I originally posted this story on psipook.com in 2004 when I first learned of the existence of this thing called an AR-15, a gun that has featured in so many killings in the US.
Since then, the AR-15 has been in the news a great deal (see the foregoing link), but time nor the repetition of tragedy have dulled my incredulity that pretty well anyone can go out and buy themselves a military-grade weapon.
So for no particular reason other than my mind is still boggled, here’s that post again.
Shoot the neighbours
This morning I had a pair of sick-world revelations.
I was reading an online BBC report about how Clinton’s ban on the purchase of assault weapons is about to be repealed.
That was sick world feeling number one.
Sick world feeling number two: the BBC, to help its non gun-toting readers along, listed three typical assault weapons — the AK47, the Uzi and something called an AR-15, which was described as a civilian version of the military M-16.
A civilian version of the M-16!
What civilian application can there be of a weapon that fires 1000 rounds per minute, is deadly at ranges over a kilometre and whose bullets can penetrate house walls?
You can imagine the scene in American suburbs. The sun is shining, the butterflies are flapping in the garden.
Hubby tells wife,”Hey, hon, I’m hefting my AR-15 so I’m just out to cut the grass. And then I’m going to shoot it. And then I’m going to shoot the flowers a while.”
“OK, hon. I’ll be right here in the kitchen with my Uzi shooting the washing up.”
“Then maybe later I’ll put up that book shelf in the den.”
“Make sure you shoot it after. You know you sometimes forget.”
“Hey, how about we get the neighbours round tonight for a cook out?”
“And then we can have a nice shoot out together. Sounds blissy.”
“Say, did you feed the dog?”
“No, but I did shoot it.”
“Well, that should keep him happy a while.”
Guns don’t kill people. Idiots with guns kill people.
September 14, 2004
That was 2004. There have been a lot of shooting events since then. Now I would have to add extra dialogue to reflect the current reality. Such as:
“Well, hon, I’m just going to drop by the school to shoot the kids.”
“OK, make sure you get a couple of teachers too. Oh, by the way, can you pick up a pack of brats on the way home?”
“Sure thing, hon. Now don’t go restricting my right to bear arms while I’m out.”
“No chance of that darling. I need my gun to protect myself from idiots with guns.”