The NRA Wants “War” Against Animal Advocates….Bring it On

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When not shilling for money on the backs of ruthlessly murdered grade school children or giving dystopian filled fear mongering speeches about the dangers of the “left wing” to “real” Americans, the gun industry/far right front group, the National Rifle Association (NRA), has decided to “declare war” against animal advocates.

From the article:

The gun group is rolling out a new ad campaign geared toward hunters, a segment of firearm owners whose concerns have been eclipsed as the NRA transformed into a political powerhouse and threw its weight behind fights over self-defense and access to weapons. To sway its audience, the NRA is deploying its favorite tactic. It is trying to scare them.

“To save hunting, you must understand the terms of the battle,” a landing page for the campaign reads. “Because the animal rights extremists fighting to destroy hunting have an even more destructive goal: the systematic diminishment of humanity itself.”

The ad campaign consists of 10 videos paired with essays, featuring appearances and bylines by notable hunters and outdoorsmen like David Draper, a well-known writer for Field & Stream magazine. Put together, the package paints a picture of a world where hunting is under threat by animal rights activists.

I find it quite amazing how one minute killing cartels like the NRA and their members label animal advocates as “bunny huggers” or “snowflakes” while in the next breath compare us to terrorists like Al Qaeda.

From the article:

The NRA handed off Weaver’s hunting outreach duties to Josh Powell, now the national spokesman for NRA Hunting, who is not shy about being political.

“We are in the middle of a war,” he says in one of the campaign’s videos, before comparing tangling with organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society to “dealing with Al Qaeda.”

I can’t name any wildlife advocates that affiliate with PETA and even fewer that agree with their belief system. Actually it seems to me that the NRA and the famous chickenhawks that lead them or sit on their board are once again using fear and division to raise money. This kind of inflammatory rhetoric and calls for “war” against animal advocates may very well raise a lot of money but not in the way that they think. Calling millions of people “terrorists” and comparing them to international terror outfits hasn’t worked to well for other far right zealots, has it? In fact, as a veteran, I have a real problem with an organization with cowardly draft dodgers at the helm calling myself and others in the animal advocacy movement “terrorists.”

We are not the ones using FEAR to raise money. We are not the ones using FEAR to pass anti-free speech laws at the behest of “affiliate groups.” We are not the ones using FEAR to push for the eradication of imperiled predator species like wolves and grizzlies in Congress and through the courts. We aren’t the ones using FEAR to make every rube believe that over the last eight years the “scary black man” in the White House was going to knock on your door and take your precious guns. Instilling FEAR is a component of TERROR thus leading to terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic most often used to achieve political gain. Remind me again who look like the REAL “terrorists” here? It sure isn’t the millions of animal advocates. Could it instead be the behemoth gun industry/far right front group that uses FEAR to rake in the dollars?

Pot meet kettle NRA. It’s actually quite pathetic that these big tough, rugged, and “patriotic” Americans are so scared of the little snowflake bunny huggers like myself and the millions of other animal advocates. I guess they better just go buy more guns………

 

Wisconsin GOP Legislature Seeks to Attack Free Speech, Allow Toddlers to Hunt, and Promote Trespassing and Poaching: Just Another Week in the Bloodsport Capital of the United States

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This activity should be ancient history like this painting. Instead this is “recreation” in Wisconsin and more important than YOUR First Amendment rights.

The poor great white hunter. They are such a persecuted entity in the state of Wisconsin. Not only can they shoot, arrow, hound, trap,bait, and kill almost any species throughout the year they also control the governorship, legislature, Natural Resources Board, courts, county boards, and apparently every other government entity, but that is apparently not enough.

As I pointed out last week there is a new extremist killing cartel shill in the legislature to take the place of the disgraced Scott Suder (R-ALEC) as the mouthpiece for the bear hounders. This week the legislative mouthpiece for the extremist killing cartels, Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-WBHA), introduced legislation to criminalize the First Amendment for those that share a different ideology and have the nerve to videotape and report on the myriad of illegal and unethical behaviors perpetrated by bear hounders and baiters on OUR public lands.

