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Gun crazy

EZ to assemble, EZer to use!

I had this crazy idea the other day, while watching those wonderful kids protest our insane gun culture. They filled me with something akin to hope – not quite hope, because I don’t know that I entirely believe in hope anymore. Not with the way things have been going in this country … or this world for that matter. Whatever’s kind of like hope but less optimistic. They filled me with that.

But it just popped into my head: Dude, you should go out and buy an AR-15 assault rifle.

Crazy, right?

No, it’s not a matter of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” In fact, last Friday, I think it was, we were playing pickleball at our usual sylvan location here in the Sierra foothills when all of a sudden the sweet silence was fractured by eight or ten shots from a semi-automatic rifle – much like an AR-15. Could have been an AR-15, and I’m sure there are thick-necked men in camo out there who can tell an AR-15 by the sound, as distinguished from a Smith & Wesson M&P15, say.

Our dog freaked out, but the shooting ended and we went back to our pickleball match. Another volley of shots rang out five minutes later, and we decided to hang it up.

Now, it’s against the rules to discharge firearms in our community, but owners of adjoining properties can do it, and believe me they do. And often they indulge in the high-velocity semi-automatic type of firearm. They get their jollies this way.

It’s a disturbing sound too. Not one I’d ever want to hear someplace like a shopping mall or movie theater or … school.

So here’s what I thought I’d do. I’d buy me an AR-15 – you can grab one for $500 to $600 online – and in so doing ensure that that particular weapon would never be used in a massacre. Even a little one.

Because I would immediately damage the gun in such a way that it would be rendered useless. Hacksaw it in half, maybe. Pour some kind of gummy resin into its firing chamber. Fill the barrel full of cement. Pretty much destroy the thing, in other words.

I don’t think $600 is a lot to pay to render a deadly weapon useless. It would also make me feel good. Make that $660, since to make the gun California-compliant (safer … as if) I’d have to have it modified in certain pointless ways. I could go with the cheaper model, so $560. I’d spend $560 to keep this particular gun off the streets forever.

Two other points. It’s totally horrifying that I can buy this fucking thing online. “What a great product for a low low price!” says one happy purchaser. Here’s a link to show you I’m telling the truth: https://www.classicfirearms.com/ar-15-for-sale-m4-flat-top-bear-creek-ar15 . Classic Firearms – “Where Shooters Click.”

It’s a lot worse out there than I thought. This is just one thing I can do to howl against the madness.

14 comments on “Gun crazy

  1. 1WriteWay
    March 29, 2018

    I can’t imagine how anyone gets their jollies out of firing an automatic weapon. And where, pray tell, do all those bullets go????????

    • Kevin Brennan
      March 29, 2018

      Yeah, I hope they’re responsible enough to shoot at targets and not willy nilly into the woods. 😐

  2. kingmidget
    March 29, 2018

    Now, son, you wouldn’t be trying to take my guns from me, now would you? ‘Murica!!!

  3. S.K. Nicholls
    March 29, 2018

    Unfortunately, you would be lining the coffers of the gun manufacturer and the NRA if you purchased that weapon. But yeah…at least that one. I’m still trying to figure out how strong a human needs to be for it to require 20 shots to bring them down.

    • Kevin Brennan
      March 29, 2018

      Yeah, you’re right about that. Enriching those SOBs wouldn’t be good.

      As for 20 shots, his mother asked, “Why couldn’t you shoot him in the leg?” And whatever happened to the nonlethal weapons cops were supposed to get one day? I guess that day never came …

  4. Carrie Rubin
    March 29, 2018

    Unbelievable that it can be bought online. I like your idea of destruction, but I fear it would only lead to more manufacturing, as the gun makers assume this uptick in sales translates to: yay, they’re selling like hotcakes, we need to make more.

    How scary to hear that noise around you.

    • Kevin Brennan
      March 29, 2018

      Maybe buying pre-purchased ones at a gun show would be better. Then the mfr. gets no cash … I’ll have to work out the kinks. 🤔

      • Carrie Rubin
        March 29, 2018

        At first when I read “mrf” in your comment, my mind went to a different word than “manufacturer.” 😄

      • Kevin Brennan
        March 29, 2018

        Heh heh. A Freudian slurp. I mean slip.

  5. Woebegone but Hopeful
    March 29, 2018

    A worthy idea. In the spirit of ‘It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness’.
    By the interesting way….
    From the UK out of curiosity I clicked onto the link and had the stark message:

    ‘403- forbidden’
    Nice to know our UK servers are protecting us from some of the wanna gun-nuts over here.

    • Kevin Brennan
      March 29, 2018

      Forbidden, eh? Would that we were so lucky over here! 😐

      • Woebegone but Hopeful
        March 30, 2018

        My sympathies 😕

  6. Sha'Tara
    March 29, 2018

    Site not forbidden in Canada, quote:
    Bear Creek Arsenal AR-15 Rifle .223/5.56 NATO w/ M4 Barrel, Flat Top, 30 Round Mag and Hard Case

    Availability: Out of stock | Item #: LNG-BCA-AR-FT16M4

    I don’t know that I could actually buy one, but there it was, in flying colours, and obviously in high demand as it’s out of stock. Maybe the NRA is planning to organize its murderers to launch a counter-attack against unarmed kids at the next demonstration against guns… Imagine, like shooting fish in a barrel, just the kind of sport the NRA he men like to indulge in.

    If shooting live targets is so much fun, why don’t they organize shooting parties so they can put on their camos, bring out their best guns to stalk and shoot each other? Imagine the possibilities… So much fun that would be, the extremest of sports.

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