When a politician who abhors our freedom talks guns they can say
some absurd things.
“America is going to get a lot less safe,” Senate Minority
Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said after a court ruling that
found firearm schematics for 3-D printers can be shared online.
Schumer then said those firearms “are not only scary, they’re
outright dangerous in the way they can mimic the look and the
capacity of a hardened, fully semi-automatic weapon.”
By “fully semi-automatic weapon,” perhaps he meant machine guns,
which have been heavily regulated since 1934. As for “hardened,”
well that’s anyone’s guess. Regardless of what he meant, Schumer
was most certainly referring to modern sporting rifles, such as
very popular AR-15s with his reference to “semi-automatic
weapon.” Schumer, and other anti-gun politicians and media
members, like to pretend that modern sporting rifles are the
same as M4 carbines used by the U.S. military. They then spin
this to say that American citizens shouldn’t have “weapons of
It means nothing to them that modern sporting rifles are not
machine guns. They also don’t seem to realize that throughout
American history citizens have always used gun designs that are
similar to those used by the U.S. armed forces. They also don’t
seem to realize that many of the innovations in firearms and
related products the U.S. armed forces use have been developed
and extensively vetted in the American marketplace before being
adopted by the U.S. military.
Still, there is also a heavy helping of hypocrisy to this story.
In March of 2011 Schumer put a press release on his website
titled “Schumer: 40-50 New Jobs Coming to Remington’s
Manufacturing Plant in Ilion” that said, “Today, U.S. Senator
Charles E. Schumer joined Remington officials and plant
employees to announce that Bushmaster Firearms is relocating a
manufacturing facility from Windham, Maine, to Ilion, N.Y.,
bringing over 40 new jobs to central New York in the process.
Schumer has been a long-time supporter of manufacturing at the
Remington plant, urging top Army officials to open up
competition for the Army’s small arms contracts to other U.S.
manufacturers and domestic producers across the country like the
Ilion, N.Y.-based Remington. Today, Schumer applauded
Remington’s decision to add new jobs to the productive and
capable workforce already making the factory an economic
powerhouse in the Mohawk Valley.”
Bushmaster makes AR-15s. These are the same guns Schumer calls
“assault weapons” and wants to ban nationally. On CBS’ show
“Face the Nation” on Dec. 16, 2012, Schumer said we need to
“reinstate the assault-weapons ban.” He said this knowing he’d
never be challenged for hypocrisy by Bob Schieffer or any other
mainstream news journalist. He knows such journalists mostly
support him, but he also knows they don’t have a clue about this
Bushmaster soon left New York after the state banned the sale of
these popular rifles in 2013 with its Secure Ammunition and
Firearms Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Act, but Schumer didn’t put out
a press release on that.