Jarchow stands with hunters? I didn't know hounders, baiters, and trappers were real

Jarchow stands with hunters? I didn’t know hounders, baiters, and trappers were real “hunters.”

Yes nothing says “family friendly” like using packs of vicious dogs to rip apart bear and other wildlife 24/7/365. Nothing says “family friendly” like depositing almost FIVE MILLION gallons of stale junk food on our public lands for SIX MONTHS in the hopes of conditioning and later executing a bear while eating. I would also like to know which “fishermen” are being “harassed?” While I am not a fan of fishing I know plenty of fishermen that sure wouldn’t want to be lumped in with hounders, baiters, and trappers.

Those “few precious days” for bear hounders start July 1st of each year and lasts until mid October. For bear baiters they have a full SIX MONTHS to deposit their stale junk food on OUR public lands. But that is never enough for extremist wildlife killers and their shills like Jarchow.

Let’s get to the real point behind this bill. The bear hounders/baiters and their mouthpiece, lobbyist Bob Welch, know that the group Wolf Patrol has shone a light onto the depraved and often illegal world of the whole hounding/baiting “culture” so this bill is another legislative attack against those with a differing ideology. One look at the terminology that Jarchow (R-WBHA) uses in his “press release” shows exactly what this is about. It also doesn’t hurt to look at those commenting on his Facebook page and the symbols that they use on their profiles. Here is an example of what is used by at least two of his fans.

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One of Rep. Jarchow's bill supporters. Screenshot shared under Fair Use.

One of Rep. Jarchow’s bill supporters. Screenshot shared under Fair Use.

This is all about wolves and the desire of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association (WBHA) and affiliated groups to eradicate them from our landscape. The calls of “smoke a pack a day” from these people show exactly what the ultimate goal is. While I may have small differences with the Wolf Patrol, they are doing what needs to be done. They are showing blatant illegal behavior perpetrated by hounders, baiters, and trappers while the Wisconsin DNR does NOTHING as usual. Jarchow and his buddies in the hounder/baiter groups don’t like the public seeing what their “sport” is all about and how they flaunt the breaking of laws and defile OUR public lands with their bait and legalized animal fighting.

This bill like so many others in Wisconsin is emblematic of what our state has become since 2010. Freedom of Speech only applies if you agree with the majority party currently in power and if you are a politician/supporter caught breaking the law they will just change the law to make the illegal behavior legal. Then if you are a “watchdog” that catches onto and reports the illegal behavior you will be demonized and the law will be changed just as Jarchow is trying to do here.

Jarchow makes the claim that the thought of a “hunt” being “ruined” by an “extremist group” makes him “sick.” You know what makes me sick? The disingenuous crap put forth by Jarchow and his followers that makes it seem like using PUBLIC lands and exercising our Freedom of Speech rights are something to be made illegal. While Jarchow and his benefactors in the killing cartels love to make inflammatory and untrue accusations they seem to be forgetting that it was the hounders that were harassing, blocking, and following those seeking to document what the hounders and baiters were doing as shown in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrNyjK7eL_M

The hounders blocking the Wolf Patrol vehicle can even be heard claiming that “they are the law.” This is not an uncommon mindset amount hounders and baiters in Wisconsin. They are pandered to by legislators like Jarchow and are essentially given free reign by the Wisconsin DNR and local law enforcement agencies to do whatever they want. They can dump MILLIONS of gallons of stale junk food as bear bait all over OUR public lands, allow their dogs to run rampant on OUR public lands, and get a $2500 check from the Wisconsin DNR each time one of those free roaming dogs gets killed by a wolf, but it’s wildlife advocates that are “extremists” and doing the “harassing?”

What Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-WBHA) is going here is criminalizing free speech and the free navigation of OUR public lands. He is writing into law that hounders, baiters, and trappers will have free rein to behave as they want on OUR public lands and the “criminal” in the matter are the ones documenting illegal behavior. Remember that most of the hounding and baiting occurs on OUR National Forest land and this smacks of nothing more than a takeover of these lands by the extremist “hunting” elements in our state. It is also another example of trying to criminalize free speech and those that have a differing ideology from the right-wing extremists that currently run our state. Jarchow is a wealthy lawyer and should at least have some understanding of the United States Constitution and American law, but his false premise of a “right to hunt” taking presence over free speech and free passage on OUR public lands is highly disturbing. Not surprising considering the power drunk cabal that he is a part of at the state Capitol, but still disturbing.

