The scary-looking carbine above is a semi-auto 9mm, one of the weakest centerfire rounds ever used in a long gun. But the “shoulder thingy that goes up” makes it scary. The ignorant Carolyn McCarthy wants it banned.
Feinstein’s new gun ban bill supposedly exempts M1 carbines with fixed stocks…except that it also has a barrel shroud — it’s just made of wood instead of metal. Metal shrouds or barrel jackets aren’t new either, the German Commission rifle (below) dates back to 1888.
So the prohibitionists aren’t in agreement on what they want to ban first but, rest assured, they want to ban all useful features and useless ones as well. In the UK, even gun-like toys and non-functional replicas are heavily restricted. In the US as well — witness all the government schools abusing kids for merely having pictures of guns, much less making toys guns from a piece of paper or a twig. The hatred of defensive tools in the hands of commoners isn’t rational, isn’t going to be sated by concessions and their end goal is total control. Not just over guns but over the language, the arts and over every facet of human expression. Gun prohibitionists are a lot like the Inquisition was — fighting heresy and witchcraft was only a cover for torturing the witches and confiscating the property of the heretics. The modern prohibitionists are mostly starting small — instead of burning us all like they did in Waco, they settle for wishing that we would burn our hands.