Wow, when I read the title of this article I expected something different. What I expected was also stupid, but not THIS stupid!
Gun advocates spent their Wednesday fighting on Capitol Hill for the right of female civilians to carry semi-automatic assault weapons while their compatriots on the right are mourning the decision to allow female soldiers to carry guns on the battlefield. You can see why gun rights advocates would want women to be the face of their issue, because we don’t associate women with violence or militias or an obsession with blowing things up. But, at this particular moment, this standard National Rifle Association talking point is crashing into another conservative meme: women aren’t fit to fight in combat.
Seriously? They just straight up compared carrying and owning semi-automatic guns with military service! So, wait, because I can stick a pistol in my pocket and jump through the BS permit processes, I’m now fit for combat duty?
I love it when people play gotcha with things they don’t even respect or care about.
But this talking point — especially the part about the AR-15 — is not helping the conservative cause. The AR-15 is the civilian version of the military’s M4 and M16. A gun that’s so light to carry? So easy to shoot? Such a great equalizer of the sexes? It’s what soldiers use in Afghanistan, the gun people opposed to women in combat say women would struggle to carry.
Yep, because me defending my home from an intruder, or defending my life against an attack on the street is exactly the same as running a strike mission in the mountains of Afghanistan.
How can they not be ashamed to pen this stuff? How can Editors not read this and say “Seriously, I’m not printing the garbage!”?