Self-Fulfilling Prophecy (from Wikipedia): “A prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior.”
Like most things relating to an irrationally religious belief in apocalyptic endings, the Right’s insane obsession with gun-grabbing Obamunist tyrants will eventually be its undoing. You watch.
Case in point Texas-based Slide Fire’s latest creation: a fully legal, belt-fed, AR-15 assault rifle that fires at almost the same rate as an M-16…but is fully legal, is classified as a “semi-auto” and requires no full-auto permit or license to own.
At the heart of the rifle is a modification of the traditional “bump stock.” For those not familiar with bump-firing a semi-auto gun, the idea is to hook your finger hard against the trigger, grip the rifle and pull the gun forward to “pull” the trigger into your finger. The gun’s recoil knocks it backward, and the forward tension you keep on the gun pulls it back forward against the trigger. The resulting cycle simulates something like full auto fire, but with a semi-auto rifle.
As a gun enthusiast, I can tell you that bump-firing an AK-47 or an AR is ridiculous, stupid fun, and it’s a great way to get rid of some rounds at the range. It’s also difficult (because you have to apply just the right amount of pressure), exhausting and makes the gun about as accurate as throwing a bag of squirrels. To help keep the gun stable, regular bump-firers will often install a sliding stock that allows them to brace the gun without breaking a shoulder.
Slide Fire’s new $369 stock is one of those things that’s so brilliantly simple, it’s a wonder nobody’s done it before. (Gun enthusiasts, feel free to correct me in the comments if you know of an earlier design like this. Maybe something with a fixed cross-pin.)
The bottom of the stock extends forward around the trigger. Instead of forcing a shooter to form his finger into a hard “hook,” the extension braces the base and tip of the finger so it forms a “bridge” over the trigger. This allows the shooter to hold and brace the gun as he normally would, and greatly increases accuracy and reduces fatigue.
How much does it reduce fatigue? Enough that Slide Fire just started offering a custom-built AR-15 with the bump-fire stock AND a belt-fed magazine. That’s right…a full-on, Rambo Schwarzenegger-style belt-fed magazine with practically unlimited capacity.
I’m not going to lie….I’ve got mixed feelings about the Slide Fire stock. Part of me desperately wants one, because machine gun. And you can bet that belt-fed modification would follow.
BUT…the rest of me sees a black-clad, suicidal man stalking through a school, a movie theater, a shopping mall or a sporting event very accurately firing thousands of rounds in a couple of minutes without ever stopping to reload. It’s possible I’ve just spent an hour and 24 minutes longer watching “Rampage” than I should have.
If you made it through that movie without masturbating yourself to death, then you might understand when I say that the Second Amendment crowd is seriously starting to push its luck with things like the Slide Fire stock. It’s like they’re DARING the Gub’mint to ban guns that can fire like this. As much admiration as I have for the relentless power of human innovation, this is one innovation that may wind up quite literally backfiring in the gun crowd’s face.
Bump firing is fun, yes…but that’s all it’s ever been. A stupid way to waste ammo and pretend for seven seconds that you were Rambo. But, I ask…what purpose could something like this possibly serve other than to turn a stupid waste of ammo into a legitimate means of killing lots and lots of people? Accurately, quickly and without fatigue as the shooter slaughters one to the next.
So…what’s to be done about things like this? The Slide Fire is a dare…don’t doubt it for a second. These people WANT us to ban any gun that can use it, and that means going to war over EVERY gun. Which is exactly the apocalypse that they’re looking for. Like Syria, this seems to be one of those paths that had but one, very dead, end.
But, I’d like to propose a compromise.
The problem with the Slide fire stock is that it’s easily and relatively cheaply accessible by anyone who wants to kill loads of people. No background checks involved. If only there were a way to at least control the outflux of incredibly dangerous tools like this. Tools that do nothing well but facilitate lots of death. But how do we do that without triggering screams of “TYRANNY!”
Silencers have been around forever, and they’ve been regulated for about as long. Like the Slide Fire, their sole purpose is to make the gun a more effective tool of offensive death. The government recognizes this, and regulates them accordingly. Better than guns themselves. Silencers are legal in many states, but are a nightmare to legally obtain. First, you have to submit to a background check consisting of two forms, a fingerprint card, two passport photos, a citizenship declaration form AND a sign-off from your local police chief stating that you’re not a danger to the public. the process takes 3 to 4 months. And THEN you have to pay a $200 transfer tax at purchase, and have a Class III firearms license if you ever want to sell it. And then you’re officially on a government list of registered owners.
Amazing, huh? Be nice if the guns themselves required half as much effort or background checking to obtain.
So, there’s my proposal, if anyone from the ATF is listening. They’re daring us to go to war over a piece of injection-molded plastic, but we already have the regulations in place to end the whole debate before it starts.
So, let’s get this done. Let’s get added to the National Firearms Act regulation of any component that allows a gun a higher rate of fire than the average person could achieve by repeatedly pulling the trigger. Preferably over an average of one minute. It’s been done with silencers and Sear pins…there’s no reason to let a piece of plastic draw us into a shooting war with every Right-Wing psycho in Michigan.
If you want to make your voice heard at the White House, and get this idea for regulation through to the people who can do it, I encourage you to sign the petition just filed at Whitehouse.gov. Feel free to invite your friends to sign it, but please give them this article link first so they know why they’re doing it.