The New York Times published an editorial today praising the Tucson, AZ City Council after their move to require background checks at gun shows before firearm purchases can be made. The author went on to mention the 2011 Tucson shooting that killed 6 and injured Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords, referring to the gun that shooter Jared Loughner carried as an “assault weapon”.
Loughner carried a Glock 19 (pictured to the right), a mainstream, run of the mill 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Our government and media have cleverly managed to make a segment of our populace believe that anything short of a revolutionary musket or 18th century Derringer (the weapon that John Wilkes Booth used to kill Lincoln) to be “assault weapons”, a term coined in the media to elicit thoughts of senseless violence and murder – a bloodbath.
A link to the entire editorial is below. To those who believe I’m giving this author undue exposure by making light of this story, you’re exactly right. I want people to recognize how dangerous this discussion has gotten, and how close we are to re-defining the term “assault weapon” to mean almost anything, giving the government ample opportunity to significantly expand their weapons bans.