You’ve got to be stunned at the gall of the the joyless bullies of Moms Demand Action: they think they have the right to lay claim to entire cities as gun free zones, starting with Orlando, Florida.
Just an hour outside Tampa Bay, Orlando’s newest attraction, and perhaps its most controversial, is set to open this weekend. It’s called Machine Gun America and it’s already become a target for gun-control advocates.
Machine Gun America bills itself as Orlando’s first automatic adrenaline attraction.
“Everybody has something they always wanted to try,” says General Manager Bruce Nierenberg, “this would be on people’s bucket list to try it and have a new experience.”
Machine gun America is itself coming under fire from critics who say the Orlando region was built on a history of child and family-friendly entertainment, and is no place for this concept.
“You’ve got Holy Land right there in Orlando. You’ve got Disney World, and Epcot,” said Lucia Kay McBath, a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, “All places for family fun where they should feel protected.”
Any what, pray tell, does McBath expect to happen? Volleys of plunging fire into the “It’s A Small World” ride at Disney World?
Machine Gun America is an indoor range. The walls, floors, dividers between shooting stations and backstop are bulletproof.
The business—which aims at conventioneers in their 40s as their primary audience—has a 1:1 a range safety officer/shooter ratio. Machine Gun America also says that the RSOs are active participants, always positioned to control the weapon and the shooter.
WTSP.com goes for the emotional hook that shooters as young as thirteen (accompanied by their parent or legal guardian) are allowed to take part at Machine Gun America, which is a terrifying thought to many people.
What the report doesn’t convey is that the range management staff of Machine Gun America has plenty of prior experience with machine gun tourism, with two of their staff coming from the well-established Machine Gun Vegas, which has catered to even younger customers safely under close RSO supervision.
McBath and Moms Demand Action aren’t upfront about their real problem with Machine Gun America, which is to be expected.
Their whining social media campaigns against various businesses are crafted with the Alinsky-ite goal of attempting to make all firearms socially unacceptable, while casting gun owners as irresponsible and inherently violent people unfit for polite society.
A tourist attraction like Machine Gun America, which stands to expose tens of thousands of people a year to the invigorating rush of firing automatic weapons, is a significant impediment from a group that has the ultimate goal of firearms prohibition.
Moms Demand Action isn’t worried about the physical safety of visitors to Orlando in the slightest.
They are, however, terrified that Machine Gun America customers will return home with the knowledge that firearms can be used safely and very enjoyably, undermining the narrative of fear that is the oxygen of the gun control movement.
They aren’t concerned with saving lives… only with their own waning influence.