Jarchow, in his “press release” makes the claim that hunting is a “family friendly” activity and it is somehow the “job” of government and elected representatives to get kids outside and killing’ instead of staying “indoors watching TV or surfing the internet.” Not coincidentally there are two more disturbing and likely related proposals that have been introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature.

The first proposal spearheaded by Wisconsin Representative and convicted wildlife violator, Joel Kleefisch, would remove the age limit for hunting in Wisconsin for “mentored hunting” along with any limitation on the number and types of weapons that can be used.

SB 301

An Act to repeal 29.592 (3); and to amend 29.592 (1) (intro.) of the statutes;
relating to: eliminating age requirements for participating in the hunting
mentorship program and hunting devices authorized to be used under the
hunting mentorship program.

Want to take your infant or toddler out and let them hound, trap, arrow, bait, or shoot wildlife? This proposal would allow that. Is it a coincidence that Jarchow mentioned how horrible it was for youth to watch TV and use the internet when there is all that good killin’ to be done?

The next proposal, also championed by convicted wildlife violator, Rep. Joel Kleefisch, seeks to remove the current decades old requirement that hunters wear backtags for identification and to help prevent trespassing.

Under current law, when the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issues
a person an archer hunting license, a deer hunting license, a bear hunting license,
an elk hunting license, a sports license, or a conservation patron license, DNR also
issues a back tag to be attached to the person’s outermost garment when that person
is hunting as authorized by the license. This bill eliminates the requirement that
DNR issue a back tag with any of these licenses and the requirement that the licensee
attach a back tag to any garment while hunting.

This proposal should be renamed the 2015 Poaching and Trespassing Protection and Enablement Act. What benefit is there to the general public for the backtag requirement to be removed other than to protect those breaking the law? Just like Jarchow’s attack on the First Amendment it seems that the whole goal is to provide complete cover for those that want to poach, trespass, and otherwise violate the law. What other explanation is there? The answer is easy enough to find by checking to see which “hunter” groups support these proposals.

For the backtag removal bill these are the groups lobbying in support:

2015-2016 Legislative Session
Senate Bill 289
Relating to: back tag requirements. (FE)
1
National Rifle Association of America
For For
Notified Date: 10/13/2015
2
Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association
For For
Notified Date: 10/8/2015
3
Wisconsin FORCE (Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, & Educators, Inc.)
For For
Notified Date: 10/8/2015

For the removal of age limits for the “hunter mentorship” program:

2015-2016 Legislative Session
Senate Bill 301
Relating to: eliminating age requirements for participating in the hunting mentorship program and hunting devices authorized to be used under the hunting mentorship program.
1
National Rifle Association of America
For For
Notified Date: 10/13/2015
2
Whitetails of Wisconsin
For For
Notified Date: 10/12/2015
3
Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association
For For
Notified Date: 10/12/2015
4
Wisconsin FORCE (Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, & Educators, Inc.)
For For
Notified Date: 10/12/2015

What do all of these groups have in common? All but the NRA have the same lobbyist. That lobbyist is none other than Bob Welch, he of the windtunnel tested hair and hatred of wolves. The one group listed as in favor of eliminating the age restriction that he lobbies for, “Whitetails of Wisconsin,” is a lobbying group for canned hunting operations in the state. I guess allowing toddlers to shoot and kill hand raised animals behind fences must be good for business.

It’s the same names and same nefarious agendas at play here as those seeking to eradicate our wolf population. In what world does it make sense to criminalize free speech and then work to protect poachers and trespassers from being identified?

