the government.

In no way, shape, or form is the sale of guns “without meaningful regulation.” The VPC, CSGV, and Brady bunch are in it for donations and political power; these days, they’re short on both, and will do whatever they think they have to to keep the money rolling in.

Even if it’s manufacturing controversies like this one.***

*I would link to their tweets, but Twitter has made their interface completely incomprehensible, and I can’t figure out how to isolate single tweets from the web interface.

**Assuming, for some ridiculous reason, that you spent all your money buying the gun and didn’t save any for a press so that you could shoot less ruinously.

***I didn’t bother reading the rest of the pamphlet; I can only imagine that it gets worse. From skimming, it looks like it’s a bunch of PSH about how people want the same firearms that the military uses. Sorry, gun banners; it has ever been thus.


7 Comments to “You’d think that if you dedicated your life to banning something…”

  1. I do my best not to use the web interface, but all appearances are that the time-stamp is still hyperlinked to the permalink for the tweet in question.

    Two fun points about “guns the military uses” – 1. The AR15 was originally marketed to civilians, and precedes the M16. 2. The military and most American police forces currently use specialized forms of arguably the most-popular/prevalent hunting rifle in America – the Remington 700. The “gun control” extremists’ desires to ban a relatively mundane bolt-action rifle truly shows the depravity of their position.

    • The only thing is that now it takes 4 clicks to get to the link to the actual tweet. Instead of just being able to click on the timestamp, you have to open the tweet, click on details, then click embed, and finally click the link button.

      It’s like they’re going out of their way to make twitter as annoying to use as possible.

      Why should the gun-banners let facts get in the way of drumming up hysteria?

      • And, of course, I just realized that it only takes two clicks. Once you get to the details page of a tweet, that’s the URL for the tweet. It’s still ridiculous, though.

      • Hover -> Right Click -> Copy Shortcut?

      • Nope. You can’t click directly on the tweet’s timestamp from the web twitter interface. You have to actually click no the tweet, which then lets you copy the details link. IT’S ENTIRELY TOO MUCH WORK.

        I remember, back when I was a wee lad, when we could link directly to tweets without any problems at all. Then the dark times came…

      • Sez you. I just did it. Copied the shortcut off the hyperlinked time-date stamp of a tweet in my timeline. Sure, the stupid little side-bar popped up, but it still gave me the link.

      • You think you’re pretty smart, don’t you, Trebek?

        I guess that does work. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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