The most shocking testimony from yesterday’s Congressional hearings on the Gun Control Bill was from the Uvalde pediatrician charged with identifying the 10 year old victims. Some were decapitated by the force of a close range hit from an AR-15. One little girl could only be identified by the green Converse sneakers she was wearing. Imagine the pain that a parent experiences when told that there is barely enough of your child remaining to be identified.
But we can’t give up the sacred 2nd amendment right of an 18 year old to buy an AR-15. Senator John Thune of South Dakota was asked why a civilian would need an AR-15. He replied, “It’s a sporting rifle. In my state, they use them to shoot prairie dogs and, you know, other types of varmints.”
A prairie dog averages 12 to 16 inches in length and weighs 1 to 3 pounds. An AR-15 can literally disintegrate a 10 year old human child. You call that “sporting”, Senator? By the way,
the Senator has an A-plus rating with the National Rifle Association, and his campaigns have received more than $638,000 in “contributions” from the NRA during his career. Could that have influenced Thune’s love of the AR-15? Or maybe he really hates prairie dogs.
Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana followed Senator Thune’s lead. “There are 700,000 feral pigs in my state. They damage fields and crops. We use AR-15s to kill them. Why take that weapon away from us?”
The proposed bill is only taking their precious AR-15s from 18 year olds, Senator. Very few 18 year olds own farms. If a Louisiana high school senior feels threatened by a rampaging feral pig, a perfectly legal 30.06 will stop that porker in his tracks.
But wait, there’s more…Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado is noted for the AR-15 mounted on his office wall, presumably unloaded and with the safety on, though you never know. Ken is concerned about Killer Raccoons. Ken stated, “In rural Colorado, an AR-15 is the gun of choice for killing raccoons before they get to our chickens.”
Do Killer Raccoons also threaten the chicken coops in Congressional offices in D.C.? Is this why Ken keeps his trusty AR-15 ready for action?
Our Congress is commissioned with doing the greatest good for the greatest number of Americans. Apparently, we need 18 year olds to blast away with AR-15s to control vicious prairie dogs, property-destroying feral pigs, and those Killer Raccoons. If we lose a few school kids along the way, that’s OK.
Sometimes I’m embarrassed to be an American.
By Ed Dufton