Lethal Weapons | Jargon, Nonsense and Reality | Video and Info
What's in a name?
As it happens, quite a bit when you are dealing with the law and, in particular, with Gun Safety Legislation.
The gun lobby (read NRA) and their puppets in local, state, and Federal governments have been exceptionally good at putting together legislation around weapon terminology.
Download: "Why Are Guns Lethal? What You Need to Know About What Guns Are And How They Work"
- by Michael R. Weisser in collaboration with William A. Weisser
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Attached is a primer in PDF form.
Called "Why Are Guns Lethal? What You Need to Know About What Guns Are And How They Work" by Michael R. Weisser in collaboration with William A. Weisser, it is a brief, but important work that helps you understand critical differences between types of firearms and the components that differentiate one from another.
As you read this, ask yourself if, perhaps, these differences sound substantial, but are simply cosmetic and are used in legislation to make a particular legal measure sound significant when it is - at best - feeble and ineffective.
How "Semi" is a Semi-Automatic?
To highlight a particularly inane difference - that being the difference between "semi-automatic" and "automatic weapons", we've added two videos below that show two different types of "semi-automatic" weapon.
These videos give very graphic illustrations about how lethal these are, and that the distinction between “semi-automatic” and “automatic” is really superficial.
It’s the difference between a victim being killed and mutilated and being killed and vaporized.
The two different weapons are a Sig Sauer MCX, which is a weapon used in the PULSE Nightclub Massacre, and AR-15, which is one of the weapons used at Sandy Hook.
It seems that gun culture – like all sub-cultures – is thick with jargon.
You’ll note that the guy in the Sig Sauer video uses all kinds of fancy, gun-culture lingo to titillate his comrades-in-arms. Also, it appears that these weapons – like automobiles – are “customizable”. They are modular and the end-user can replace the stock, the grip, even the barrel, etc.
Rapid Fire with High Capacity Magazines
These videos also give an indication about how quickly high capacity magazines can be changed and why they should be banned.
It illustrates a basic talking point: If a configuration of equipment and ammunition kills people, and kills them with bullets, and kills them in large numbers and kills them quickly, it needs to be regulated.
Ultimately, - after watching these videos – one understands fully that these weapons are both highly effective, stunningly light-weight, high-powered, rifles which, even in their “semi-automatic” state can fire over 100 rounds of ammunition, from numerous magazines, in no time at all without jamming.
Sig Sauer MCX (https://youtu.be/zmyluo3aT0Y?t=5m46s)
The weapon used in Orlando, according to news reports, was a Sig Sauer MCX. This video, posted in November of 2015, shows this weapon in action.
At 5:46, the rifleman does a "heat test" by firing 150 rounds rapidly, changing magazines after every 30 rounds or so.
If there is any debate about the speed with which these weapons fire and the danger they pose, this video should settle that.
One of the weapons used in Newtown at Sandy Hook was modeled on the AR-15.
This video shows a couple of guys putting the AR-15 through a "torture test" to show how it holds up.
At 1:45 one of them fires off 100 rounds of ammunition changing magazines after every 30 rounds or so. Then they throw in an additional 20 round magazine.
Part way through the third magazine you can see the rifleman change his trigger finger from his index to his middle finger - ostensibly due to fatigue - and continues firing.
Watch how quickly this happens. It is terrifying. Additionally, a note under the video says: "Anderson AR 15 Upper and Lower. Anderson Parts Kit, All entry Level Parts"