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NFATCA Report: V22N2

By Jeffrey Folloder

It’s the User, Not the Weapon

Make no mistake: the world of NFA firearms is squarely in the target sights of the gun control crowd. Take, for example, a cleverly disguised hit piece in the October 6, 2017, edition of The New York Times by Texas writer Richard Parker, penned as an Op-Ed article. Parker starts off by describing some “sensible” gun control efforts as being deficient because such things “treat[s] a symptom, but not the disease.” He’s one of us, right? Parker then goes on to describe the folly of enacting bans and controls based upon how a weapon looks, instead of how it works. He fills in some blanks, lightly painting himself as someone who is part of the gun world. He suggests that he could be a hunter and that he was issued a real M-16 by Uncle Sam. And then he turns his gaze upon simulated full-auto fire and illegal conversions of existing weapons.

We have somebody who is balanced and “rational,” weighing in on how to solve the problems of spree killers and others who would use automatic fire (genuine or simulated) in order to commit their heinous acts. Parker goes on to extol how “easy” it is to convert an AR or SKS semi-automatic to fully automatic fire. He provides bona fide working links to YouTube videos and Amazon books that show you just how it’s done. He then suggests that it might not be as easy as he paints, but that it certainly can be done with a bit of effort. It is for this reason that Parker opines that banning so-called bump stocks is a fool’s errand because … It is so easy to make the real thing.

“The only solution, it seems, is to extend the ban on automatic weapons to include gas-powered, semiautomatic rifles that are merely modified versions of their military analogues. … After Las Vegas, we can’t close our eyes to the ease with which someone can unleash automatic weapon fire on a crowd of people. Nor can we pretend that banning just one...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N2 (February 2018)
and was posted online on December 22, 2017

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