I’m firmly convinced that the New York Daily News exists entirely for my amusement.
Delicate flower Gersh Kuntzman became a laughingstock two days ago for his hysterical, grossly exaggerated description of his recent experience firing an AR-15.
Now Congressman and ex-Marine—and I’m using that term intentionally—Seth Moulton has popped up on my radar to prove that Blue Falcons are far from an extinct species.
Before popping up on the Daily News, Moulton, who represents Massachusetts’s 6th congressional district, proudly appeared on Twitter the other night attempting to trade off his experience as a Marine in Iraq for credibility as a gun control advocate here in the United States.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) June 14, 2016
The M4 carbine Rep. Moulton carried when he was still an honorable Marine serving the United States is indeed an assault rifle. An assault rifle is “a selective-fire rifle chambered for a cartridge of intermediate power.”
On the American-designed M16 rifle and M4 carbine, the three-position selector switch (hence, selective-fire) is located on the lower receiver. Depending on the exact model of rifle or carbine, the three positions are safe, fire (semi-automatic or one-shot per trigger pull), and burst fire (variants may fire either three shot bursts or have the ability to fire fully-automatic until the trigger or released or the rifle runs dry).
Ex-Marine Moulton, now a turncoat betraying his oath as a Marine to defend the Constitution, posts a picture of himself holding a Colt M4 assault rifle in Iraq and says:
“I know assault rifles. I carried one in Iraq. They have no place on America’s streets.”
Seth Moulton lacks the integrity to tell you is that no civilian can own that gun, and no civilian ever has.
The M4 carbine, a shortened variant of the M16 assault rifle, was introduced into military service in 1994.
Eight years prior to that, however, President Ronald Reagan signed the Firearm Owners Protection Act into law. The most controversial piece of that legislation was the so-called “Hughes Amendment.”
It amended 18 U.S.C. § 922 to add subsection (o):
(o)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun.
(2) This subsection does not apply with respect to—
(A) a transfer to or by, or possession by or under the authority of, the United States or any department or agency thereof or a State, or a department, agency, or political subdivision thereof; or
(B) any lawful transfer or lawful possession of a machinegun that was lawfully possessed before the date this subsection takes effect.
The law went into effect in May, of 1986. Civilians have been barred from purchasing machine guns, including the M16 and M4 assault rifles used by the United States military, for 30 years.
The only exception to that law, and noted in subsection (2), are those registered machine guns (including machine pistols, submachine guns, and assault rifles) manufactured and registered with the ATF in accordance to the National Firearms Act prior to May of 1986.
Put bluntly, the assault rifle Moulton carried in Iraq has never been for sale in the United States to the civilian market.
Not even one.
The most popular civilian rifle sold in the United States is the AR-15. There are an estimated nine million currently on the market.
The AR-15 is not an assault rifle. It is not capable of selective fire.
The AR-15 selector-switch looks like this.
AR-15s—and all other rifles, handguns, and shotguns manufactured in the United States have the ability for the gun to be put on safe, or the ability to fire a single round when the trigger is pulled. They are not assault rifles.
Seth Moulton is a deceptive pile of filth.
No wonder he found a home in the Constitution-hating Democrat Party.