Please let Rep. Jarchow know what you think about his attempt to criminalize free speech here:

(608) 267-2365

Rep.Jarchow@legis.wi.gov

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/28/jarchow/contact-me/

Then contact YOUR state representatives and speak out against all of these insane proposals:

Find Your Legislator 

The ONLY positive to be taken from these proposals is that the hounders/baiters are scared that their sadistic behavior and “culture” of legalized animal fighting and unethical practices are being exposed to the light. Those that participate in and benefit from the killing culture of this state are also in a panic because more and more people are turning away from bloodsports or not participating in them starting in their youth. This means less and less funding for agencies like the Wisconsin DNR that exist solely for the benefit of those that kill, torment, and exploit our “natural resources.” Much like the deplorable “ag-gag” bills across the country Jarchow’s attack on free speech and navigation of OUR public lands will get its day in court. Glass houses……stones………

**UPDATE**

It turns out that according to the legislative website of Rep. Adam Jarchow, he is a member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, National Rifle Association, and the Polk County Sportsmen’s Club. No conflict of interest here is there?

Biography
Born St. Paul, Minn., November 10, 1978; married; 2 children. Graduate Clear Lake H.S. 1997; B.S. finance U. of South Florida 2001; J.D. U. of Florida 2004. Attorney. Member: Polk Co. Economic Development Corporation (secy.); National Rifle Assn.; Polk Co. Sportsmen’s Club; Wis. Bear Hunters Assn.; Apple River Fire Dept.
Elected to Assembly 2014.

NRA: Great White Hunter “Attacked” by Wolves In Wisconsin…….Not Likely

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This photo from Photobucket says it all about this story.

Oh the NRA you silly thing. Not content being just a mouthpiece for the firearm industry and providing cover for mass shooters the country over, this group now decides that it wants to make a “hero” out of a man that claims to have been “attacked” by wolves in Adams County Wisconsin.

The “Attack”

Matthew Neillessen is apparently like any other “great white hunter” that plagues the Wisconsin landscape. He calls himself an “avid hunter” and uses much of the usual propaganda and even surprisingly claims to “love” wolves. Here is the account from an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

On that late September day, Nellessen claims he was attacked by three wolves.

“It was terrifying,” Nellessen, 34, said by phone on Wednesday. “I had to switch into self-defense mode.”

If confirmed by law enforcement officials, it would be the first wolf attack on a human in the state.

Nellessen was traveling alone when he encountered the wolves. He had parked his truck along a main access road at Colburn Township, a 4,965-acre property in north-central Adams County. The wildlife area is mainly lowland brush and sedge marsh with some higher areas of aspen, pine and oak forest.

An avid deer hunter, Nellessen thought the day was too warm to hunt and decided to scout for a new hunting area on the public property.

He had traveled about 1,200 yards from his truck, generally going north to south. He was wearing blue jeans, a black T-shirt, combat boots and a camouflage cap. He also had a .38-caliber pistol on his hip.

Nellessen said he was following deer trails on a ridge covered with small pines. At about 5 p.m., he turned down a trail and moved east, into the light wind and through a densely-vegetated pocket.

“All of a sudden I was facing wolves,” Nellessen said. “I think I stumbled into their bedroom. They were only 30 feet away and they started coming at me.”

Nellessen, who served in the U.S. Army from 2002-’04 and 2006-’13, said his firearms and self-defense training kicked into gear. He pulled out his pistol.

“I kicked the wolf coming from my right, and when the closest one on the left was about five feet away, I fired and hit it,” Nellessen said.

At the sound of the gunshot, all three wolves moved off. The wounded wolf “hunched up,” Nellessen said, before disappearing from sight.

He retreated in the direction of his truck, with pistol ready, he said. He phoned his wife when he made it about halfway to the road.

“I thought if I was going to get attacked again, at least she’d know where I was and what was happening,” Nellessen said.

I don’t know about you but my BS meter is pinging after reading this account. But it gets better.

“I hope it’s all right,” Nellessen said. “The thing is, I love wolves. I wouldn’t ever shoot one if I didn’t feel like I was in danger.”

Sure….. Funny thing is that after contacting the DNR about this “attack” Nellessen also apparently made another contact. He apparently contacted the NRA and had a fluff piece written up in one of their propaganda magazines.

