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The Real Reasons Why California Leftists Are Terrified Of The AR-15

Brandon Smith
June 20th, 2021
Alt-Market.us
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This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.us. 

This past week a US District judge in California struck down the state’s 30-year ban on high capacity semi-automatic rifles which leftists label “assault weapons”. The judge called the ban unconstitutional (which it is). In response, the progressive media has lost their collective minds, screeching in horror at the idea of AR-15 rifles being legal within the borders of their carefully manicured socialist Utopia state. Their most commonly expressed reaction seems to be fear.

Fear is rarely a rational thing. When someone operates based on fear, they tend to make terrible decisions and support oppressive causes and laws. Fear leads to an obsession with control. Fearful people also tend to look for large mobs of other terrified people so they can feel safe and secure and anonymous. They want to be able to act impulsively on their fears without having to face consequences for it later.

Leftists are driven primarily by two factors: Narcissism, and yes, fear. I’ve discussed their narcissism at great length in past articles; now I think we should delve into their fear.

The most common leftist retort to the question “Why are you so afraid of the AR-15?” will usually be a snort of indignant disbelief followed by the words: “Because it’s a military weapon designed to kill a lot of people quickly…idiot!”

But this is not an argument, it is an expression of irrational fear. Why are they, as individuals, afraid of the AR-15? What are the chances that they will EVER be faced with a person intent on killing them with an AR-15? And, why do they believe that disarming innocent law-abiding Americans will somehow save them from their paranoia?

Let’s examine the first issue of statistical probability; how many people are actually killed by AR-15s each year? Not many according to the FBI, which does not track the stats on specific rifles, but does track the stats on all rifles together. And, as it turns out, only around 6% of all gun deaths involve rifles in the US each year.

How much of that 6% involves the use of military-grade rifles like the AR-15? It’s impossible to say, but even if it was half, or 3% of all gun-related crimes, that would still mean you have FAR more of a chance of being murdered by a knife or blunt object than an AR. By extension, Rifles overall are dwarfed by handgun murders, so, again, why are leftists so afraid of the AR-15?

What about mass shootings? It seems like the AR-15 is a favorite among mass shooters because of its “efficiency”, so is this reason enough to be fearful? According to the New York Times’ own analysis, the AR-15 was used to kill 173 people in mass shootings in the US from 2007 to 2017. Meaning around 17 homicides per year over a decade can be attributed to the rifle. Again, the AR is dwarfed by almost all other weapons in homicide including knives, even when accounting for mass shootings.

With the sheer number of military-grade weapons in the hands of civilians in the US, there should be mass homicides everywhere you look if you take the common position of the typical progressive gun grabber. But, this is not the case. In fact, if you want to increase your chances of being killed by a gun, move to a major Democrat-run city like Chicago, New York, or Philadelphia. In Chicago, there were 4033 shootings and 784 homicides, predominantly in black neighborhoods and primarily with handguns.

So, statistically, access to AR-15s does not increase gun homicides. But what about living in a black neighborhood in leftist-run Chicago under some of the strictest gun laws in the country? Yes, your chances of being shot are MUCH higher (just not by an AR-15).

Since the math does not add up in favor of the leftists, perhaps we should examine other factors that might be driving them to focus on the AR in particular. Let’s talk about “precedence”…

Look at it this way – States like California are a petri dish, a testing ground for the future that leftists want for the entire country. There is an old saying that “As goes California, so goes the US”, and this is because California is often where most experimental legislation is pushed; legislation that violates the boundaries of what the constitution allows. Sometimes it’s New York or New Jersey or some other blue state, but most of the time CA is where unconstitutional precedents are set. Its massive population and a large number of electoral votes make it a perfect target for conditioning the wider public to further restrictions on their freedoms.

This explains some of the fear the media is showing regarding the latest federal court decision on military-grade weapons like the AR. Political elites see California as their own little kingdom with their own special laws, and they plan to eventually spread those laws across America using California as the model. But, if such laws are overturned as unconstitutional, then the precedent actually works in reverse. Now, the leftists are concerned that an overturned gun ban in CA means more blue states will follow and their entire gun-grabbing scheme will go out the window.

