It was fairly quiet after the Virginia ball-field shooting this week I wondered what was up.
The talking points repeated this time around was the the assailant used a "high-powered rifle". That's as nonsensical and useless as saying your car has wheels. All rifles are "high-powered"; some more, some less. Curiously, the mass-media wasn't blubbering about an "assault weapon" this time (another stupid descriptor).
But, I did hear the assailant did fire shots in quick succession, indicating a self-loading ("semi-automatic") rifle. I did my research. Here's what you probably didn't hear:
The weapon used in the assault was an SKS rifle. It was introduced in 1945, and withdrawn from front-line use in 1949 (replaced by the AK-47). It is NOT what most illiterate gun-grabbers can call an "assault rifle". It has a wood stock, no pistol grip and no detachable magazine. It holds that magic 10 rounds than anti-gun folks seem to think is the "right" amount. It is listed by the BATF as a "Curio / Relic" for collectors. And finally, it is definitely NOT "high powered". It was designed to shoot an easier recoil intermediate sized round. The SKS is popular among collectors, and budget-minded hunters looking for a medium-ranged rifle.
So, why the silence from the gun-banners? It's hard to demonize a wooden relic that isn't all black and evil looking. So, they didn't bother this time. The irony is that the SKS is functionally identical to the AK-47 and similar to the AR-15. I just looks more like that rifle Uncle Joe used to used. Y'know, not scary.
So, they put out false information about the rifle being "high-powered", then the lie of omission regarding the fact the thing was a flippin' antique. Typical biased crap.
Once again, it wasn't some bad thing that loaded itself and pulled it's own trigger. It was a hate-filled man spurred-on my caustic rhetoric that tried to kill.
Too bad the rifle wasn't black. And that inconvenient political leaning of the assailant. It would have made the story fit their biased narrative better.