This is what was written in the NRA’s ammosexual “horn porn” magazine called “American Hunter.” The title of the propaganda piece article is: Worldwide Exclusive: Wisconsin Deer Hunter Fends off Wolves with Walther PK .380

Nellessen attributes his ability to survive the encounter to his military experience and the small sidearm he carried with him that day.

“I’d be dead without my military experience,” he said. “A single bullet saved my life … a .380 FMJ.”

Phone calls and emails to the Wisconsin DNR confirm: “The Wisconsin DNR along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are currently investigating a report of a wolf interaction on or about that date. That’s all we can say since there is an ongoing investigation.”

Matthew Nellessen, who says he is now “In the market for a bigger gun,” renewed his NRA membership four days ago.

After reading this fluff piece now would be a perfect time to visit this site and press the big red button:

The Shiiiit Button

I served in the military as well and my military experience has allowed me to know when I read a BS story and this is a BS story. This guy was so “terrified” that the first thing he did, allegedly after notifying the Wisconsin DNR, was contact the NRA and have a fluff piece written about this “attack?” You see this is where facts start to creep forth and as with every other NRA/right wing “hero” we begin to see the true character of the parties involved.

The “Attack Survivor” 

Upon doing a little research it was found that the “attack victim” and NRA “hero,” Mr. Nellessen, happens to be a wildlife violator that was cited and convicted just this past December of “road hunting.” This means that he was likely shooting at animals from the confines of his vehicle and got caught. Why didn’t the NRA mention that in their little fluff piece? From The Wisconsin Circuit Court Access System:

The defendant Matthew J Nellessen was found guilty of the following charge(s) in this case. Hunt Within 50 Feet of Road’s Center.

From the same incident:

The defendant Matthew J Nellessen was found guilty of the following charge(s) in this case. Place/Possess/Transport Loaded Firearm in Vehicle.

So why didn’t the NRA mention this in their “Worldwide Exclusive?” That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that they allow a multiple time convicted poacher to sit on their board.

What is most telling to me is this quote from the Wisconsin DNR Chief Warden:

Todd Schaller, DNR’s chief warden, said the incident shouldn’t be referred to as an “attack” until the work was finalized. In a statement from Jim Dick, DNR communications directory, the agency said Nellessen “was not physically attacked and was unharmed.”

Just a hunch but this is what I think happened. This is just speculation and I could be completely wrong but………

The “great white hunter” despite his claim of “loving wolves” came across a wolf or wolves while he was out looking to kill a deer. He was probably upset that he couldn’t find a “trophy buck” and like many other “great white hunters” blamed wolves for eating them. So by chance the NRA “hero” comes across a wolf or wolves and opens fire in a fit of rage hitting at least one of the wolves causing a wound. The wolf then runs away. In a panic the “NRA hero” realizes that he just shot a federally protected species and only wounded it so the old “SSS” (Shoot, Shovel, and Shut up) wasn’t possible in this case so he had to make it look like he was “attacked” so if a dead wolf was found self-defense could be claimed. So the “great white hunter” contacts the Wisconsin DNR to report that he was “attacked” by a pack of wolves and shot one. To further back up his story he reaches out to the propaganda artists at the NRA who subsequently write an ammosexual fluff piece making him look like a “hero” that “survived” being “attacked” by a vicious pack of wolves.

Again this is purely speculation on my part, but…….

If it is determined Nellessen tried to poach a wolf or acted in another illegal fashion, officials say he could be charged. The penalty for illegally taking a specimen protected by the Endangered Species Act is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine, according to USFWS supervisor Patrick Lund.

I don’t think Mr. Nellessen should be in the market for a bigger gun, he should be in the market for a good lawyer…….

Another Mass Shooting: When Did the Constitution Become a Suicide Pact?

