By now, we’ve all been saturated with the news from the tragic events in Orlando, FL and the resulting fall out as once again the debate over gun control ramps up. Politicians are weighing in by the dozen, and citizens everywhere are expressing their views by the truckload. A piece came across my desk this morning that just.. well, it had me shaking my head in absolute wonder.
An alleged journalist from somewhere in No Guns Allowed Country (NY) traveled to Philadelphia, PA to learn about the experience of shooting an AR-15. This gent claimed he (and his camera person) approached several shops and ranges, requesting help and information about the AR platform, and service was denied. (Excuse me- what shops, exactly? He names none of them. Oh- wait- I know why. Gun shop and range employees can smell a hit piece on the industry coming from a mile away. Of COURSE, *if* he even actually approached any other shops, he was denied service. I would have too.) Alas, he did locate a facility willing to instruct him on the AR and allow him to shoot.
Problem is, the shop owner is a former Brit who has a twisted view on who, exactly, can own a rifle and how they can go about making the purchase.
But Frank Stelmach of Double Tap Shooting Range and Gun Shop invited me, videographer Michael Sheridan and reporter Adam Shrier to come down. Stelmach is not like many gun lovers. He admires his weaponry, yes, and has difficulty explaining why law-abiding citizens need a gun that can empty a 40-round magazine in a few seconds. But he also hates the idea that “bad people” get a hold of a gun like this and use it to kill without difficulty.
“There should be expanded background checks — extending into your family, friends and associates,” he said. “And there should be a mental health screening. In Europe, if you want to buy a gun, you have to see a doctor (for a psychiatric examination) to see if something’s not right.”
Great, right? Just the type of person I want to grace with my hard-earned cash when I wish to make a purchase!
Alleged journalist, Gersh Kuntzman, goes on to claim that the actual firing of the rifle was utterly terrifying, left bruises on his shoulder, hurt his ears, and left him shaken and weak.
Awwww…. bless his little heart.
First, if the firearm left a mark on your physical being, you were either taught incorrectly, or you didn’t pay attention, or both. Second, if the sound hurt your ears, your ear protection was improperly fitted. Thirdly… well, honey, bless your heart again, all I can say is I hope you had or were supplied some extra manpons in your kit.
Mr. Kuntzman apparently got a considerable amount of mail from his initial piece. Enough so that he felt the need to write a second piece, expressing how he doesn’t need powerful weapons to be a man, and that we in the gun community are evil and mean for picking on his (apparent lack of) manhood status. Awww… I’m sorry honey, did the big bad mens and womens in the shooting community hurt your widdle feelings *again*?? Well… Bless yer heeeaarrrt, baby. Here, have another manpon and some tissues.
Mr. Kuntzman, if you honestly believed that you could produce a piece like that about the AR platform, you have your head shoved entirely too far up Mrs. Clinton’s pantsuit to think we in the shooting community would not respond. Your gender has nothing to do with our response to your blathering, and everything to do with the lack of information you presented. You went out of your way to spread fear, for what purpose? To attempt to make the shooting community look bad?
In closing, Mr. Kuntzman, I’ll say again- Bless Your Little Heart, and Your Pointy Lil’ Head. Now, honey, you might just want to go ahead and thank the lucky stars above you weren’t placed behind the trigger on an evil, unholy 12-gauge shotgun. Now go ahead, change your manpons again, and take some migraine meds and a tranquilizer and it’ll be all better soon.