Skip to main content

View Diary: Despite dropping popularity, NRA seeks to protect guns no matter what (119 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not a gun person and don't know anyone who is.  It just isn't now and never has been a part of my life in any way, so even though I have questions about what I watched in the vid, I don't know how to frame them.

    My first impression is that reloading (or whatever it's called) appeared to be effortless.

    It also appears that the weapon is very light and has little recoil.  Lanza appeared to be a very slight young man and I did have trouble envisioning a kid doing a Rambo (my image of how these guys look).  

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:46:10 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  You've observed correctly ... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      msmacgyver

      ...The gun is an AR-15, the platform that formed the basis of the M-16, first used extensively in Vietnam nearly 50 years ago

      The AR-15 requires you to squeeze the trigger for each shot, that is, "semi-automatic."

      The M-16 is selective fire, which means you can fire it a single bullet at a time, move a lever to fire three-shot bursts, or move the lever to go to full "automatic." That means if you squeeze the trigger and hold it down the bullets will keep firing until the magazine is empty, the gun jams or you let up on the trigger.

      What you are seeing in the video is a guy squeezing the trigger time after time as fast as he can (until near the end), emptying 20- and 30-round magazines. More than 250 rounds in less than 70 seconds.

      You are right about the recoil. The gun was designed specifically to have low recoil. As far as slight young men using them, a lot of 18-to-20-year-olds went to Vietnam (and since then, elsewhere) where they were issued one of those.  

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 04:39:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  This is the first explanation of (0+ / 0-)

        "semi-automatic" that I have understood.  

        For people like me who want to be engaged in the debate but lack personal or academic experience with guns and gun lingo, it is a very frustrating experience.

        "Assault weapons" is another issue which confuses me.  Anything that doesn't look like a gun carried or used by Maverick looks like an assault weapon to me.

        I knew several slight young men who went to Vietnam.

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:00:04 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site