Military assault rifles "were created to spray the enemy... because it was ineffective to assume young soldiers could become marksmen..."


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A long time online friend of mine, Ellen Kimball, left me the following comment on Facebook in response to my TPC post Assault weapons as hunting rifles? Why not use a flame- thrower to light a cigarette?

Michael Meade discussed the fact that military assault rifles were created to spray the enemy in a scattershot way, because it was ineffective to assume that young soldiers could become marksmen in the short period they had for any training before they went to war. They were designed to do the most damage to the largest number of targets. Now these totally indiscriminate shooting rampages can be seen at your local school or mall almost weekly.  Meade's organization is located in the state of Washington. He is very articulate on political matters, is heard frequently on KBOO community radio in Portland. He now blogs on Huffington Post and elsewhere. Cheers!

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So even those trained to use military assault rifles, specifically trained to use specific weapons that are specifically used to kill multiple human beings, are not able to use them with precision. So, Wayne LaPierre, explain to us again why anyone but those in the military should be in possession of such dangerous, unpredictable firearms? Especially dangerous, unpredictable gun owners and teachers.

On second thought, don't. Nothing you say could possibly interest me or convince me that you are nothing more than a toxic, self-serving, harebrained pitch man for the gun industry who should be at the very top of that "national database of lunatics" you so desperately want to create.

  • I've thought of my dad so many times since this all erupted.  In the early days of WWII, he was still in high school and, as so many young men did, anticipating enlisting when they came of age, he joined the ROTC.  In short order, my pops was recognized for his marksmanship.  He became something of a legendary shot, according to other people, never told to me by him.  When he went to enlist, he was 4F, and as many in similar circumstances, he actually felt ashamed he couldn't go fight in the war.  I know he felt quite conflicted years later as my mother's brother returned a hero, but a broken man.  

    Fast forward to when I was in high school, and Dad was in his 50's, and an absolute riot of blue jays descended upon our neighborhood and were divebombing us, and had hit the cat and the dogs a couple of times.  Dad pulled out the shotgun and hollered at the birds.  They seemed to pull back a bit, but dad wanted to make a statement.  There was a big one, sitting at the very top of the deodar fir on the other side of the large yard, and he was silhouetted in the circle of the sun, swaying to and fro.  One shot.  The bird disintegrated into a blast of feathers.  The birds ALL left after that.  One shot.  One fatality.  End of problem.  I was impressed.  Stunned, actually.

    The notion that you can put a spraying weapon in the hands of a young person and think they can hit anything of necessity is absurd.  Recently, an idiot opened fire here locally with an AR15, spraying about 30 bullets into a crowd of people.  Amazingly, no one got hit.  NO ONE.  How bad a shot do you have to be....?  Thank god, but, seriously?  

    Nothing good can come of these guns.  Nothing.  I'd venture at least a suspicion that the very most important shots that ever needed to be shot, when the stakes were the highest, were left to that person, who like my dad, could have shot the eyes off a snake at a hundred yards.  Anyone who owns a gun should have to qualify - just like driving - we have to prove that we can keep it between the lines, or they take us off the road at some point.

    Oh, much more 🙁

  • It was not always so; in 1967 when I was in Army basic training, the M14 rifles we trained with were incapable of automatic fire, and although already in use, we never trained with the M16. I did not train with automatic-fire capable M16 until I joined the Air National Guard in 1974, and then we were required to in 3-round bursts only... never "just spraying." #ThatWasThen