Gersh Kuntzman doubles down on fear of the AR-15
Gersh Kuntzman doubles down on fear of the AR-15
NY Daily News’ Gersh Kuntzman has felt the sting of ridicule, and he has responded as any girly-man would. For the second day in a row he wrote the stupidest thing on the internet. He has decided that, in fact, being a girl might be better than being a man.
Yes, I’m a wimp. I simpered because my experience with the AR-15 bruised me, body and spirit. But there’s nothing unmanly about reminding my readers that mass murder is much easier to commit with a semi-automatic killing machine than it is with a hammer.
If that makes me a girl, well, maybe we should have a girl running the country.
Well no secret who he’s voting for.
Yesterday Gersh made a complete fool of himself when he reported he was terrified after firing an AR-15 rifle. I personally took part in the ridicule. My VG sisters can verify that I felt kinda bad, but sometimes a slap of reality is called for, if not to educate the moron, then to at least straighten out the misinformation.
Twitter was the most popular vehicle for righting Gersh’s hysterical reaction to shooting a gun, which included him claiming to suffer from a temporary case of PTSD.
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) June 15, 2016
This sounds more like PMS than PTSD…
N.Y. Daily News writer: Firing AR-15 'gave me a temporary form of PTSD' https://t.co/wqWgWe7V4S
— (((Jim Sharpe))) (@JimSharpe) June 15, 2016
Sorry dude, you totally brought this on yourself.
In his column today Gersh complains about how his gender was questioned because of having an opinion. It’s not the opinion per se, it’s the completely wimpy-fied reaction to a gun that was the problem. That this opinion emanated from a person of the male gender only made it that much more comical. I’ve got a lot of lady friends who think the same way, so the shaming is not coming from only our testosterone laden brothers. It’s totally gender neutral shaming.
Gersh is ultimately just confused. He claims that he is a Second Amendment supporter (“under strict regulations”) but then also calls the NRA a bully. He says we can’t even debate guns in this country because the gun lobby shuts down First Amendment rights.
Besides, if masculinity is defined by the power to commit violence on a wide scale, I proudly choose femininity. At one time, “being a man” meant standing up for what you believe in — and against injustice. By that definition, we need more real men in power taking on bullies like the NRA, which seeks to bolster the Second Amendment by shutting down opponents’ right to the First. We can’t even debate guns in this country, thanks to the gun lobby.
Being a lefty, he should know all about shutting down free speech rights. In my post yesterday, admittedly, I told him to shut his mouth – but it’s because his position was so misinformed, uneducated, and overdramatized that it could not be taken seriously.
Once these liberals acknowledge that taking away my gun, and making restrictions upon my Second Amendment right will do NOTHING to stop a mass murder, then we can talk. Keep coming at me with the unspoken and hidden agenda of confiscation, and you are going to continue to get the hand.
As many others pointed out since yesterday, the AR and other rifles like it are probably the easiest rifles to shoot. They, in no way, compare to shot guns, deer rifles, or even the famed Desert Eagle handgun that shoots large caliber rounds, up to .50 AE.
I fault whomever was supervising or accompanying Gersh because no one properly prepared him to have a good shooting experience. He is fear mongering.
Yes, this weapon scared the crap out of me. And it should scare the crap out of all of you, too. An AR-15 is a weapon of mass destruction, a tool that should only be in the hands of our soldiers and cops, as Rep. Seth Moulton wrote in the Daily News on Tuesday. I don’t think there’s anything unmanly about pointing out this fact.
Every firearm can be used in a dangerous and unsafe manner. This is not news – and applies to any number of objects that we encounter on a daily basis. But there is nothing inherently more dangerous about an AR than any other firearm. It is all in how it is used. The FBI statistics from 2014 bear out the fact that murders by rifles and shot guns rank behind murders from handguns, blunt objects, knifes, and hand and feet. From Hot Air:
In 2014, the last year for which we have complete data, the FBI recorded 248 homicides by rifles and 262 by shotguns, both the lowest in the previous five years. Rifles accounted for just two percent of all homicides. More than twice as many homicides were committed by “personal weapons,” such as hands, fists, feet, and so on (660), and almost twice as many by blunt instrument (435). Knives and cutting instruments accounted for 16.4% of all homicides, eight times as many as rifles. It’s also worth pointing out that murders overall declined in every year from 2010 to 2014, including murders by firearms, without a so-called “assault weapons” ban. (Also worth noting: Handgun homicides dropped by 9% during the same period, even as concealed-carry permits exploded in popularity.)
The heart of the issue to me though is how clearly Gersh illustrates the liberal fear of the gun itself. He self-reports that so few of his readers have ever shot the gun, so he should take this responsibility of reporting fairly a little more seriously.
To reiterate, the goal of the story was simply to share with readers my experience of firing an AR-15, which very few of them have done. I found the sheer power of the weapon horrifying. I found the noise deafening and anxiety provoking. I was frightened by its potential for rapid, catastrophic, Orlando-like carnage with similiar weaponry. Using an AR-15 made me irritable and jittery for hours afterwards. To me, it felt like a bazooka.
Gersh went to the range on the heels of the Orlando massacre to see if he could imagine bodies falling. Now that is frightening to me. When I go shooting, I visualize bullseyes on paper targets and think about whether my breathing is under control. But if his thoughts represent liberal thought generally then it is pretty clear that they think everyone who likes to shoot is also thinking about all the mayhem they can create, all the blood they can spill. No Gersh, responsible gun owners do not fantasize or dwell on cutting people in two with an automatic weapon (which hardly anyone in the general public even owns because it’s been against the law since the 1930s). Facts please! He tried to make an argument by analogy that doesn’t work at all because automatic weapons have been restricted for decades, but here is his babbling, also pretty worthy of credible consideration:
But what if a weapons manufacturer could fashion a handgun that would fire a nuclear blast — an atomic version of an AR-15, if you will. It would look like a gun, but it could kill thousands instead of dozens. Like a rifle, it’s one of many arms that we are allowed to keep and bear. But would we really stand idly by as people buy a nuclear gun in the name of the Second Amendment?
He must not have gotten a lot of sleep last night, fretting about the negative responses to his scary experience (validate his feelings people!); that might explain the incoherence of that example.
So Gersh, if you truly want to have a substantive conversation about guns, first do your due diligence. Maybe get some lessons. Associate with people who have a healthy respect for and love of guns. Show our side that you’re not going to melt into a puddle of liberal tears at the sight of an inanimate object and then maybe we can talk.