Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
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.
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.