|Czar and Dat Ho recreate 'Puter's massive|
pimp smack of E.J. Dionne in Castle
Gormogon's cabaret room before a
standing room only crowd.
Recap: 'Puter thinks E.J. Dionne is an overpaid and intellectually deficient liberal columnist who makes far too much money for parroting to Democrats talking points written by President Obama's press flacks. 'Puter frequently tears down Mr. Dionne's faulty logic and flawed premises. Recently, 'Puter tore apart Mr. Dionne for using the Washington Post's opinion pages to call for a ban on automatic weapons, despite the fact that automatic weapons have been de facto banned since 1934's National Firearms Act.
As a recap, here's the text of 'Puter's email:
In today's opinion pages, Mr. Dionne's piece contains a materially misleading statement based on a false premise. Mr. Dionne states "isn’t the more direct solution to ban automatic weapons and oversize magazines so that when someone does go off the rails, it won’t be possible for him to shoot off close to 100 rounds in 100 seconds?" Mr. Dionne is clearly referring to the recent tragic massacre in Aurora, Colorado. His language strongly implies that automatic weapons (1) were used in the massacre and (2) are widely available in the marketplace. Both implications are patently and provably false.
Automatic weapons have been subject to a de facto ban since the passage of the National Firearms Act in 1934. Here's a link to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' description of the National Firearms Act. Civilians may still possess, purchase and transfer automatic weapons provided they comply with governing regulations, but the regulatory hurdles put in place by the NFA and BATFE are so high, very, very few people are eligible. Heck, even the gun-hating New York Times managed to get it correct, stating "[f]ully automatic weapons are not widely available on the civilian market in the United States."
Additionally, no automatic weapons were used in the recent massacre in Aurora. The gunman used a Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun (pump action), a Smith & Wesson M&P15 chambered in 5.56mm NATO (semi-automatic) and two Glock .40 caliber pistols (semi-automatic). Even going further back, no automatic weapons were used in the Virginia Tech shooting (Glock 19 9mm pistol (semi-automatic) and Walther P22 .22 caliber (semi-automatic)) or in the Columbine shooting (12-gauge Savage-Springfield 67H pump-action shotgun, Hi-Point 995 Carbine 9 mm carbine, 9 mm Intratec TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, 12-gauge Stevens 311D double-barreled sawed-off shotgun).
Mr. Dionne is certainly entitled to his own opinion. However, as many are fond of saying, he is not entitled to his own facts. Mr. Dionne is ignorant of basic firearms facts, purposely misleading his readers or both.
Please have Mr. Dionne issue a correction, or, at a minimum, a clarification.
['Puter's full name]
[Undisclosed Upstate location]
'Puter stated he'd let his loyal minions know if anything came of his tilt at the media's windmill. Well, here's the update. 'Puter received the following response from one Ms. Alison C., whom 'Puter affords the greatest respect, as she is likely fresh out of j-school, working an unpaid internship at the Washington Post, living off the discarded corpses of fetal pigs Mr. Dionne requires to live and Eugene Robinson's toenail clippings. Ms. C. will undoubtedly stop purchasing Mr. Dionne his lunch shortly and start eating his lunch, writing short, sharp columns, using actual facts to support opinion, unlike Mr. Dionne, who creates "facts" to match his opinion. Ms. C. wrote thus: