SAN FRANCISCO —
This has been all over the news for two days, and is now being covered as a disaster having been averted because this tool of mass slaughter has been recovered before several hundred innocents could be slaughtered with it.
It is an AR-15 set up as a semi-automatic rifle. It fires a 5.52/.223 shell, basically a jumped-up .22 caliber bullet that Kim du Toit has famously called a “poodle-shooter” round. This round was originally selected by the U.S. military as its standard battlefield ammunition due to its propensity to cause wounds rather than deaths, because of its low power. (Wounded soldiers tie up more of the enemy’s resources than dead ones do).
I have the same capability in one of the rifles I own. It also fires 5.56/.223 rounds, one each time I pull the trigger. There is nothing especially dangerous about this rifle, and nothing about it differs from my own in such a way as to make “special training” necessary for police officers – or ten year old target shooters – to use.
God, how I hate these hoplophobic hysterics!