Saturday, October 02, 2004

Boy, I Feel Safer, Don't You?

From the apparently real comments to a supposedly spoofed post on the far-rightwing blog Horsefeathers:
After 9/11 I woke up and started building up my own collection of military style firearms. I practice at a bare minimum of once a week, often more than that. And I'm contagious; I've gotten at least three other people to start buying guns that had not before.

The best deal going right now for a patriot on a tight budget is the Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS. It is a semi-automatic rifle which uses dirt cheap ammo (7.62x39) and is forgiving of poor maintenance. Comes with a folding bayonet and NATO standard grenade launcher. You can get one for under $100 if you look carefully. Some will deride it for not having a removable magazine like an AK47 or AR15/M16, but I contend that a man familiar with his SKS can reload with stripper clips faster than he can swap magazines.

If you go to a gun show with $250, you will go out with an SKS, a case of ammo (1,000 rds), a sling & cleaning kit. For $300 you will also get a carrying case for the rifle, a bunch of stripper clips, and much better cleaning equipment.

The ammo this rifle uses is the same as the AK47, which you will find many of your patriotic neighbors are also shooting. Standardizing on a common cartridge is a good thing.
Can anyone tell me how any of these munitions would've aided this guy on 9/11? It's comforting to know that what with the assualt weapons ban lapsing recently guys like this are free to increase their stockpiles.

Note: if you read the post that inspired this response, be sure to consult the comments for the author's followup. Apparently, Martin Kozloff, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington name wrote the initial post to illustrate how many people feel right now and claims he doesn't agree with the sentiments himself. Whether Kozloff is above board or not, I don't know, but it would seem that many of those who commented agreed heartily with the explicit anti-Arab, anti-Muslim sentiments the post laid out. The above quote comes from just one commenter proudly relating his own response to 9/11.

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