Let’s start with an astounding paragraph from Karen Tumulty’s story in Monday’s Washington Post on the killing of 50 people and wounding of 53 others at a nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning.
He did it with a handgun and an AR-15 — the same semiautomatic rifle that was part of the arsenals used to kill 12 people in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2012; 20 first-graders and six adults later that year in Newtown, Connecticut.; and 14 others at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California last December.
We are talking about a killing machine, but here is what the National Rifle Association wrote about this weapon in its blog:
Today, the AR-15 has soared in popularity amongst gun owners, due to a wide-range of factors. It is customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate that can be used in sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations.
This rifle is a semi-automatic spin off of the US Army’s M16 fully automatic rifle. Semi-automatic means that it will fire bullets as fast as a person can pull the trigger. It is meant to kill — fast — and in great numbers — just like it did in Aurora and Newtown and San Bernardino — and Orlando.
Here is another quote from Monday’s Washington Post Wonkblog:
America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” American-born al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn said in a video. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?
Our gun laws are an invitation to kill. They would be ludicrous if the situation were not so tragic. By their fruits you know them (Matt 7:16) and the fruits of our gun control laws are bitter indeed — no, they are fatal.
The second amendment rightly protects our right to bear arms for hunting, sport, self-defense and other legitimate purposes. There is no legitimate purpose for making this kind of weapon available to the general public.
The issue is one of common sense and self-defense … the defense of our culture and our way of life.
Image Credit: Mounting Scope on AR-15, Flickr
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