The anti-gun Left tried to push expanded background checks and failed. Now, they’re harping on increasing the age limit to buy long guns to 21; it’s 18 in most states. Florida recently passed a law that increased the age limit, with President Trump jostling with increasing the age at the federal level. Of course, this is a gross infringement on Second Amendment rights, but the pro-gun control crowd is pushing it. Why the hell not. They’ve had some legislative success here.
Yet, the complete ignorance of basic firearms knowledge has led to them stepping on a rake again, with Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts tweeting an image of a scary AR-15-style rifle to push for more gun control. The only problem is that it wasn’t an AR-15. It was a .22 caliber bolt-action rifle, which is quite common. We all know that an overwhelming majority of Democrats want to ban semiautomatic firearms, especially these so-called weapons of war. Well, the first step in making that horrible argument is knowing what these firearms look like, and knowing the difference between a bolt-action rifle and one that is semiautomatic—both of which are not scary or unusual, by the way.
This is gonna be a thread pic.twitter.com/wxPrzGHXAp— Phil (@philthatremains) March 13, 2018
The reason we need people who know something about guns to be involved in writing legislation is on display in that pic. That is a BOLT ACTION rifle chambered in .22lr. It is not a “military” rifle in ANY way. Pretty sure no military uses .22 or for anything.— Phil (@philthatremains) March 13, 2018
The fact that it is BOLT ACTION means you shoot one bullet and you need to reload the chamber manually. This is accomplished by manually pulling the action back and pushing it forward again, pushing a round from the magazine into the chamber.— Phil (@philthatremains) March 13, 2018
So when everytown says “we need to get rid of guns like this” they are actually arguing to outlaw guns generally. So when pro 2A people say “you’re trying to dismantle the 2A” and everytown says “no, we’re not” 2A people perceive that as a lie. BECAUSE IT IS.— Phil (@philthatremains) March 13, 2018
If you’re gonna engage in an honest and productive debate you must have two things.— Phil (@philthatremains) March 13, 2018
An understanding of the subject at hand.
A good faith argument.
People who want guns outlawed or further regulated have neither. Every. Single. Time.
It's par for the course. On top of not knowing basic firearms knowledge, the pro-gun control wing of America has decided to call those with whom they have disagreements on this issue terrorists. So, we're not going to bridge the divide any time soon with folks like these--why should we.