On Monday, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen let her “gun dumbness” show as she railed on against gun owners, specifically those possessing the AR-15.
Democrats’ emotionalism is on such brazen display in the never-ending gun debate. The Left is always obsessed with attaching personhood to weapons instead of focusing upon the motives of individual criminals who would harm others, no matter which weapon they choose.
The Washington Times reports Senator Shaheen’s thoughts shared Monday on the AR-15:
Ms. Shaheen claimed that what the AR-15 is “advertised as being able to do, technologically advances…killing people that previous weapons have been unable to do.”
“Somebody who is buying that kind of a weapon isn’t buying it for target shooting,” she said. “They’re not buying it to go out and hunt deer. You don’t need an AK-47 or an AR-15 to hunt deer. They’re buying it to do bad things and we need to recognize that and address it.”
In her comments, she paints the AR-15 with a homicidal brush, as if no other weapon – gun, bat, knife, hammer, fork, or car – can be used “to do bad things”. Clearly, this is nonsense. Evil in the hearts of men and women will spur them to select whichever device they want in order to hurt others. The article continues with a rebuttal to Shaheen:
According to the NRA, the AR-15 is one of America’s most popular rifle for sport shooting, hunting and self-defense due to its accuracy and modularity. The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates there are roughly 5 million to 10 million AR-15 rifles owned in the U.S.
Sport shooting, hunting, and self-defense aren’t bad things, Jeanne.
If estimates are correct, and AR-15 ownership is in the 5,000,000 to 10,000,000 range, and we weigh this against Shaheen’s claim of bad motives directly connected to AR-15 ownership, then the number of mass shootings should be astronomical. If she really believed what she was saying, why would she even step foot outside?
This is another example of liberals’ emotionalism when it comes to firearms. They don’t like guns by default, and they prefer to think we live in a world where they’re not needed. The AR-15 is just the beginning. Senator Shaheen won’t be the last one to make comments like these, and if we want to keep our gun rights we must stand firm in our struggle to persuade impressionable hearts and minds.