Posted: July 17th, 2005 by Militant Libertarian
So I just finished watching 60 Minutes and their totally unbiased reporting on the .50 Caliber rifle.
By unbiased, I mean that they talked to “experts” on firearms like a former gun-runner for the liberation army (they’re on our side, otherwise they’d be called “terrorists”) in Kosovo and the former head of the BATFE to get their information.
Of course, no one who wasn’t anti-gun was included in the conversations. The reporter went out of his way to ask plenty of leading questions about firearms and to make sure the BATF guy got to talk about “a weapons registry…so we can track these people who make multiple purchases for smuggling and gun-running purposes…” and made sure that the former gun-runner mentioned he was “anti-gun” and was only “taking advantage of a situation” to help the people of his homeland.
Multiple mentions that the .50 can “kill a man from over a mile away” were made. No mention of the fact that several hundred hours of training are required to have that kind of accuracy, of course.
On the up-side, the gun-runner did let it slip that “we have a Second Amendment” and that it allows us to “buy anything our military uses.” That’s actually a lot of crap…otherwise, our nation would be in a lot better situation than it is in now. Since we don’t have access to tanks, planes, heavy machine guns, explosives, and so forth, we are much less of a threat to our law-makers than we would be otherwise.
In saying we could buy what the military uses, though, the gun-runner accidentally hit on the whole purpose of the Second Amendment: to make every man on the street equal to the man in the military so that the military (and the government which controls it) is unable to subjugate the people.
Too bad there isn’t an amendment in the Bill of Rights about not allowing the media to be controlled, not allowing mass mind-control through public education, and so forth. Oh well. I guess we take what we can get…for now.
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