Thursday, January 10, 2013

10 January 2013 1776 all over again

Cassi Creek:
Stanley McChrystal: Gun Control Requires 'Serious Action'
“Said McChrystal, "I personally don't think there's any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we've got to take a serious look -- I understand everybody's desire to have whatever they want -- but we have to protect our children and our police and we have to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that."
          Forced into retirement for publically criticizing the POTUS, McChrystal had standing to step into the anti-Obama role that the NRA and other firearms pushers would like to have available to serve as a credible spokesperson.  Instead, Gen McChrystal chose to poke the NRA and its minions in the eye with a bayonet.  The retired general stated that there is no need or reason for private citizens to own military grade rifles such as the AR-15 platform rifles currently available. 
          He made a point of discussing the performance of the ammunition used in the “black” or AR assault style rifles.  These are bullets designed to kill or cripple.  While they could be used for hunting, the round will destroy much of the edible meat on a deer.  The common “hunting use” for AR rifles is to kill “varmints,” and coyotes. animals that serve only as living  targets for the shooter who wants to kill for recreation. 
          I’m going to enjoy the NRA’s efforts to discredit General McChrystal.  It should be highly amusing.  LaPierre, the NRA’s mouthpiece, may just have painted himself into a corner, wearing his very own varmint suit.
          Notice the casual resemblance of the toy soldier in the cartoon above to a varmint – noisy, destructive of environment, and easily targeted by weapons it has no chance of evading or escaping.  I continue to be amused by the assumption among the 2nd amendment extremists that they, in their camouflage clothing with their “black” riles, can take on and defeat any government, let alone a tyrannical government.
          Cue the varmint call, set it for local militia.

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