Fair warning, this shit is going to get very savage, very quickly.
I had an illuminating conversation this afternoon with a woman about why she needs an assault rifle.
I had asked for what purpose could a civilian possibly need a weapon that can unload 400 rounds of ammunition in a minute.
Let me copy pasta her response here friends;
“I am the owner of AR 15 and why do I need one in my house? It is my hunting rifle; I use this rifle to stop predators (coyotes and fox) from eating my chicken, pheasant and quail that I raise. I have only ever used my AR 15 for hunting.”
This was news to me. I had no idea that you couldn’t deal with a coyote problem with a bolt action rifle. I don’t know how all the Australian farmers have been handling our fox problem over here without an AR-15 at home. Golly.
When I asked her why she couldn’t use a shotgun or a pistol to do this, she replied
“lmao… I could shoot them with my shotgun, or my pistol as well.”
So, what this lady here is telling me is that even though she could protect her chickens and pheasant and quail with a shotgun or a pistol. She still needs an AR-15 to protect her chickens.
And that’s when it hit me. No one is thinking of the chickens!
I mean, sure, people are dying at country music festivals, in movie theatres. Children are dying at school. But no one is thinking about these chickens! Did you know, you can take out 7 coyotes with 7 shots from an AR-15? A feat that would no doubt be impossible with any other type of gun and a steady aim. My goodness, how on earth did farmers protect their chickens in 1902?
Frankly, as an Australian whose country took steps to prevent these sort of atrocities in 1994, I find it downright disgusting that a person would suggest that their right to shoot coyotes trumps the right of a child to go to school and feel safe.
Here’s some statistics about mass shooting in America with Automatic Rifles over the last 35 years;
Feb. 24, 1984: Tyrone Mitchell, 28, used an AR-15, a Stoeger 12-gauge shotgun and a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun to kill two and wound 12 at 49th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles before killing himself.
Oct. 7, 2007: Tyler Peterson, 20, used an AR-15 to kill six and injure one at an apartment in Crandon, Wis., before killing himself.
June 20, 2012: James Eagan Holmes, 24, used an AR-15-style .223-caliber Smith and Wesson rifle with a 100-round magazine, a 12-gauge Remington shotgun and two .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic pistols to kill 12 and injure 58 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.
Dec. 14, 2012: Adam Lanza, 20, used an AR-15-style rifle, a .223-caliber Bushmaster, to kill 27 people — his mother, 20 students and six teachers — in Newtown, Conn., before killing himself.
June 7, 2013: John Zawahri, 23, used an AR-15-style .223-caliber rifle and a .44-caliber Remington revolver to kill five and injure three at a home in Santa Monica, Calif., before he was killed.
March 19, 2015: Justin Fowler, 24, used an AR-15 to kill one and injure two on a street in Little Water, N.M., before he was killed.
May 31, 2015: Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, used an AR-15 and .45-caliber handgun to kill two and injure two at a store in Conyers, Ga., before he was killed.
Oct. 31, 2015: Noah Jacob Harpham, 33, used an AR-15, a .357-caliber revolver and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol to kill three on a street in Colorado Springs, Colo., before he was killed.
Dec. 2, 2015: Syed Rizwyan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, 28 and 27, used two AR-15-style, .223-caliber Remington rifles and two 9 mm handguns to kill 14 and injure 21 at his workplace in San Bernardino, Calif., before they were killed.
June 12, 2016: Omar Mateen, 29, used an AR-15 style rifle (a Sig Sauer MCX), and a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol to kill 49 people and injure 50 at an Orlando nightclub before he was killed.
Oct. 1, 2017: Stephen Paddock, 64, used a stockpile of guns including an AR-15 to kill 58 people and injure hundreds at a music festival in Las Vegas before he killed himself.
Nov. 5, 2017: Devin Kelley, 26, used an AR-15 style Ruger rifle to kill 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, before he was killed.
Feb. 14, 2018: Police say Nikolas Cruz, 19, used an AR-15-style rifle to kill at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
But obviously access to Semi-Automatic Rifles hasn’t posed a problem for America. Obviously, the ability for these weapons to be customized to fire more rounds than intended for civilian use hasn’t caused multiple deaths and injuries over the last 35 years. Regardless of legality, these customization’s occur, and it was a customized weapon that allowed Stephen Paddock to kill 58 people in Las Vegas, and injure hundreds more.
What this debate ultimately boils down to, is that American gun owners care far more about their right to protect their chickens, than a child’s right to go to school and feel safe.
The image featured in this post was taken by Flickr user Mobilus In Mobili during the March for Our Lives Penn Ave Protest and appears here thanks to the beauty of the creative commons. Check out Moblius’ flickr for more fantastic shots from the March for Our Lives event.