There's nothing remotely funny about the hideous Orlando massacre, but there’s something awfully funny about a New York Daily News journo’s claim that he experienced “PTSD” after firing an AR-15 rifle on one single occasion in a gun shop. And also bruised his poor little shoulder on the recoil and heard a “horrifying” noise when the gun went bang.
It is odd that the reporter is writing about this in the wake of the massacre because, in point of fact, and as our intrepid reporter Gersh Kuntzman himself admits, mass-murderer Omar Mateen didn’t use an AR-15 when he killed 49 patrons of an Orlando nightclub and wounded 53 others early in the morning of June 5.
But all good liberals are trying to get the AR-15 banned (and pinning the blame for the massacre on the National Rifle Association, which opposes an AR-15 ban)—so what’s the diff?
Here’s some fun reading from Kuntzman:
I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).
The recoil bruised my shoulder, which can happen if you don't know what you're doing. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.
Forty nine people can be gone in 60 seconds.
But the massacre lasted for three hours.
Then Kuntzman apparently got even more “anxious and irritable” when he discovered that people were laughing at him up and down the Internet. Summer Ratcliff wrote for the Conservative Review :
I'm a 135 lb. female and have absolutely zero fear of firing an AR-15. And. I can tell you, without a doubt, it does NOT sound like a cannon, nor does it feel like a bazooka.
Ratcliff posted video of children firing AR-15s, including her own 7-year-old daughter.
So poor shoulder-bruised Kuntzman wrote a follow-up column complaining about all the meanies who called him “Cupcake” and other cruel names that impugned his masculinity. “The gun debate is also a gender war,” he wimpered—although he notably failed to mention Summer Ratcliff and what she had to say.
For the record, the AR-15 is styled a “semi-automatic” because it automatically reloads. It doesn’t automatically discharge. In other words, it’s a rifle.