Monthly Archives: February 2018

Ignore The Semantics Debate: The AR-15 Is A Military-Style Weapon

There is often a focus on semantics during gun control debates as pertaining to the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which is extremely popular and often finds itself the weapon of choice for mass shooters.

Gun advocates will point out and ridicule people for thinking that the “AR” stands for “assault rifle,” and assert that it does not fall into that category. But the fact is that the AR-15 was originally designed for the military, and the fully automatic version was actually used in Vietnam briefly. The manufacturer of the rifle couldn’t get them sold to the military, though, because the military already had the M-14.

The civilian version of the AR-15 is semi-automatic as opposed to fully automatic, but that difference can become negligible if a person customizes the weapon with bump stocks, which are legal additions that make the rifle mimic automatic fire.

So, the AR-15 can be called a “military-style” weapon. The fact remains that these rifles have characteristics, such as low recoil, light weight, fast rate of fire, and long range, which make them extremely deadly in the context of use in a mass shooting. I think these rifles can be treated the way we currently regulate machine guns (fully automatic,) which are legal but much harder to purchase and own.

Will it prevent every mass shooting?  No, but it will make them harder to carry out, and can stop some of them.  And just preventing one of these senseless tragedies is worth it.

 

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Carter Page Just Might Be Lying About Donald Trump

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page told George Stephanopolous on “Good Morning America” that he has never spoken to Donald Trump in his life, nor had any other types of correspondence with him.

However, Scott Dworkin of the Democratic Coalition Against Trump uncovered video of Page, speaking at a Sputnik News conference in December 2016, where he said he had been in a number of meetings with and learned a great deal from Trump.

So, does Page expect people to believe that he attended a number of meetings with Trump, in which he learned a great deal from him, but that he never actually spoke with him, in any form?

Watch below…

 

Trump Is Not Acting Like An Innocent Man

via CNN “New Day”

When you look at the big picture of how Trump has either leaned on, or directly asked top officials in the investigation into Russia’s interference in our 2016 presidential election for their loyalty or to help him out in some way, the pattern of behavior becomes quite clear.  Trump wants the FBI and United States intelligence apparatus to function as his own personal arm of protection.  He clearly does not view these officials as that which they are supposed to be – independent of partisan or personal influence on the part of the president – and wants them to do his bidding, which in this case is clearly to obstruct the Russia investigation.