Shock “Rolling Stone” expose: The five most dangerous guns in America

posted at 4:41 pm on July 15, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Charles Cooke, is this the worst listicle ever or the greatest?

You’re expecting a list of different makes and models, I know. But look:

2. Revolvers

Revolvers, named for their rotating chambered cylinder, placed second in the ATF’s ranking of guns found at crime scenes more than 46,000 recovered in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics were kept.

Some grenade launchers, shotguns, and rifles also have rotating barrels, but the term “revolver” is generally used to describe handguns. Revolver types include single and double-action firing mechanisms, the latter of which does not require a cocking action separate from the trigger pull.

In order: “Pistols,” “revolvers,” “rifles,” “shotguns,” and “derringers,” i.e. virtually every form of small arms known to man. That’s about as informative as a list touting the world’s five deadliest animals that goes “mammals,” “insects,” “reptiles,” “amphibians,” and “fish.” You can’t promise your reader the cheap suspense involved in clicking through each item of a countdown only to deliver something as broad and doofy as “RIFLES.” Has BuzzFeed taught us nothing? But, arguably, that’s what makes this great, right? The point here, I assume, is to use the list format to emphasize that all guns, even itty bitty derringers, are dangerous. There’s no suspense; they’re all deadly. Gotta ban ‘em all to be on the safe side. There’s a certain honesty in that uncommon to most gun-grabbers’ “no, really, I’m just worried about ‘assault weapons’” dissembling.

But wait — that’s actually what makes this terrible, right? The reason most lefties take an incrementalist approach on guns, starting with scary-looking AR-15s, is because they know Americans are too comfortable with guns and gun culture generally to support a full ban right out of the gate. Moving this Overton window will take time and great effort. Better to focus on a few specific weapons, build opposition, and get them banned so that the public slowly gets used to the idea of certain guns disappearing from the market. Then, when that ban achieves nothing — as everyone understands it won’t — declare that it hasn’t gone far enough and that more weapons need to go. You don’t jump into this fray by trying to freak people out about common semiautomatics. You work up to it. This is a listicle from 2050 transported magically, and foolishly, into the past.


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BTW, I’m on the lookout for an evil military sniper rifle that has no business being out on the streets, so if anyone comes across a Whitworth at auction, let me know.

rogerb on July 16, 2014 at 7:12 AM

“There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous people.”

Forget where I read that, but seems germane to this discussion.

Artemel on July 16, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Not long ago (Bush era) CNN struggled over why the murder rate was down. The next story was them whining over the high prison population.
Even when the obvious is right in front of them the left just doesn’t get it!

kregg on July 16, 2014 at 7:42 AM

The secret to gun control is to be well armed, ready to defend yourself and hope that you are faster than the villains, criminally insane and authoritarian thugs.

kregg on July 16, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Spot on commentary Allah. Nothing I can add.

KMC1 on July 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Best article, best write-up by AP and best comments.
Ever.

justltl on July 16, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I mean a target pistol is only made to shoot targets, so it fires only target ammo which isn’t meant to kill.

ajacksonian on July 15, 2014 at 5:49 PM

That could actually be true in the case of the Flobert & Daisy Heddon VL guns.

roy_batty on July 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

What? Assault rifles didn’t make the list?

I know, rifles made the list but assault rifles would be a subset of rifles like revolvers are a subset of pistols. So maybe a revolver ban would be more important than an assault rifle ban, amiright?

tkc882 on July 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Whoa. Did AP just use the phrase “Overton Window?” o_O

Somebody’s been reading Glenn Beck.

Perhaps there’s hope for the anonymous blogger yet.

fossten on July 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Please, please, PLEASE go read the comments to that idiotic Rolling Stone article.

The mind-numbingly egregious stupidity of the article is full rewarded by the awesomely awesome responses in the comments.

I imagine the writer and editor have never felt so sheepish. And I have rarely laughed so hard. My sides hurt. I’m crying here.

Go read. Now.

Professor Blather on July 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

So, basically, all guns are bad. Excellence in journalism!

Bee on July 16, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Also, I giggled when Allah said doofy. Reminded me of middle school, circa 1990. :D

Bee on July 16, 2014 at 4:57 PM

DANGER!! DANGER!!

How about firecrackers? How about hand grenades? How about box cutters? How about kitchen knives? How about razor blades? How about the wolves the government is releasing into populated areas?

How about misguided and constantly-misfiring Liberals?

landlines on July 16, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Whoa. Did AP just use the phrase “Overton Window?” o_O

Somebody’s been reading Glenn Beck.

Perhaps there’s hope for the anonymous blogger yet.

fossten on July 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

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Whether he got it from Glenn, or not … the term “Overton Window” (which comes from the book title) is extremely handy to use in the political debates that we have here.

There’s no other short-terminology for what it means, so I’ve been very glad to have learned it (yeah, I got it from Glenn), and have used it in comments, myself.

listens2glenn on July 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM

So, basically, all guns are bad. Excellence in journalism!

Bee on July 16, 2014 at 4:55 PM

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I’m sure that if it were submitted to most any College Professor for grading, it would get an A+++ . . . . . but thank God the rest of us are “normal,” so it’s good for several hearty laughs.

listens2glenn on July 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

the five guns most likely to save a life

Gwillie on July 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

BTW, I’m on the lookout for an evil military sniper rifle that has no business being out on the streets, so if anyone comes across a Whitworth at auction, let me know.

rogerb on July 16, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Sad that noone seems to have picked up this knee-slapper! Was interested in a Whitworth, too, but considering the weird barrel and bullet configuration, think I’ll go with a replica Enfield P-58 Naval Rifle, P-60 Army Short Rifle, Sharps, or maybe just an “accurized” Kentucky long. Love the thunder and fire of a classic black powder firearm! What a relief that black powder arms aren’t on Rolling Stone’s so very knowledgeable, expertly compiled, and detailed list. /s/

Relatedly, search “Jack Hinson civil war sniper” for a bracing tale of long-range justice.

Ay Uaxe on July 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

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