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Media Continues Perpetuating VPC Machine Gun Deception

Media Continues Perpetuating VPC Machine Gun Deception
The lie depends on misrepresenting why the Founders admitted the right of the people to keep and bear arms. (Washington and Lafayette survey Valley Forge encampment — Library of Congress)

“The days are growing colder, and millions of American hunters will soon pursue a time-honored tradition,” Dana Milbank of The Washington Post sneers. “They will load their automatic weapons with armor-piercing bullets, strap on silencers, head off to the picnic grounds on nearby public lakes — and start shooting.”

Right off the bat this apparatchik lays in with the demonizing lies. The very title of the piece and the subject he launches from, “recreation” and “hunting,” have nothing to do with why the Founders included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. And everybody’s up on where”sporting purpose” mandates originated, right?

But Milbank knows it’s not about hunting. His intent here is to spook the herd and incite the ignorant to demand government take away a right they never learned enough about to value or to use. From you who do.

He’s counting on them being unaware that states establish seasons year-round for specific game, as well as limits on what can be used, how many may be taken, and where. As for “armor-piercing bullets”, that’s sour grapes over the Obama administration’s failure, with cheerleading by Fourth Estate Fifth Columnists like Milbank, to ban M855 ammo, “the second most popular variety of ammunition used in the nation’s most popular rifle.” Such ammunition, by the way, does not meet the legal definition of “armor piercing.” The fact is popular rifles fire ammunition penetrates body armor rated for handguns.

Then again, there’s no ridiculous lie about ammo you can’t feed a crowd primed to swallow whoppers:

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Yes, anyone who would vote for this … this thing … is that stupid.

Including the swipe at “silencers” is simply Milbank adding his voice to those attempting to gin up opposition to the SHARE Act. And to maintain that hunters will “star shooting” at “picnic grounds” is just an outright lie, which should not surprise anyone considering the character who wrote it.

Another lie, one that has been refuted so many times that for anyone to continue spreading it means they’re deliberately deceiving people, is using the term “automatic weapons.” Not once in his creed does Milbank use the word “semi-automatic,” and that’s straight out of a strategy originally laid out by Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center back in 1988:

“The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.”

Media Continues Perpetuating VPC Machine Gun Deception
Pravda’s got nothin’ on U.S. “Authorized Journalists.”

By bursting out of the starting gate with nothing but deception, Milbank kills any incentive to slog through the rest of his screed. If you do anyway, NRA has posted a comprehensive fisking of it that confirms it only goes downhill from the opening paragraph.

In a way, gun owner rights advocates should take heart from this, as it further demonstrates that the monopoly of violence lobby wants our guns so badly it’s willing to resort to such contemptible tactics to swindle them away. That gives us an opportunity – if we’ll only take it – to correct the record to those who have not pursued the issue beyond what they take in from the “mainstream media.”

If we don’t make the minimal effort to share the truth now, while things are relatively easy, it will only get more difficult later. An observation from Hosea 4:6 comes to mind:

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Milbank and subversives like him are counting on it. And they’re the ones with the major media amplifiers.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. The days are growing colder, and the media is becoming more and more irrelevant, and Dana Milbank of the Washington Post will will soon pursue a time-honored tradition of regurgitating the same swill he has been spewing for most of his gun hating life in the hope that maybe someone will pay attention. Sadly, there will be a few who will swallow his lies.

  2. And… Should we ever be invaded by a hostile power, Congress should hurry and declare all potential battle fields as :”Gun Free Zones”!

    1. Or, Americans can all show up with their “hunting gear” which was clearly the intended target of protection that our Founders had in mind. A slingshot from a duck blind should turn back any hostile invaders.

    1. Robin….well said….That is the bottom line, Molon Labe, come and take it….there is absolutely no way to avoid a serious confrontation or civil war because “they” will never back down and “we” will never give up our Constitutional Second Amendment right……I was born a patriot, have taken the Oath and will defend it to my last breath….so help me God !

  3. i have no idea what the actual numbers are but i do know that i was career army and am now a retired soldier. there are many of us and we all have arms to one degree or another but the main point is that we have them, we use them, we have the arms and munitions to train with them and we are very proficient in the art. we value our freedom and are not afraid. if met with force we are very capable of returning that force many times over and we are vigilant. peace and love so long as we are allowed to remain peaceful……………..

  4. I am not concerned about this buffoon or any other anti-American, anti-Constitution idiots. They can blabber on, pass any laws they want, do anything else they want in their illegal, immoral attempts to destroy our nation. Absolutely nothing they say or do applies to me. No laws they pass apply to me. Their ignorance and evilness don’t affect me or apply to me. My wife and I will keep all of our guns and ammo, and we will by God use them for the purpose our founding fathers meant for them to be used against any and all who would attempt to violate our rights. End of discussion.

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