The leftist mind thinks in terms of unchecked and unhinged “democracy”. Meaning, they believe that the majority is paramount; the majority is law. If a majority in a society wants to take away your freedoms, then they have the right to because they have the mob on their side. 51% rules over the lives of the other 49%. But this is not how things work in a Constitutional Republic.

Under the Bill of Rights, your freedoms are codified and sacrosanct. They are inherent and gifted by God (or whatever you happen to believe in); government has no domain over these rights. The right to firearms and self-defense is one of these inherent qualities. It does not matter what the State of California thinks, or even what the “majority” of people in California think. If an American in California wants to own an AR-15, then he/she has the right to own an AR-15.

We also cannot ignore the fact that leftists have an insatiable appetite for collectivism, usually in the name of the “greater good”. Collectivism is basically totalitarianism disguised as humanitarianism. They know what’s best for you, and they are going to make sure you follow THEIR plan for your life.

The AR-15 is indeed a military-grade weapon, and maybe this is what frightens leftists the most. Not because they are personally more likely to be shot by one (we’ve already proven that notion false), but because leftists desire control over all else, and with military-grade weapons in the hands of the public control becomes much more difficult. ALL totalitarian governments seek to first disarm the people they intend to enslave or destroy. This is a fact.

When a group of people in power are working hard to remove defensive or even offensive weapons from your hands, it’s best to assume that their intentions are malevolent. They are not trying to help you, they are trying to help themselves.

They will deny this motive to the grave, but look at how the political left has been acting lately: They are the only people that have supported mass censorship of opposing viewpoints. They are the only people that are supported by international conglomerates and Big Tech companies. They are the only people that supported the pandemic lockdowns, which were completely useless in stopping the spread of covid, but they were very useful in killing hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the US. They are also the only people in favor of vaccine passports which would destroy the very fabric of our society and erase what is left of our freedoms.

It’s not really surprising that they want to disarm us as well.

Of course, they will claim that this argument is “silly”. After all, what can an AR-15 do against an Apache helicopter or an Abrams battle tank? Well, these rifles in the right hands can do a hell of a lot to stop a technologically advanced military, as we have seen for the past two decades in Afghanistan. Let us not play games; there is a reason why leftists and elites are obsessed with our disarmament. If military-grade rifles were not a threat to them, then they would not be going after them so aggressively.

Finally, the mainstream media has rolled out all the typical propaganda tools when it comes to spinning the federal decision in CA, including attacking the judge and his character. Almost every single article on this issue focuses on the fact that the judge compared the AR-15 to a “Swiss Army knife”.

The left will continue to use this narrative as a means to distract from the real problem at hand because false conflations and straw man arguments have worked for them in the past. Clearly, the judge was not trying to say that an AR-15 and a Swiss Army knife are exactly the same, or that they are equally capable of killing people. The logical interpretation is that the AR-15 is a tool like any other tool, and it has multiple uses. It is a utilitarian object, not an inherently demonic death machine as leftists would have us believe.

Gun grabbers love to make the argument that firearms are only designed for one purpose: “Killing”. This is a lie. They are also tools for self-defense. They are a means to defuse a violent situation before it even happens. There are thousands of videos on the web showing people with criminal intent running away from a Good Samaritan with a gun. There is no way of telling how many potential victims have been saved by the mere presence of a firearm, but the accounts are documented and numerous.

This is on top of all the other uses for guns, including hunting and sporting uses. So, yes, the judge is absolutely correct; an AR-15 is a multipurpose tool, just like a Swiss Army knife.

In my view, the gun control lobby in America is in the midst of a considerable decline, and maybe it is even about to die. The political left has long operated on the mantra that “the squeaky wheel gets the oil”. In other words, they think if they whine long enough and loud enough about an issue someone will come along and give them what they want just to shut them up, even if what they want is illogical or morally bankrupt.

This strategy has worked out for them for many decades so it’s not surprising that they keep using it, but times are changing. Now, the squeaky wheel gets no oil, at least not from gun owners. The squeaky wheel gets nothing.

Gun control is the big line in the sand for most law-abiding conservatives and moderates, and we have grown tired of the debate because it’s no longer a debate, it’s an imposition of ideology and cultism. All the facts are on the side of gun owners. All the legal protections are on the side of gun owners. All the moral dynamics are on the side of gun owners. As long as we stand our ground, there is nothing that leftists can do about it.

