Not quite back on topic but moving in that direction…
Yesterday Gersh Kuntzman with the New York Daily News wrote about his emotional reaction to firing an AR 15:
Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).
The recoil bruised my shoulder, which can happen if you don’t know what you’re doing. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.
This display of journalistic pants wetting predictably lead to much fun being had at Kuntzman’s expense. Today Kuntzman came back for more, hilariously complaining about all of the emails he received calling him a girly man:
…the majority of email senders trained their laser sights on my masculinity — often in graphic terms that would sound more appropriate in a magazine about erectile dysfunction or an ad for Depends.
…Others sent me videos of 7-, 10- and 12-year old girls firing the same weapon I fired — except these kids were smiling.
For those who haven’t fired a semi automatic .223 rifle, I should point out that while the videos he received are no doubt examples of conservatives being enamored with girlpower, they aren’t feminist hyperbole. These rifles are in fact very polite to shoot, and a child can manage the recoil*. I first fired a .223 in grade school. It was my uncle’s varmint rifle, and I loved it because it was so easy to shoot. It had more kick than my Ruger 10/22, but was far more pleasant to shoot than any other rifle I had fired.
The funny thing is that after Kuntzman’s second piece I no longer think he made the whole thing up for propaganda effect. I now believe he was serious when he wrote that firing an AR 15 made him “irritable and jittery for hours”. While shooting a rifle made him weepy, getting made fun of on the internet made him too afraid to write articles about guns. Won’t some big strong man come and save him?
Besides, if masculinity is defined by the power to commit violence on a wide scale, I proudly choose femininity. At one time, “being a man” meant standing up for what you believe in — and against injustice. By that definition, we need more real men in power taking on bullies like the NRA, which seeks to bolster the Second Amendment by shutting down opponents’ right to the First. We can’t even debate guns in this country, thanks to the gun lobby.
Hat Tip Instapundit.
*The right age to take a child shooting, and what kind of rifle they should first shoot are questions beyond the scope of this post. However, I’m sure opinions on this will be shared in the discussion.