Man orders a flatscreen TV from Amazon and instead receives a Sig Sauer SIG716 assault rifle.
This happened in my neighborhood.
Here’s the better story.
“He says that some ensuing comments by gun-rights blogs that picked up on the story mocked him for calling the police.” - via.
Okay, so I’m a completely middle-of-the-road person when it comes to gun control—but gun nuts are calling him a pansy for calling the police?? What the fuck is wrong with people? (Rhetorical question, people are batshit.)
Wow. Don’t read the comments on the click through.
I have so many feelings about this. And they don’t agree with each other. I’m okay with weapons like this, but I don’t have the answer to qualify what “in the right hands” means.
I know people who have Sig Sauer rifles. I’ve fired 2 of them. Yes,I’ve fired “assault” rifles. I fired them primarily on shooting ranges. In skill-building scenarios, mostly. See, when I was a teen, I fired shotguns at clay pigeons, which are targets. Over the years I’ve had opportunities to fire several types of weapons. I’ve never shot anything alive, and I don’t intend to. However, I have taken the time to instruct myself how to fire weapons. Handguns, shotguns, rifles, and assault rifles. I hope I never find myself in a position to need to know how to fire a weapon for survival, and I’m uncertain that I could actually fire at another person, but if I ever did need to in order to protect other people, I’m glad I know how to chamber a round, remove the safety, and properly aim. So many of us are obsessed with shows like The Walking Dead and Falling Skies. What if? I know it’s ludicrous, but if you saw Red Dawn, you’ll know how important it is to be able to be a proper Wolverine.
Like the crossbow game in “Threadneedle Faire” at Busch Gardens, The Old Country, it’s fun to get better at it. It made me really respect the weapons, and solidified my decision that I don’t want them in MY house. This past December, my (then) 17 was working on a project for school about Vietnam vets and PTSD. She asked if I knew anyone who had some bullet shells she could use in her sculpture for the project. After a few discussions, we reached the conclusion that she could empty the shells by firing the weapons herself, at a firing range, under very safe conditions. Afterwards, her reflection was, “I’m glad I did it. I don’t think I’ll ever fire a gun again, but I have a new found respect for how powerful they are.”
She fired an AR-15, which is the semi-automatic version of the Americans’ in Vietnam M-16, and a MAC 10, which is a semi-automatic variant of the Chinese SKS, the version fired by the many of the Chinese-equipped Vietnamese. The SKS is basically the Chinese version of the Russian AK-47. “It makes a very distinctive sound when fired, sir.” This firing range is very safe, and people there police each other well.
In addition, it became a social place. I ran into the woman below at the shooting range that day. We had never met, but we were both wearing our McCormack’s Irish Pub jackets. The Sig Sauer she’s holding is the second one I’ve shot. We started up a conversation because of the jackets, and had some nice conversation. She apparently goes by the moniker “EMT Sarah”. She is an EMT. I used to be. We both have seen first hand, multiple times, the damage guns can do. We both respect these weapons. Incidentally, neither the guns or we are loaded in the picture below. That’s a big no-no at the firing range, until you’re at the firing position, which you may not be able to see from the photos, but is a 12-foot long culvert (the cement “pipes” that go under driveways in areas with ditches), which prevents any cross-fire. Also, hand guns are prohibited at this shooting range; they require different safety precautions, so there is a different shooting range for them about a mile or so away in this park.
So, see, I think the right people should be allowed to own these weapons. But who are the right people? And seeing the mistake made where this weapon was sent to a customer expecting something else? That’s sloppy work in an Amazon distribution center. Having worked in retail, I watched our shipments migrate from private delivery companies to UPS, DHL, and FedEx. It’s what’s used to ship inventory now, especially to a smaller store like RadioShack, where I worked. Our entire weekly stock shipments arrived through a combination of the 3 delivery services by the time I left. I have no problem with firearms being shipped, but DAMN. The wrong label ended up attached to that box. That’s disgraceful. However, with their volume of shipping, I’m frankly surprised this is the first time we’ve heard of this happening.
So, I’m still conflicted. I shared this with all y’all, because you’re a lot more my friends than a bunch of people on Facebook, and I really don’t want to hear what they have to say. I at least respect you guys, so take me to task if you want. Many, many more people are killed by idiots improperly driving their cars. I think driving privileges should be stricter than they are, too. It’s not a fair comparison, but my point is that things are a lot less safe when we allow lax control, to begin with, and it’s damned hard to reverse it. The Second Amendment was written loosely, but because it was a very different time. AND it was an Amendment: An “oh, shit, we probably should have included this, too. Do over!”