They can continue to lie, they can continue to threaten and they can continue exploiting emotional arguments, but they’ll NEVER get the guns. And, as we have seen recently, we might even start returning some of those gun rights and rifles to states like California, where fear was used to cloud the public mind and people were conned into compliance

What are California leftists and their comrades in other blue states really afraid of? They are afraid that their strategies are failing, that the public is getting wise to their games, that their incrementalism only works for so long, that their true intentions have become transparent, that their narcissism has blinded them to their own frailties, that the law is not their plaything and that every piece of constitutional ground they have stolen over the decades could be taken back from them in the blink of an eye; as fast as a speeding bullet

Leftists and totalitarians fear the AR-15, but what they fear more is what it represents. And with each carefully placed practice shot at every gun range across America, they hear the crushing sound of inevitability.

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    1. I do not give a barn yard rats rectum what any government says or their LAWS. I will own what guns I see fit.
      Our forefathers, as we know, they were brilliant. They knew we needed a 2nd amendment if we were to KEEP our Republic.
      I am not sure our present day citizens are aware that we are losing our republic quickly at the hands of the socialist liberal democrats. Half our country is already indoctrinated and are willing to hand over the keys to our once great country to the OWO. We will lose this Republic without firing a shot in anger or defense! SAD – Sorry fella’s you gave us warning and the tools we are just too stupid and weak to act!

      • Anonymous says:

        How many illegal weapons -guns- do you own now and what kind are they?

        Or are you one of those that only sees fit to own what the government sees for you to own?

        Walk they way you talk, and do it publicly, or remain silent.

    2. Darth Skippy says:

      Democrats love guns in the hands of anything WASP-extinctionist. If the target can be imagined as Christian, white, or chauvinist, Democrats celebrate violence.

      youtube.com/watch?v=Md7OvU5JIcI

    3. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      This article is really not designed to stop 2nd amendment rights from being revoked and is more of a right wing propaganda article.

      The statistics on AR15 deaths are helpful in furthering the protection of the second amendment, but the mind reading and labeling everyone that is fearful of AR15s with a broad brush of being narcissists and communists that want to disarm the public is factually incorrect, even though the government would like that to happen, most of the gun control supporters do not support that.

      The article is correct though in saying that gun control support
      is based on fear, and it is also a matter of optics since mass shooting garner the majority of gun shooting deaths and are covered and hyped in mind-numbing 24/7 coverage often for at least a week, and because school shootings have frequently involved AR15s, and so have attacks on places of worship like the Sikh Temple shooting in Milwaukee which was done by a veteran military nut job evidently suffering from severe PTSD and extreme stupidity since Sikhs are not even Islamic which was his motive for the shooting.

      The argument on the left is that when the second amendment was written technology did not exist at that time to cause extensive damage.

      Is it ok for me to own nuclear bombs and demand large su,s of money from the government?

      Defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon seem to think that it is ok.

      Is it ok for me to start a militia to overthrow governments? Eric Prince seems to think that it is ok.

      The United States tax payers are paying enormously for
      mistakes made by Eric Prince, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, GE, and many others.

      Obviously, we have a government run by the criminal element as well so I would not feel warm and fuzzy with control of those weapons placed solely in the hands of government either.

      They are questions to be considered though for 2nd amendment rights whether you would like to consider them or not, because they are valid questions, ranging from bio-weapons, to chemical weapons, to technological weapons. Until the right is able to define and defend those positions, the left is likely to continue pressing for overturning the second amendment. I am just saying this because it happens to be true, as inconvenient as it may be to address these issues, not addressing them is not helping your cause.

      To deny that the second amendment does not address advances in technology is absurd.

      Andrea Iravani

    4. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      This article is really not designed to stop 2nd amendment rights from being revoked and is more of a right wing propaganda article. 

      The statistics on AR15 deaths are helpful in furthering the protection of the second amendment, but the mind reading and labeling everyone that is fearful of AR15s with a broad brush of being narcissists and communists that want to disarm the public is factually incorrect, even though the government would like that to happen, most of the gun control supporters do not support that.

      The article is correct though in saying that gun control support is based on fear, and it is also a matter of optics since mass shooting garner the majority of gun shooting deaths that are covered and hyped in mind-numbing 24/7 coverage often for at least a week, and because school shootings have frequently involved AR15s, and so have attacks on places of worship like the Sikh Temple shooting in Milwaukee which was done by a veteran military nut job evidently suffering from severe PTSD and extreme stupidity since Sikhs are not even Islamic which was his motive for the shooting.

