After any mass shooting involving an AR-15, there seems to be a run on the rifles … from reporters buying them to write stories on how easy it was for them to obtain one legally. And then there are the journalists, like Piers Morgan, who bring a camera crew along with them to the firing range and actually squeeze off a couple of shots to convey what it’s like.
We’re reminded of New York Daily News reporter Gersh Kuntzman, who, just days after the Orlando nightclub shooting, went to the range to fire an AR-15, and claimed that the experience gave him “temporary PTSD.” “The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick,” he confessed.
Now we have another reporter giving a very extensive narrative about his trip to the firing range. Kevin McCallum visited Vermont’s first indoor firing range and lived to tell about it, barely.
Reporter "rattled" after firing AR-15 at Vermont's first indoor gun range: "It felt like a meteor had struck the earth in front of me. A deep shock wave coursed through my body, the recoil rippling through my arms and right shoulder with astounding power." https://t.co/7q7h9lqcmO pic.twitter.com/1jP6nepsSA
— Rob Romano (@2Aupdates) August 5, 2021
It is difficult to describe the impact — physical and personal — of that first shot. It felt like a meteor had struck the earth in front of me. A deep shock wave coursed through my body, the recoil rippling through my arms and right shoulder with astounding power. Being that close to an explosion of such magnitude — controlled and focused as it was — rattled me.
What an absolute stud! So much testosterone flooding through his veins I bet he has to shave twice a day. https://t.co/bzNAcWiKJi
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) August 5, 2021
Here’s where we link to all the YouTube videos of 7-year-old girls firing AR-15s:
— License to Will (@wharrison51) August 5, 2021
Oh gosh did they cry too? pic.twitter.com/m8aZdOnxo3
— Heather Champion (@winningatmylife) August 5, 2021
If there's a shortage in dipshittery in your life,
read this. Holy crap!
— Billy Joe Remarkable, Ockham's Salad Shooter (@Harry_Bergeron) August 5, 2021
Betas posting their low-T levels
— 100 Proof 🥃 (@ChampionCapua) August 5, 2021
Size four me, shooting an AR-15 in an indoor range, 8” target, max distance (25 yards).
Do I seem rattled? pic.twitter.com/vcGZ5gIzTB
— How’s My Vaccination Status? 1.800.JUS.TGFY (@corrcomm) August 5, 2021
— Zizz (@hraphanidousai) August 5, 2021
My mother in her 70s can shoot an AR-15 without issues. And she's tiny.
— Captain Bearatio Hornbearer (@Bearocalypse) August 5, 2021
Oh sweet Jesus.
— I’m just the cook (@Shanti__Ananda) August 5, 2021
— Ingenuous Firebrand (@ING2Firebrand) August 5, 2021
Did someone remove the buffer spring as a joke before they fired it?
— Beez (@PBiz3) August 5, 2021
When do his romance novels come out?
— Bran Nunya (Extremist) (@BranNunya) August 5, 2021
The first time I ever fired an AR-15, I was surprised how little recoil there was, how easy it was to fire, and not much louder than my 9 mm.
I have to wonder what he was actually shooting.
— 𝔇𝔢𝔞𝔱𝔥'𝔰 𝔊𝔲𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔞 𝔓𝔦𝔤 4.0🇺🇲 (@DeathsGuineaPig) August 5, 2021
Hand him a snub nose S&W .500 and tell him that it's just an old lady's purse gun.
— Assault Clip (@assaultclip) August 5, 2021
"I'm not sure what scared me more — the power of that weapon or the fact that I could have taken one home that day. "
I'm always baffled as to how these people can't seem to trust themselves.
— lazy river (@newplasticbags) August 5, 2021
I honestly get the feeling he'd fail the checks.
— NateGraynor (@GeorgeOlduvai) August 5, 2021
— J Ruckus (@J_Ruckus3614) August 5, 2021
Bro, save some chicks for the rest of us.
— Ryan Horton (@ryanhorton) August 5, 2021
That ending is so cringey
— Aaron (@Charlieday1993) August 5, 2021
How does he feel every time he gets behind the wheel of a car?
— Faye Hausendorff (@FayeH321) August 5, 2021
I fired an AR-15 for first time when I was 14 and I LOVED it.
— The Rising Red Sun (@NapalmLust) August 5, 2021
Surprisingly, the comments are closed at the publisher’s website.
— Froggy✝️🔱 #Bitcoin (@nadomatt) August 5, 2021
We’ll cut the guy some slack; his write-up seemed fair, and he did mention he hadn’t fired a gun since summer camp more than 35 years ago. He should probably visit Meteor Crater in Arizona to get some perspective, though.
He’ll probably be back at that range next week.
— Ye-p (@JudsonMinges) August 5, 2021
NY Daily News writer explains why AR-15s are scary and evil (but can’t be bothered with facts) https://t.co/SO4D3svPsv
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 14, 2016