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AK 47’s biggest fans? Syrians? Congolese? No! Americans!

By Shlomo Maital

        AK47                  

   A boring short news item datelined Moscow:  “Russian maker of AK-47s sells stake to investors”.   The Russian government is raising money by selling 49% of the company that makes AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles to private investors.  The weapon is named after its inventor, General Mikhail T. Kalashnikov. 

   So?

   Read on:

   “Izhevsk Machine Works…returned to profitability in recent years in large part because of robust sales to U.S. civilians. …The U.S. is the world’s largest importer of small arms, bringing in about $1.2 b. worth of guns in 2011. …Because of so many ‘bootlegs’ (copies), producing the gun of choice for a broad spectrum of people who carry firearms, from child soldiers in Africa to terrorists to rappers, was never good business for the factory known as Izhmash, until sales to relatively wealthy U.S. buyers picked up….40 per cent of the factory’s output went to gun buyers there – about the same number as bought by the Russian military.”

    Why do ordinary Americans need AK 47’s, or their civilian version?   It’s obvious. To protect themselves from the bad guys – who also have AK-47’s.   

    The crazed shooter at the Washington Navy Yard who mowed down many innocent people used a civilian version of the M-16, a lethal semi-automatic weapon that fires bursts of three bullets – burp burp burp.  That way, even if you have poor aim, you still kill your target.   And the shooter did use it as a semi-automatic.   

    Despite this, effective gun control legislation in the U.S. remains a fantasy, as the powerful NRA National Rifle Association dominates politics.   The U.S. cannot even ban purchase of semi-automatic weapons, even though such guns have no conceivable use in hunting or self-defense.   This is simply insanity. 

    There is of course an upside to this story.  With its fiscal deficits, the U.S. can solve them all forever by zero-ing the defense budget  ($729 b. in 2012)  and firing every single U.S. soldier.  Just put ordinary American citizens into the field, who own an AK-47, and they will easily match Russia’s AK-47 wielding army.  And what’s more – the Americans who own AK-47’s are mostly nutty and extreme.  So the Russians won’t have a chance.    

 

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                                                     “The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Guy With A Gun…”

By Shlomo  Maital

             handgun

   Here is a “complete the sentence” IQ test.

   “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is…”.

  What? 

   According to Wayne LaPierre, head of the powerful American National Rifle Association, the answer is:  “…a good guy with a gun.”  

    Since everyone is either a bad guy, or a good guy, in America, and since the bad guys mostly HAVE guns,  the solution, according to the NRA, is to give every good guy at least one gun,  preferably a semi-automatic with 100-bullet clips, so that you can mow down hundreds of bad guys at one time.

   But – is there any evidence supporting LaPierre?   Well, now.  Here is the evidence.  *    1.  “every time a gun in the home was used in self-defense or a legal shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.”  Oops.   2.  “..a gun is 22 times more likely to be used in a criminal assault, an accidental death or injury, than it is for self-defense.”  Oops.  3. In 2010, 31,671 people were killed by guns in America, 73,505 were treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal gunshot wounds, and 337,960 nonfatal violent crimes were committed with guns.  Of the 31,671 dead, three of five were suicides, and the vast majority of the rest were homicides by people who knew each other.   No other Western democracy can come close to matching those 31,671 deaths by gunshots.

   So, how then SHOULD we complete the sentence above?  “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is…preventing the bad guy from getting a gun in the first place, or taking it away from him or her when he or she gets one.” 

   Don’t confuse the NRA with evidence and facts.  All those facts come from Commie socialist left-wing traitorous scumbag liberals anyway. 

* Source:   Gun Science,  Scientific American, May 2013, p. 69.

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