      The argument on the left is that when the second amendment was written technology did not exist at that time to cause extensive damage. 

      Is it ok for me to own nuclear bombs and demand large su,s of money from the government? 

      Defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon seem to think that it is ok.

      Is it ok for me to start a militia to overthrow governments? Eric Prince seems to think that it is ok. 

      The United States tax payers are paying enormously for 
      mistakes made by Eric Prince, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, GE, and many others.

      Obviously, we have a government run by the criminal element as well so I would not feel warm and fuzzy with control of those weapons placed solely in the hands of government either.

      They are questions to be considered though for 2nd amendment rights whether you would like to consider them or not, because they are valid questions, ranging from bio-weapons, to chemical weapons, to technological weapons. Until the right is able to define and defend those positions, the left is likely to continue pressing for overturning the second amendment. I am just saying this because it happens to be true, as inconvenient as it may be to address these issues, not addressing them is not helping your cause. 

      To deny that the second amendment does not address advances in technology is absurd. 

      Andrea Iravani

      attacked by the retarded hacker again

    5. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Since congress has repealed the AUMF, ( authorization for use of military force ) for 9/11, it is probably because the government has realized that that AUMF would permit military force to be used against the government itself, since the government was involved in the 9/11 World Trade Towers implosion and fake plane attack on the Pentagon, not because the government has decided to adopt moral compasses.

      This was the wording used for the AUMF, which directly targets the federal government, NY state government, and NYC government, the media, and the corporations and their employees, in the World Trade Towers:

      “necessary and appropriate force against parties responsible for “plann(ing), authoriz(ing), committ(ing)…aid(ing) (or) harbor(ing)” those involved in the 9/11 attacks.

      Andrea Iravani

    6. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      The west and Israel are jumping into more PR disasters over the Iranian election of hardliner Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, claiming that thos election was rigged, which they claim everytime that they disapprove of any election, anywhere, including in America.

      With Trump withdrawing from the JCPOA, sanctionining Iranians again, and implementing more embargoes, and assassinating General Soulemani, and blaming Iran without a shred of evidence for any incident in the Middle East, it was perfectly clear that a hardliner would be elected.

      I had warned all in the past and was ignored.

      The western establishments are only adding insult to injury for claiming that the election in Iran was not a free election.

      It is true that the ruling clerics can prohibit people from running, and I do not support that, however, considering that the DNC itself engaged in the exact same practice in the 2016 primary, it is extremely hypocritical.

      The United States has no jurisdiction over Iranian elections, as shocking as that may be, and the U.S. has had election corruption problems of its own, so it is really time that they just shut the fuck up and get their own acts together for once in their pathetic lives. Israel now has forever elections and it appears that the newly elected teams will also disintegrate into another round of elections.

      China and Xi Jin Ping have also been silent on the Iranian election. So much for China and win/win and respecting sovereign rights. What is not said often speaks volumes over what is said, particularly when it comes to Chinese diplomacy.

      Andrea Iravani

    7. Anonymous says:

      Agree with your argument in general, however, please correct… an AR-15 is NOT considered a “military-weapon “. No military uses an AR-15 in a combat situation. A civilian AR-15 does not have the features needed in combat.

    8. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Brandon,

      Does the right actually stand for anything that you believe in? If so, what is it ? I can completely understand opposing the left, but I cannot understand supporting the right. The right is a joke now. They are even more fiscally reckless than the left. Trump’s foreign policy blunders as well as his incompetency in enabling the scamdemic were heinous crimes against humanity. How in the hell can any person defend it in good faith? I do not believe that it is possible. They defend it as paid speech propagandists.

      Please do a reality check on yourself. Are the Repuplicans really worth losing all of your credibility over? You are propping up a dysfunctional system that is anti-American and destroying the country by defending the Republicans after their heinous crime spree which they fully colluded with the left that you despise so much in order to accomplish the total destruction of our country. Biden had just as many Republican supporters as Trump did, in case you didn’t notice just how thick as thieves the left and the right actually are.

