It’s weird, not writing ‘Joe Biden’ there. Even weirder to think that Joe Biden wouldn’t make this oopsie: then again, the Vice President didn’t spend most of his adult life in the Senate without learning something. Like, for example, sounding like a blithering idiot when it came to guns.
And so it came to pass that Barack Obama went unto the Urban League – hey, just like Reagan! – and uttered unto them this immortal sentence of wisdom and erudition:
…I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals — that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.
Let us start by eliminating Obama’s false Hegelian dialectic here: yes, indeed, most people would agree that fully-automatic weapons should not be an integral part of the urban lifestyle. Which is why nobody argues that. What they do argue – and effectively, much to the gun-grabbers’ dismay – is that decisions about what constitutes an ‘acceptable’ firearm should not be left up to excitable hysterics who apparently think that a gun is an evil magic item that invades your brain, eats your soul, and then runs your husk as a puppet for the rest of its short, blood-soaked existence*. To be fair, Obama’s just a little too scared of the controversy on this issue to do more than suggest that we ‘start’ doing things that we’re trying to do anyway, like keeping guns out of the hands of mental patients and criminals**.
So now that we’ve got that out of the way… I suspect that if you asked most American gun owners, they would mostly argue that, no, we don’t want soldiers to be carting about AK-47s, either. For the following reasons:
- The US military does not cart around AK-47s. We use the M16 rifle, which is being more or less replaced by the M4.
- Most of our allies don’t cart around AK-47s, either.
- This would be because the AK-47 is a Soviet-era gun that is obsolete.
- The AK-47 is, admittedly, still probably the most popular automatic weapon in the world, given that it represents the best qualities of Russian engineering (which is to say, it’s as rugged as hell and will fire in pretty much any locale that has sufficient free oxygen available for combustion). Which is to say, it’s the gun of choice for failed states and warzones the world over.
So, to put it another way: if you’re in America and you see somebody carrying around an AK-47 – even if he’s also wearing a uniform – then clear the area immediately and call the US military. That guy ain’t supposed to be there.
…Which most Americans with even a nodding familiarity with guns already know, obviously: so why doesn’t the President? – Oh, right, forgot: Barack Obama is an urban liberal academic from a Blue state. Combine that with an essential lack of intellectual curiosity and away we go.
*I’m exaggerating, but not by all that much.
**Unless they’re going to go sell the guns in Mexico, apparently.