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First-Time Shooter Traumatized After Firing ‘AK-AR-15-Shotgun'
When New York Daily News journalist Gersh Kuntzman penned his recent article about the first time he fired an AR-15 — originally titled “What is like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, dangerous and very very loud” (“dangerous” has since been changed to “menacing”) — he clearly had not anticipated the shit-storm that would surely follow. To write an article so blatantly misleading about an assault rifle that hundreds of thousands of Americans can assemble and dissemble with their eyes closed, and at a time when the national debate over gun control is raging fiercer than ever, is incomprehensibly arrogant. It’s like dry humping a hornets nest and thinking you won’t get stung.
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Kuntzman got stung. A lot. His exaggerated claims that the rifle’s recoil bruised his shoulder, felt like a bazooka, sounded like a cannon, and gave him a “temporary form of PTSD” have triggered a deluge of parody videos, satirical articles, and memes that together paint a portrait of a journalist who is comically out of touch with reality. I’m now convinced that, either out of willful ignorance or just plain old ignorance, Kuntzman had simply failed to adequately size up his ideological opponents. He didn’t realize that people who own or support the ownership of assault rifles aren’t just a bunch of brainless, bloodthirsty barbarians. Now we have a bunch of really great jokes.
I’ll confess that I did my best to resist writing anything else about Kuntzman. There doesn’t seem to be much more to say on the matter, and, to be honest, I’ve started to feel a little guilty about taking shot after shot at such an easy — and sensitive — target. But when I came across this video, produced by The 413 Lads, an amateur South Carolina-based comedy troupe starring two ex-Army infantrymen, my resolve gave way to something else: uncontrollable laughter … and I’m completely sober. It’s just too good not to share. So, without further ado, I present to you “Reporter Shoots Gun For First Time, Changes Life!!” — a Kuntzian masterpiece.
A group of vets are raising money to pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
A doctor who treated accident victims has a radioactive isotope in his body. Russia says it came from his diet
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.
Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.
Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.