      Andrea Iravani

      Andrea Iravani

    9. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      The U.S. military is going to spend $240 billion to build military bases in Central Asia, including Turkmanistan and Pakistan, and the G7 countries are going to spend $100 billion to transition impoverished countries over to renewable energy.

      They sure are generous to other countries! Add to that that the people in the other countries hate them passionately! Maybe if they were as generous to American citizens, they wouldn’t be so despised! Just deposit $240 billion in my account instead. I will put it to good use.

      Andrea Iravani
      https://en.mehrnews.com/news/173894/Why-does-Washington-seek-to-increase-military-presence-in-CA

    10. Jocko says:

      And all this time I thought the left hated AR-15’s because they can’t count past 10!

    11. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Rick DeSantis is simply too anti-Americanto be president, like the other candidates are. Republicans,

      Free yourselves from slavery of the two-party system this Independence Day!

      July 4th! Declare your Independence and stop being a slave to Democrats and Republicans that place defending Israel and corrupt politicians and government employees over defending America from the enemies from within that violate the constitutional rights of the Sovereign – We The People!

      Don’t Tread On Me!

      Live Free Or Die!

      Freedom or Bust!

      Death to the Lawless Banana Republic!

      Andrea Iravani

    12. “Fearful people also tend to look for large mobs of other terrified people so they can feel safe and secure and anonymous. They want to be able to act impulsively on their fears without having to face consequences for it later.”

      This sounds like the BLM riots and the January 6 riots.

    13. Hmm, I remember years ago while in the packing house, I was once told by a co-worker that I should bring one of my handguns to work and shoot the foreman ( because he was a a– hole ( really he was )) and my answer was, ” what do you take me for, an idiot ? and his answer was ” yes, you are goofy enough to shoot the son of a bitch “.Short story, I left the department as fast as I could and didn’t look back, the foreman was later fired ( and he still to this day blames me for him getting fired ( and this happened over year after I left the department )) and the guy who said I should shoot the foreman, he went out on a medical retirement not to long after that. And people called me gun crazy and stupid.

    14. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      People in health care, media, and government have not been hypnotized into assassinations through vaccinations, and I know that for an absolute fact because I have been repeatedly hung up on when presenting hard scientific evidence to people over the fraud of covid-19, the mythological virus.

      Recall that it was the nurses unions that were front and center demanding shut downs and lock downs until a vaccine was developed. Now there is a “vaccine” and what they have demanded to be forcefully injected into other people, they reject it for themselves. How hypnotized is that? It is just yet another one of the many  complete bullshit excuses for psychopaths that absolutely refuse to take responsibility for their actions! 

      You are not hypnotized, and you never were! You are full of shit! You had planned on overthrowing the entire country and now you’re busted! It wasn’t just the government that you wanted to overthrow though! You wanted to overthrow every small and medium sized business, every bar owner, every salon owner, every gym owner, every restaurant owner, and every home owner! You are evil psychopathic monsters! Wake up, grow up, and face the consequences! Let the Nuremburg 2 trials begin! 

      Andrea Iravani

      The fake hypnosis suddenly wore off when it came to accepting the “vaccine” but was in full effect when administering the “vaccine”?! Lies, on top of lies, on top of lies!

    15. Darth Skippy says:

      “It is a utilitarian object”

      Worthless people have a deathly fear of all utilitarian objects.

      Making Microchips at Home – Cooking with Jeri Part1
      youtube.com/watch?v=PdcKwOo7dmM

      There are actually metal milling devices, used in the (f)un factory, available, on the open market, which can print a functioning doorkey from a photo.

      I think, it would be particularly clever, if it could replicate itself. That is, if you wanted mass manufacturing to be available from anyone’s table top.

    16. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Oh, how could it be?! China that so miraculously eradicated China from the Pandemic that never was and that Sputnik Radio Show hosts held to the world as the gold standard in Pandemic and emergency preparedness now has problems at ports resulting in supply chain bottle necks and warning that it will take months to get past back logs and that Christmas will be met with supply shortages?! Oh, China, what happened to your magnificent handling and eradication of the pandemic that never was?! This reeks of Marxist sabotage tactics!!! Does this mean that communists are not better at this? Looks that way!

      Andrea Iravani
      https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/20/investing/stocks-week-ahead/index.html

    17. Brandon Smith is a very good writer. Well written article.

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