Beto Declares War on Women!
Mansplaining to 35 million women why they don’t need an AR-15!
The power to weight ratio of the AR-15 makes it the most popular rifle among the approximately 35 million female firearm owners in the United States. For the first time in American history a major party candidate for president, Beto O’Rourke, openly pledged to confiscate millions of AR-15 rifles owned by women. During the height of the #metoo movement female owned arms manufacturers began building AR-15s for women by women and their popularity continues to grow. The fact that the AR-15 is lighter, slimmer, and has less recoil than other rifles makes it a very popular choice for female shooters. This week Beto stated unequivocally, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s.” The biggest question I have for Beto is how in the hell are you, a white male dripping with white privilege and multiple felony arrests, going to disarm millions of armed women? Oh and if you were wondering, women commit less than .1% of mass shootings in the United States and 0% with AR-15s rifles.
The semi-automatic AR-15 was designed in the 50’s for civilian use and fires a small-caliber cartridge with very little recoil making it an effective rifle popular among female shooters. Eventually the U.S. military adopted a version of the rifle heavily modified for the battlefield called the M-16.
Beto is also calling for Red Flag Laws that would suspend due process for women that are determined by their boyfriends or spouses to be ‘crazy’ by prohibiting them from possessing or purchasing firearms. Beto’s evidently had a few crazy ex-girlfriends…
Red flag laws allow boyfriends or husbands to obtain an order, typically from a male judge, based on statements or actions by an individual, to prevent women from owning or buying firearms. For example, if an individual were to go online and post murder fantasies about killing children the court would issue a Red Flag preventing that person, man or woman, from owning or purchasing firearms.
In the case of former Representative Beto O’Rourke once a court was made aware of his online posts regarding his fantasies about killing children it is reasonable to assume, if a Red Flag Law were in effect he would be prohibited from owning or obtaining a fun. For reference here are some of Beto’s more troubling public posts,
“One day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles…. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams. As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.”
Beyond writing about his fantasies about murdering children he posted somewhat homophobic rantings like this one performed by an actor:
Combining Beto’s murder fantasies and homophobic poems with his subsequent arrests for burglary and DUI and it is unlikely he’d be allowed to own or acquire a gun if a Red Flag Law were enacted. The truth is that if the Red Flag Law was in effect and he was prohibited from owning a firearm he wouldn’t have been able to run for political office — much less the presidency of the United States. If we wouldn’t trust Beto with a firearm should we trust him with the nuclear button? I doubt it.
Perhaps even more ironic is the fact that the El Paso shooter was an outspoken supporter of Beto O’Rourke. It took Beto only 9 hours from the first shot to blame the president for the shooters actions — despite the fact that the shooter actually was one of his biggest supporters and an opponent of the president and his agenda. The Dayton shooter, also a Democrat, was a socialist, a supporter of Elizabeth Warren, and was openly critical of the president on social media. Within a day of the shootings Warren not only blamed the president for both shooters actions but also inexplicably the Fox television network. The irony is that since the 2016 election the vast majority of mass shootings have been perpetrated by people of color who identify as Democrats and almost none of them have been women.
While many politicians attempted to link the shooters to Republicans due to their support of the second amendment, other leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blamed the shootings on the race of the shooters. Something about being white was the inherent cause of their crimes. Interestingly there were two other mass shootings the same weekend in Chicago where more than 50 people were shot. The shooters in both of those incidents were African Americans who identify as Democrats using handguns (not rifles) that were illegal to purchase or possess in Chicago. In addition to the mass shootings in Chicago there were also mass shootings in Memphis and Brooklyn where another eight people were either shot or killed with handguns that were illegally obtained this weekend. Once again both the assailants and the victims were people of color. I wonder why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t blame the race of the shooters in Chicago, Memphis, or Brooklyn for their actions — I suspect because such an accusation would be considered racist. The truth is that the vast majority of mass shootings since 2016 have been perpetrated by people of color — not white nationalists and certainly not women.
I want to make it clear that I don’t believe that mass shootings have anything to do with race or political affiliation — mass shooters are simply unhinged people who aren’t deterred by either punishment or death. So what about tougher gun laws? Would those help?
Ironically, areas with the toughest gun laws both in the United States and abroad often have the highest incident of mass shootings — Chicago, Memphis, and Brooklyn are great examples. You’d assume that countries with far stricter gun laws like Norway, France, Switzerland, and Belgium would have very low incidents of mass shootings — turns out they all have higher rates than we do here in the United States — we’re not even in the top ten countries with the most mass shootings.
Mass shootings are a horrible problem but we’ve got to figure out how to stop them without trampling on the constitutional rights of women or men. We should also take their occurrence in context. Everyday in the United States we lose 250 people to medical errors, 150 to the flu, 125 to suicide, 100 to car accidents, and 20 to homicide — as Neil deGrasse points out, “often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.”
We’ve got to stop blaming each other for the actions of a very small number of unhinged maniacs. We didn’t blame Bernie Sanders when James Hodgkinson shot Steve Scalise because he was a Republican — similarly we ought not blame Republicans when Democrats are involved in mass shootings. In any event we certainly shouldn’t disarm law abiding women from either party who own AR-15s. I dare the next presidential debate moderator to ask how Beto plans to disarm millions of women to fulfill his campaign promise. I don’t think Beto has the balls to ‘come and take it’ from America’s women.