Monday, January 10, 2005

The 60 Minute, 50 Caliber Terrorist

I know 60 min is so like, last century, but they still surprise me when they omit information as to their bias on certain news stories. For example, yesterday (1/10/05) they did a story supporting a new gun control bill entitled 50 Caliber Terrorist where the derided the 50 caliber rifle and showed fat "red neck" guys (i.e. chubby guys in hunting fatigues) firing the gun rapidly from a standing position. (I guess showing red neck southerners is scarier than showing turbined Arabs, but alas, I editorialize ...)


  • This is obviously a hit piece to support another weapons ban,

  • 60 min FAILED to mention that this campaign is spearheaded by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), Chair of the Task Force on Homeland Security for the House Democratic Caucus, (NY is a hot bed of gun rights as we all know),

  • You can’t fire a 50 cal rifle standing up, Arnold style, without exhausting yourself. I know, I've fired an AR15 from the standard standing, aiming, position and it is absolutely exhausting.

  • You can't aim the gun holding it at your waist so it is useless in that position; they did this simply because it looks scary,

  • They said you could buy illegal explosive ammo on the internet but, you actually can't. All such things, in the US at least, are either rip off scams or FBI stings.

  • They did mention that Gov. Arnold, just the guy you would expect to walk around with one of these things under their arm just banned them in CA.

  • Now who woulda thunk it? A republican who supports anti-gun legislation. Supprised? I'm not. Republicans are the largest group of anti-gun nuts there are. Hell, in the election the only prez candidate ever seen with a gun in their hands was Kerry, not George.

  • Lastly;

    I'd like to point out that in the hands of a Terrorist a simple box opener can bring down a skyscraper. It all has to do with the terrorist's murderous intent, and not, as the scare mongers try to make you believe, the weapon they are holding.

    At the range we call such weapons "Lonely guy guns". Usually ported by a short guy with no friends who brings a 'cannon' to the range fires it a couple of times and suddenly he is surrounded by 'friends' checking out his 'big' gun.

    Lonely guy guns ... not terrorist weapons.

    Now, lets talk about the 50 caliber pistol ... ;)

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