So why does someone put up photos of AK-47s and other assault rifles on their Facebook page? Why do some of these dangerous people with guns advertise that they love guns? This is part of the problem of our crazy gun culture in America. Buy a lot of guns. Stockpile assault weapons, sometimes AK-47 type guns. Worship guns- especially the ones with a lot of capability of killing many people at a time. Is it macho? What is it? Who wants to own guns like this? It appears that quite a few young men who have serious mental health problems want them. It appears that quite a few older guys who hate President Obama, are into militia groups, or neo-Nazi sympathies love guns like this. It appears that some men who have unreasonable and trumped up fear of their own country and tyranny love guns like this. At one time not so long ago, Congress decided that it was not a good idea for citizens to be able to buy certain types of assault type weapons. But then, under great pressure from the NRA, Congress changed its' mind. It didn't have anything to do with whether it was a good idea to have an assault weapons ban like almost every country in the world. No, it had to do with the NRA. And so, we have men with problems getting guns that they shouldn't be able to have in the first place, killing innocent Americans. Where is common sense? From the linked article above:"Police identified the shooter as Thomas A. Caffall, 35, of College Station. Caffall's mother, Linda Weaver, reached by The Huffington Post, said her son was having "difficulties" with his mental health in recent years."The minute I saw the TV I knew it was him," said Weaver. "I've been that worried about him."Caffall opened fire from inside his single-family home, according to Rigo Cisneros, 40, who witnessed the shooting from across the street. Cisneros, an Army medic and Afghanistan veteran, saw police exchanging gunfire with Caffall, who remained within the house. Caffall was shot several times by officers who stormed the house after a shootout that lasted roughly 30 minutes, Cisneros said. (...)A Facebook page belonging to Caffall features several photos of assault rifles, including a Czech-made version of the AK-47. On the page, Caffall identified himself as divorced, with “Christian” religious beliefs. He lists a series of snipers, including Carlos Hathcock and Vasily Zaytsev, as "inspirational people."“I am pulling a cross between Forrest Gump and Jack Kerouac (without the drugs),” Caffall wrote on the site. “I'm on the road, permanently.”"
With all of the important issues dominating the political debate, the economy, health care, International Affairs to name a few it had slipped my mind that we did not have an assault weapons ban. Then a tragedy like the one in Aurora, Colo., reminds us of it. Maybe it had slipped my mind because banning assault weapons should be a no-brainer. No NRA lobbyist can argue that assault weapons are sold for any other purpose but to kill people. You can't use them for hunting or target shooting and they are not efficient for protecting your home and family. Therefore the only reason a person would buy one is to aggressively go out and kill people. The NRA wants to argue that any attack on guns is an attack on freedom. However no one should have the freedom to buy a weapon that is just intended to kill others.President Obama once favored a ban on assault type guns. Mitt Romney once favored a ban on assault type guns. America still favors a ban on assault type guns. Never mind. The shootings continue unabated. The sad and unfortunate thing here is that because this latest shooting only involved 3 dead, including the shooter, it is already off of the front page of most major newspapers. 32 Americans are murdered every day in America. The stories appear in the local papers where the local shootings occur and then disappear. We go on to the next tragedy or political story and continue to do nothing to stop the carnage. Americans are weary of daily shootings. They are weary of mass shootings. In polling data, as I have discussed before, they say they are in favor of sensible laws that might actually prevent people like the shooter, above, from getting guns, let alone assault type weapons, in the first place. Instead, we do nothing. Doing nothing is not an option. We are better than this. Enough.
This post from New Trajectory adds much to what needs to be said about both the shooters in the last mass shootings and the kind of weapons they have used. From the post:
There's much more that's worth reading from this post. But this is the world created by the NRA. All you have to do is read the comments on this post from some of my readers to see that they are trying to excuse the Texas shooter for posting photos of his guns on Facebook. All you have to do is read the comment that tries to make claims about why assault weapons are nothing to worry about. Here are some excerpts from these comments which you can read in full right here on this post:Of course, the gun lobby and their lap dogs want us to think that assault rifles have nothing at all do to with killing large numbers of people. If you listened to them, you’d think these “sport rifles” were only made to do target shooting and to shoot varmints.Caffall linked to an article advertising that you could get a free AK-47 with the purchase of a truck, in Florida. “anyone looking for a new car needs to read this!” he wrote.He had interesting quotes. One, inaccurately attributed to George Orwell, stated, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”He then quotes Edmund Burke with an “intellectual quote of the day”: "People crushed by the law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous."As you can see from another screencapture (which is a partial representation), his likes included pages for gun companies and organizations, like the NRA, Mosin-Nagant, Beretta, vz. 58, Glock, Dragunov.His list of “inspirational people” included snipers Vasily Zaytsev, Simo Hayha, and Carlos Hathcock, and gun inventors like Mikhail Kalashnikov, John Garand, Samuel Colt, and John Browning.
"Actually you are wrong when you state that "assault weapons" are not used for hunting. They are extremely popular for hunting. The beauty of the AR style rifles in particular is that they can change calibers by only changing the upper receiver which can be had more economically than buying a complete new rifle.
The term "assault weapon" made up by your side to encourage confusion about what they are and to help your side try to take them from us. I have to admit that the pro-crime side is very good at doing this."Right. These are guns that most people find to be not only unnecessary but dangerous for very obvious reasons. But the excuses now coming from the gun rights extremists expose them for their agenda of trying to normalize this kind of gun in our communities. And then I really like this excuse for the Facebook photos of guns and other propaganda from the far right:
" "So why does someone put up photos of AK-47s and other assault rifles on their Facebook page? "
Probably for the same reason that people put up pictures of their pets, their children, their cars, their homes, and any other thing that they have and want to share with their friends.
Outside of your world having a firearm is not something shameful. I personally wouldn't put pictures of my weapons online because I don't want to give thieves or gun-banners(I just repeated myself) ideas.You can see that the answer to my question was that posting photos of your assault guns is just the same as putting up pictures of your pets or your children or you homes. Really? Raise your hand if you believe this. America, this is the problem. Some people have no problem with this stuff and even encourage it. That's the American gun culture- alive and well. Except it's sick. Others whose comments I am not posting have been asking me to be specific about which features of assault rifles I don't like. They are snotty in their asking me because they want me to name features so they can catch me on something. What difference does it make about the features? That is a diversionary tactic. The plain and simple truth is that the American public in general does not like assault type weapons and don't want to be seeing them on our streets. They understand that these kinds of guns can kill a lot of people at one time. If we didn't have them so readily available, other kinds of guns could be used and do and will be. That's a sad fact. But if we make sure civilians don't get to buy and use weapons usually considered for the military in war zones, and the high capacity ammunition to go with them, we would be a lot better off and our streets would be safer for the innocent. Where is common sense?