weapon control

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the man who created the AK-47 assault rifle, wrote a letter in which he professed his guilt and regret over his creation shortly before his death in 2013. He explained that he felt responsible for all of the deaths caused by his creation: “The pain in my soul is unbearable. I keep asking myself the same unsolvable question: If my assault rifle took people’s lives that means that I, Mikhail Kalashnikov, … am responsible for people’s deaths.” He expressed that he wished he would have created a tool to benefit farmers instead.

You are a Superman-esque superhero who has the power to split into two while halving your intelligence. Over the years you split so much, you became a weapon easily controlled by others. On chance, two of you combine, and begin to realize you are being used.

According to some people...

Responsible for the Cleveland Shooting:

-Donald Trump
-Video games
-2nd Amendment
-White people

Not Responsible:

-The Cleveland shooter

Appeals Court Says AR-15s Are Not Constitutionally Protected
Sorry, NRA: the Second Amendment does not guarantee a right to assault weapons.

This federal appellate court decision is significant for several reasons. One, the decision itself: the AR-15 assault weapon is not constitutionally protected. Two, other semiautomatic assault weapons are probably also not protected, if the reviewing court applies the standard applied by the 4th Circuit in this opinion. Three, the court that issued the opinion is known to be conservative. Four, the opinion is clear, with no room to legitimately find wiggle room or support for a a “yeah, but….” outburst from the right.

We have to remind ourselves that the constitutional checks and balances include the judicial branch. Sometimes we don’t agree with the judges, sometimes they piss us off, and sometimes we’re pleased. But the judicial system presents, right now, the most likely source of resistance to an out-of-control executive branch and a gutless, spiteful, vindictive, destructive legislative branch.

Another example emerged today of the judicial system stepping. A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the state from removing Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood, at least until an underlying lawsuit is settled.

See, it works. (Sometimes not so much, such as when Bush became president instead of Gore.)


AR-15s and other assault weapons with large magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment and can be lawfully banned, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday.

The federal appeals court – based in Richmond, Virginia, and known for its conservative bent – upheld a Maryland prohibition of assault weapons in unvarnished language, writing that “the banned assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not constitutionally protected arms.”

The Fourth Circuit ruling re-affirms previous court decisions that also placed assault weapons outside the scope of Second Amendment protections of gun ownership. But this ruling – decided 10-4 – goes further by addressing the AR-15 by name, tracing the weapon’s military pedigree from the M-16 rifle and finding that the AR-15 can be banned based on the plain language of the Supreme Court’s infamous Heller decision. (That ruling, written by the late activist conservative justice Antonin Scalia, discovered a constitutional right for individual gun ownership.)

The Heller Court had ruled that “weapons that are most useful in military service – M-16 rifles and the like – may be banned.” The Fourth Circuit picks up that language and runs with it, judging that the semiautomatic AR-15 retains key military characteristics that make the M-16 a “devastating and lethal weapon of war” and that the AR-15 can likewise be banned. “Simply put,” the Court ruled, “AR-15-type rifles are ‘like’ M16 rifles under any standard definition of that term.”

One of these bullets is a popular hunting cartridge that has been around for more than 50 years before my father was even born. The other is the bullet used in the infamous high powered assault rifle known as the AK-47. Care to guess which is which?

If you don’t know much about guns you might think that the big one is the powerful assault rifle bullet. Was it the bigger size? The gold color? Maybe that silver colored tip? As it turns out that is actually the hunting round. The smaller one is the round used in the AK.

If you thought the bigger bullet was more powerful you’re right. I’ll assume you understand the concept that force is determined by how heavy an object is going multiplied by how fast it’s going. It’s Newton’s second law of motion. Force = Mass X Acceleration. The bigger round has a heavier bullet that is going faster and remember that is the HUNTING round. Skipping the boring math the hunting round has 2,900 ftlb of energy while the AK-47 round has closer to 1,600 ftlb. The hunting round is MORE powerful than the “assault rifle” round.

Want me to let you in on a secret? Both rounds can be considered “military grade”. The big round is the 30-06 which the United States used for both world wars. The civilian market found it to be a good round for hunting deer, elk, and even bear. It’s powerful, it’s accurate, and it reaches really far. During World War 1 every country used a rifle that was about as powerful as the 30-06. Near the end of World War 2 the Germans developed the first widely produced assault rifle. The full powered rifle cartridge was far too powerful to be effective in an assault rifle so the Germans had to make a smaller and weaker round. These became known as “intermediate” rifle cartridges.

After the war other countries developed their own intermediate rifle rounds. Russia developed the 7.62X39 used in the SKS and later the AK-47. The united states would eventually make the 5.56X45.

So to wrap this up the idea of so called “assault rifles” or “assault weapons” being “high powered” is silly. They actually had to make them less powerful to work well.


Adolf Furrer’s prototype 1921 carabine at Forgotten weapons