Here it is now. Do check out all the urgent reasons why folks like him absolutely need and must have their assault weapons.
Don't you love the patriotic music? And the clever optics? Catchy. You've got to love Chuck Woolery sitting with an assault rifle in his hand. I particularly liked the endorsement from the rapper Ice T, not exactly a role model for an upstanding citizen. Tyranny? Really? To refute just one of the many falsehoods and specious arguments in this video, here is the fact about the Yamamoto quote:
Given this, why would anyone believe the rest of the myths in this video? Woolery states his arguments with such conviction that no one could refute them, right? He states them as facts. But then, he is an actor and a game show host. I'm sure many of the gun rights extremists believe what they want to hear and hear what they want to believe. Fact checking the claims in this video is easy enough. Just for one, the National Firearms Act of 1934 refers to regulations on only certain types of guns like automatic machine guns. The original NFA of 1934 is now void. What is left of the original 1934 NFA is not an assault weapons ban by any stretch of the imagination. Unless, of course, you believe that only automatic machine guns fit the definition of assault rifles. That is where the disagreement is between the NRA and most of the rest of the country comes in. As we all know, assault type weapons are readily available at gun shows, gun shops, on the internet and from private sellers all over America ( who don't ask the buyer to go through a background check). They are even more available now that Congress let the Assault Weapons Ban sunset due to extreme pressure from the NRA.There was a good reason for the AWB. But the gun guys still love to claim that the weapons banned are just ordinary weapons used every day by themselves and their compatriots. If anyone thinks a grenade launcher is just an ordinary weapon used or needed for hunting or self defense, raise your hand. You can buy one if you want to here and other places. But I digress. If it's true that the military is the only entity that uses the term assault rifle to refer to a certain type of gun, not to be confused with assault weapons (made up by the left) why do gun shops (like this one) advertise guns as assault rifles? Why do Walmart stores sell assault rifles?Advocates of gun rights often argue that in World War II Japan was deterred from invading the U.S. mainland by a fear of American citizens with guns in their closets. They frequently quote Japan’s Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto as saying: "You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass."But this quote is unsubstantiated and almost certainly bogus, even though it has been repeated thousands of times in various Internet postings. There is no record of the commander in chief of Japan’s wartime fleet ever saying it.How do we know? We contacted Donald M. Goldstein, sometimes called "the dean of Pearl Harbor historians." Among his many books are "The Pearl Harbor Papers: Inside the Japanese Plans" (1993) and the best-selling "At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor" (1981). He is a professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He told us the supposed Yamamoto quote is "bogus."
The truth is that too many Americans are being killed by assault type weapons every year. Many Americans are killed by handguns and other guns that fire bullets as well. Even shotguns made for hunting are weapons used in homicides. The murder of a Minnesota police officer was due to a shotgun injury to his face. Another recent shooting by shotgun was a tragic hunting accident involving a Nebraska father shooting his son in the back of the head. So all guns are capable of injuring and killing people. That is their purpose. And kill they do. 32 Americans die every day from gun homicides. In total 80 Americans a day die from gun homicides, suicides and accidental shootings. When that many Americans die for the same reason or from the same disease or accident, we all put our heads together and try to do something about it. We've done so with smoking, second hand smoke, auto accidents, drunk driving, breast cancer, colon cancer, crib deaths, influenza, etc. So why not look at the problem of easy access to assault weapons and high capacity ammunition by too many people, many of whom have mass murder on their minds? (See Aurora, Colorado theater shooting) ( See Tucson mall shooting) ( See Sikh Temple shooting) (See Columbine shooting) Suffice it to say that Woolery's opinions on the subject of assault weapons are not expert opinions. He is trying to convince his audience that assault weapons are not bad and that they need to buy and own them. Follow the money. Raise your hand if you think he presents compelling reasons for the need to own weapons designed for wartime use and to kill as many people as possible.
But speaking about disagreeing, you should not disagree with a far right gun guy who believes in the apocalypse, as the woman in this incident did, and then got shot. From the article:
So this gun nut actually believes in a zombie apocalypse and used an assault rifle to shoot his girlfriend when she disagreed with him. Apparently, that's one reason that an assault rifle is necessary, according to Chuck Woolery and others like him. You just never know when the zombies are going to show up and end the world as we know it.An argument over the likelihood of a zombie apocalypse becoming a reality ended with a woman getting shot in the back by her boyfriend.According to Nassau County Detective Lt. Raymond Cote, 26-year-old Jared Gurman of Long Island had an "ongoing debate" with his girlfriend Jessica Gelderman, 27, about whether AMC's The Walking Dead could play out in real life."He feels strongly about the possibility that some military mishap could occur. She thinks it's ridiculous," Cote told reporters. "She was not taking him seriously or taking the show as seriously as he does."In the early hours of Monday morning, a text exchange between the two became heated, and Gelderman went to Gurman's apartment to calm him down.However, Gurman, who greeted her with a .22 caliber assault rifle, refused her efforts to defuse the situation, and as soon as she entered the apartment, Gurman shot her in the back."Her injuries are a shattered rib, a pierced lung, a pierced diaphragm and she is in serious, but stable condition," Cote said, noting that Gurman drove Gelderman to the hospital himself.Police arrested Gurman at the hospital and charged him with attempted second-degree murder.
Common sense tells the majority of Americans that this is Woolery foolery. It's the NRA's mythical and hyperbolic thinking. We are better than this.
Here's another entertainer who has weighed in on guns. On Nov. 26th, singer Willie Nelson put his toes in the water concerning assault weapons on CNN's Piers Morgan show:
Five months from his 80th birthday, the man with more than 60 studio albums to his credit says he grew up around guns and has no problem with hunting. In his mind, however, high-powered assault rifles are an entirely different discussion:"I don't know what I would do with a gun that would shoot 100 times," Nelson tells the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "I don't agree with that. I think it should be more regulated. I think a lot of guns - there's no need for civilians to own those. Those are for military."