We’ve been talking a lot with would-be buyers in states like California and Massachusetts. Illinois. Jersey. Etc.
And while I could simply be annoyed with these lost sales purely from a disgruntled capitalist perspective, it’s also the fact that these arbitrary, draconian laws are not only pointless – but they don’t do a single thing to make society at large safer. Truly.
This was a rough year for the lowly scary black rifle. True, the AR has been the weapon of choice in a few very unfortunate, high-profile incidents. But the media bias that came with it was nothing more than trying to find a lightning rod – a boogeyman for the anti-firearms contingent to rally around. To hear them tell it, if you banned the AR-15, you’d wipe out all violent crime overnight.
There’s just a few problems with that narrative. For one – and these are actual statistics and facts here – rifles are used in an absurdly small percentage of violent crimes involving firearms. As in, under 3%. And let’s also remember that the 3% is ALL rifles – from Paw Paw’s varmit-destroyer 22lr to the most tacticool of skawwy bwack wahfuls. And the second problem? Banning the weapon from lawful use only applies to those who lawfully use them. You know what else is illegal? Mowing down a nightclub full of people. That didn’t seem to stop Omar Mateen.
Let’s also remember that states don’t build enormous border walls, nor do they maintain moats filled with 30-round-magazine-sniffing alligators. So if you’re a would-be spree killer in say… California… getting those nefarious 30-round “clips” is only as difficult as driving to say… Nevada.
Here’s the point I’m driving at. All of these laws and bans are sold to the public under the guise of making our world more safe and do nothing except stop responsible owners from enjoying the same freedoms as those who ignore the law. And, yeah, sure, it sucks we can’t ship our product to 10% or so of the country – but it sucks even more that there are people out there who really think these absurd restrictions are going to save a single life.
Like it or not, we’re living on the precipice of a post-apocalyptic societal collapse. Assuming that it could happen at any given time, I’ll take my AR with a 40-round mag, thank you very much.