David Shields, a member the cognitive elite we keep hearing about, is actually in possession of refined, homogenized, supercharged ignorance. It is a 100 million candlepower cluelessness. Get this…
And the reality is that in the United States of America in 2012, it’s easier in many states to rent an automobile — to buy an automatic weapon than it is to rent an automobile. It’s more demanding.
And I just — you know, one of the things about having been in the Marine Corps is that they teach you how to use guns. They teach you how to use rifles and handguns and automatic weapons.
An automatic weapon? Cripes. The dude was in the Marines?
Okay, let me explain for non-Revoistas who stumble in here: Shields doesn’t know what he is talking about. Automatic weapons are very difficult to own or poses in the United States. New weapons are restricted to military and law enforcement agencies. Only under special circumstances can a private citizen own an newly manufactured automatic weapon. While many machine guns can be legally owned with a proper tax stamp from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, an amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 barred the transfer to private citizens of machine guns made or registered in the U.S. after May 19, 1986. The only exception was for Special Occupational Taxpayers (SOT): licensed machine gun dealers with demonstration letters, manufacturers, and those dealing in exports and imports.
It is extremely difficult to navigate the complex and costly licencing requirements to own any automatic weapon and pretty much impossible to own one manufactured after 1985.
Shields is supposed to be a well informed commentator. Like most on the left, on firearms matters he is just talking out his ass.