M-16 rifle "family."  Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

M-16 rifle “family.”
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Another week and another mass shooting. Another loser with unlimited access to numerous weapons destroys the lives of dozens of people in a matter of seconds. Why? We keep hearing some politicians clamoring for “solutions” while others continue to pander to the sick gun culture that permeates our society. As I have stated before I am a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, have worked in the law enforcement field for almost half of my life, and own a firearm for home protections. Guns do not scare me. The people that fetishize and worship the gun are what scares me. The idea that “nothing” can prevent these senseless murders is even more horrifying. Take this from Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson: 

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, speaking after a tour of a Madison manufacturer, called for a “thoughtful” discussion on the issue but said he wasn’t sure anything could be done to prevent the shootings.

“I’m not sure, I have my doubts,” Johnson said. “Take a look right now at background checks. We have them in place and so many of these tragedies, the laws we have put in place haven’t prevented them.”

Of course “nothing” can ever be done to prevent these mass murders when you worship at the altar of gun fetishism and are a tool of the gun industry front groups, right Ro Jo?There is plenty that can be done if Americans would stop pretending that the Constitution is a suicide pact that cannot be adapted for the times that we live in. The Second Amendment that is worshipped by the gun fetishists states that there is a right to “keep and bear arms.” It doesn’t say a damn thing about a right to shoot anything and everything and have access to each and every type of firearm imaginable. For gun fetishists this part of the Constitution takes priority over every other part because having access to their killing toys is more important than even the right to live for most Americans. I would wager a bet that the vast majority of gun obsessed Americans also consider themselves “pro-life” yet they seem to have no problem blowing off each and every increasingly frequent instance where LIFE is eradicated in schools, theaters, office buildings, malls, etc., as an “isolated incident.” They are only “pro-life” when it does’t get in the way of their gun worship I would bet.

The way politicians pander to the extreme gun crowd, who are referred to as “ammosexuals” by many on my side of the political spectrum, is for me the most terrifying aspect of the culture of our country. What other supposedly “civilized” country has mass shooting occur almost daily in homes, schools, theaters, malls, and other public gathering places like we do in the United States? After each mass killing the two sides form ranks and repeat the same mantras and then we all revert back to the status quo within a couple of weeks or sooner depending on when the next football “scandal” drops or when the next dude decides that he is a chick to take away media focus from real societal issues.

The status quo is no longer acceptable and those that keep saying that “nothing” can be done can frankly piss off. A select element of our society has turned our Constitution into a suicide pact that allows the weak and cowardly types to use their ownership of guns to intimidate and bully the rest of us. When our streets begin to look like Baghdad or Kabul because some chickenhawk that failed in every aspect of their life decides to strap on an assault rifle and parade around Target or walks into a school and executes children it shows how the gun obsessed element of our society has indeed made the Second Amendment a suicide pact.

We keep hearing about how the “power and influence” of groups like the National Redneck Rifle Association (NRA) prevents Congress and other government institutions from meaningfully tackling gun issues. Why is that? Why do our elected politicians grovel at the feet of an organization led by a typical chickenhawk and that allows convicted poachers and draft dodgers to sit on their “board.” Why are they so terrified of these people? Why do thousands of people have to die each year because of the whims of these people and their “influence?” Why does the general public need to be held hostage by these goons and their “influence?” How many more kids have to be executed by another bowl haircutted loser with easy access to weapons designed only to KILL?

The gun fetishists, not content at perverting the Constitution, even try to change the terminology of what these weapons designed to KILL are used for. During World War Two Nazi Germany designed and fielded what became known as the first “Assault Rifle,” the Sturmgewehr 44. This weapon, translated into English as the “Assault Rifle 44,” is the forefather of every other similar type of weapon strictly designed to KILL on the battlefield. This includes the Russian AK-47American M-16, and the “civilian” equivalent and gun fetishist favorite the AR-15. As is usual with the right wing and killing obsessed groups in the United States, the NRA and similar organizations have sought to sanitize the terminology and convince people that these KILLING implements really aren’t that and are merely ” modern sporting rifles.” You read that right. Weapons designed to be used on the battlefields of Bastogne, Khe Sanh, Mogadishu, Baghdad, Kabul, and a myriad of other battlegrounds since 1944 are merely “modern sporting rifles.” Much like how the killing cartels, the NRA included, sanitize the killing of animals by referring to it as “harvesting,” ASSAULT rifles are now “modern sporting rifles.” This is how the NRA defines the term “assault rifle” because they apparently are now so all powerful that they can even change the meaning of words in the dictionary:

By U.S. Army definition, a selective-fire rifle chambered for a cartridge of intermediate power. If applied to any semi-automatic firearm regardless of its cosmetic similarity to a true assault rifle, the term is incorrect.

