President Obama’s speech at the National Urban League Convention on July 26th had a series of tells on his true position regarding gun control.
The President stated “But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals — that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.” The Avtomat Kalashnikova (AK-47) was developed in Russia in 1949 and is still currently used by communist and third world countries. There are more AK-47’s than any other gun in the world, but most notably, it is the preferred weapon of America’s enemies. More Americans have died from AK fire than any other gun but the triggers were not pulled by American citizens.
AK-47’s are sold in America but they are not the AK-47’s of the battlefield. A soldier’s AK is a fully automatic weapon that is designed to fire continuously with one pull of the trigger. The AK’s sold in the United States are restricted to firing one round per one trigger pull, much like a deer rifle or shotgun used for skeet or trap shooting. Fully-automatic AK-47’s are highly regulated and not accessible to citizens for whom buying a gun is otherwise legal.
The AK statement the President made is akin to saying “We must stop companies from putting cyanide in baby formula.” The statement relies on the ignorance of the recipient not knowing the regulations surrounding automatic weapons already in place and makes the presupposition that these guns are bad, they are easily accessible, they must be removed from society and opposing these actions is extreme. AK47 battle rifles are not on our streets.
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