Of course the NRA doesn’t tell you why it would be “incorrect” for this term to be applied to these weapons. This is how Merriam-Webster defines an assault rifle:

Full Definition of ASSAULT RIFLE

: any of various automatic or semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines designed for military use

The gun fetish groups would like you to believe that the terms like “assault rifle” were constructs of the “liberal media” and that because and AR-15 only looks exactly like an M-16 they are two completely different things. Of course they neglect to mention that these “modern sporting rifles” fire the exact same ammunition, use high capacity magazines, and function EXACTLY the same as their military equivalent minus the ability for full automatic fire. According to gun industry front groups like the “National Shooting Sports Foundation” these weapons are no more powerful than average hunting rifles and gosh darnit “they are a lot of fun to shoot!” So why do most mass shooters choose “modern sporting rifles” or rapid firing pistols to carry out their carnage instead of “traditional hunting rifles” if they are no more powerful or effective at killing?

As I pointed out earlier the term “assault rifle” came from the German designed Sturmgewehr 44. This translated into English means ASSAULT RIFLE 44. Of course history and facts have no bearing when it comes to the propaganda that the gun industry front/gun fetish groups put out. Here is another example from a “fact” sheet put out by the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic — a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.

Funny, as a veteran I know full well that rifles and machine guns are two entirely different categories. Apparently the chickenhawks that run these gun fetish groups must not. The M-16 is the military version of the AR-15 and it is a RIFLE that is fed ammunition through a magazine. A “machine gun” is larger and is fed ammunition via a “belt.” The M-16, even though capable of fully automatic fire, is labeled by the United States military as a RIFLE and NOT a machine gun. The AR-15, a civilian derivative of the M-16, is also a RIFLE. So if the M-16, even though capable of fully automatic fire, is labeled as a RIFLE one would assume that the AR-15, from the same family, is also a RIFLE? So in other words the capability of fully automatic fire is NOT just restricted to machine guns and it is NOT a defining element as to whether a rifle is considered an “assault rifle.”

The loser cowards that walked into Sandy Hook, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, Umpqua Community College, and the dozens of other now infamous locales didn’t choose their weapons based on “sporting.” They chose them to be used for what they were designed for: to KILL. That is the same for the pistols and rifles that these cowards used. These weapons were designed to KILL and most were derivatives of weapons designed for military purposes and wartime use.

But what do I know? I only served in the military unlike most of the “leaders” and mouthpieces of these gun fetish groups.

Don’t for one second believe that “nothing” can be done about these mass slaughters and that we somehow have to just “accept” them as being part of American life. There are now more guns than people in this country. When does it become enough? When our streets, schools, mass, theaters, and other public gathering areas resemble Baghdad? Mogadishu? Kabul?

It’s time to stop pretending that the Constitution is a suicide pact and that we just have to accept mass murder as a part of life. We live in a culture of death, death, and more death. When schools aren’t being shot up the great purveyors of the Second Amendment are killing animals to satiate that sick American bloodlust.

Great purveyor of the Second Amendment. Be proud 'Murica. Photo used via Fair Use.

Great purveyor of the Second Amendment. Be proud ‘Murica. Photo used via Fair Use.

We are indeed a culture of death and those that fetishize over it always prey on the weak, be it animal or human. I am ashamed to share the same nationality and species as the thing above. Isn’t America great? Mass shootings, mass slaughter of animals, bombing hospitals, and on and on and on. If we continue to use our Constitution and the perverted notion of “American Exceptionalism” as an excuse for killing the innocent in our own borders and exporting that killing to other locales than we are no better than the monsters we are fighting against.

Shame on you America and your sick death fetish.